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Stuart Broad becomes top ranked bowler in Tests

Stuart Broad becomes top ranked bowler in Tests
Stuart Broad was also named the man of the match in the third Test in Johannesburg.
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Stuart Broad has become the first England bowler to claim the top spot in the International Cricket Council Test bowler rankings since 2004 after taking eight wickets in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Broad took six wickets in South Africa's second innings as England bowled the Proteas out for just 83 runs and chased down the target of 74 runs in 22.4 overs to register a seven-wicket victory. 

As a result of the win in Johannesburg, England have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match contest securing their first series win against South Africa since 2004-05.

Prior to the start of the third Test, Broad was ranked third with 853 points, but after his performance, he now has a career best 880 points, which has pushed him up to the pole position ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin and Dale Steyn.

The last time an England bowler was at the top of the ICC Test bowler rankings was in 2004 when Steve Harmison reached the pinnacle.

England batsman Joe Root went on to claim the second spot in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen after hitting a century in the first innings of the third Test.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Steven Finn is a doubtful starter for the fourth Test against South Africa in Centurion after suffering from a side strain.

Finn underwent scans on his injury and England coach Trevor Bayliss stated that the probability of the 26-year-old playing the final Test is very low.

“I doubt very much whether he (Steven Finn) will be available for the next Test," Bayliss said.

“We will have to wait and see how bad it is and make a decision on the one-day and T20 games.

“At this stage, it looks like we will have to make a replacement heading into the last Test.

“It's unfortunate, because I thought he bowled with good pace and bounce and was probably our most dangerous bowler in the first two Tests.”

After the defeat in the Johannesburg match against England, South Africa have dropped from the pole position in the ICC Test team rankings while England will finish series ranked in the fifth spot.

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