The streak of Stuart Broad’s success continues as the bowler moved up to the second spot in the Test ranking of bowlers.
After his exceptional performance against West Indies, he continued to perform spectacularly against Pakistan which helped him move up the ladder and become the 2nd best bowler in the Test ranking. Only Pat Cummins from Australia is ahead of him.
He is the only bowler from England in the top ten rankings. Following him, Neil Wagner from New Zealand is on number 3 and Tom Southee, also from New Zealand, is on the 4th spot.
The 2nd Test match between Pakistan and England resulted in a draw in which Broad took 3 wickets whereas James Anderson took 4 wickets. James Anderson also moved up in the Test ranking to 14th number.
The duo proved to be lethal as they helped England to win the series against West Indies and they are doing the same against Pakistan as well.
Recently Broad crossed the mark of 500 wickets in Test cricket. Broad became only the seventh bowler in the history of cricket to pick up 500 Test wickets when he reached the milestone while playing against West Indies in Manchester. Broad said in an interview that he never chased the number, he is just playing his natural cricket and he will continue to do so, he might aim to cross the benchmark of 600 wickets as well.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam reclaimed his position in the top five rankings after scoring staid 47 runs. Babar Azam is the only player to be among the top five ICC rankings across all formats.
Till now he has played only 28 test matches and scored 1971 runs with an average of 44.8. Babar Azam notched up his 5th ODI ton against West Indies in his 25th innings in early 2017. He became the second quickest after Quinton De Kock to score five ODI 100s.