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Most Runs in World Test Championship 2021-23

English star Joe Root is the leading run-scorer of the World Test Championship 2021-23 and he is miles ahead of the other batters.

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In October 2017, the ICC announced that there will be a Test League which would involve the top nine teams playing series over two years with the top two teams qualifying for a World Test Championship Final. The first ICC World Test Championship started with the 2019 Ashes series and finished with New Zealand lifting the trophy after defeating India in the final in June 2021. The second ICC World Test Championship was started on 4 August 2021 with the 5-match Pataudi Trophy and finished with the final between India & Australia. Australia won the World Test Championship 2021-23 after defeating India by 209 runs at the Oval. In this Article, We'll talk about the top scorers of the World Test Championship 2021-23.

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Leading Run-scorers of the World Test Championship 2021-23 (Top Five):

1. Joe Root (England) | 1915 runs

Joe Root is at the top by scoring the most runs in the WTC 2021-23. five run-getters. Australia opener Khawaja has to score more than 300 runs to get past Root in the top place. Joe Root will more likely to stay on top of the charts with 1915 runs from 22 Tests. The former England skipper carried his form from the previous cycle into the current one. He started hot with three centuries and a fifty in the first three matches against India. During the 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, Root was the only English batter in the top five run-scorers with 322 runs. In the series against the West Indies, Root scored two centuries but the team fell to a 1-0 series loss. In the first four matches under Ben Stokes' captaincy, Root accumulated three centuries (two against New Zealand and one against India) and a half-century.

2. Usman Khawaja (Australia) | 1621 runs

Usman Khawaja made the most of an unlikely recall at The Ashes to become one of the pillars of Australia in their table-topping effort in 16 matches in the World Test Championship 2021-23. It was a dream return for the left-hander in the opening slot as he registered two centuries (137 and 101*) against England in Sydney. Khawaja's form carried over to Pakistan where he scored (397 runs in three matches) two centuries and as many fifties to his name. Khawaja did manage to finish the WTC cycle on a high, with a career-best 195* against South Africa followed by two fifties and a hundred on some challenging tracks in India during the Border-Gavaskar series.

3. Marnus Labuschagne (Australia)| 1576 runs

Marnus Labuschagne started the WTC 2021-23 brilliantly against their fierce rival England, finishing as the second-highest run-getter in the Ashes with 335 runs which included a century in Adelaide as well as two fifties. After a quiet tour to Pakistan, Labuschagne went on a dream run against Sri Lanka and the West Indies with a double hundred and three centuries in three matches. Labuschagne put his name in the history books in the first Test against the West Indies by becoming only the eighth player in Test cricket to register a double hundred and a century (204 and 104*) in the same Test match. He followed it with more runs in the final Test against South Africa and India. The 28-year-old climbed to the top of the MRF Tyres Test Batting Rankings after the dream double century against West Indies and has held the spot since then.

4. Babar Azam (Pakistan) | 1527 runs

Babar Azam fought alone for his team and once again showed the Cricketing World why he is among the best in the game across 14 Tests in the cycle. He hadn't been great at the start by his standards but he still managed to score three fifties in the first five Tests of Pakistan's WTC campaign. When Pakistan needed him the most, Babar stepped up to play the best knock of his Test career so far. Chasing the target of 506 in the final innings on a challenging Karachi track, Babar took Pakistan from a loss to the verge of an impossible victory before eventually settling for a thrilling draw. Babar fell short of a double century on 196, the seventh-highest individual score ever in the fourth innings of a Test match.

He then scored seven fifties and two hundreds in his next six Tests. The top-order star put in yet another stunning performance against New Zealand in Karachi on Boxing Day to rescue Pakistan in the first innings. His 161 helped Pakistan to reach from 110/4 to a total of 438.

5. Steve Smith (Australia) | 1407 runs

A brilliant campaign for Smith and Australia in the World Test Championship 2021-23 as they lifted the title after defeating India in the Final. Smith contributed with an amazing century in the first inning at Oval which built the foundation for Australia. He finished as Australia's third-highest runscorer during 2021-23 WTC with 1407 runs with an average of 52.11. His best inning came against West Indies in the first test in December 2022. Smith has scored 4 centuries and 6 half-centuries during this campaign and has been one of the key men behind Australia's success.

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Leading Run-scorers of the World Test Championship 2021-23 (Top Ten):

Player Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
JE Root (ENG) 22 40 1915 180* 53.19 8 6
UT Khawaja (AUS) 17 30 1621 195* 64.84 6 7
M Labuschagne (AUS) 20 35 1576 204 52.53 5 5
Babar Azam (PAK) 14 26 1527 196 61.08 4 10
SPD Smith (AUS) 20 32 1407 200* 52.11 4 6
TM Head (AUS) 18 28 1389 175 55.56 4 6
JM Bairstow (ENG) 15 28 1285 162 51.40 6 2
FDM Karunaratne (SL) 12 23 1054 147 47.90 2 8
Litton Das (BAN) 12 22 1024 141 46.54 3 6
KC Brathwaite (WI) 13 26 994 160 43.21 2 7
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