Dubai: England’s Stuart Broad has climbed to third in the ICC Test bowler rankings on the back of his match-winning 11-wicket haul in the Lord’s Test against West Indies. Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies’ batting stronghold and current No. 1 Test batsman, extended his advantage over second-placed AB de Villiers to 57 points.
Broad’s figures of 7 for 72 and 4 for 93 in the Lord’s victory gave him 34 rating points and a jump of five places to put him joint-third with fellow England fast bowler James Anderson on 783 points, while his team-mate Grame Swann slipped one place to fifth after taking 3 for 11 at Lord’s. South Africa’s Dale Steyn occupies top spot with 886 points, followed by Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal at second with 835.
Chanderpaul’s innings of 87 not out and 91 helped him consolidate his No. 1 ranking and he is 22 points away from breaking the 900-point mark again, which in rankings terms if the benchmark for batsmen. The 37-year-old’s previous best ranking was 901 after he scored an unbeaten 126 against New Zealand in December 2008 in Napier.
In the batsman rankings after the Lord’s Test, Ian Bell moved up two places to 17th and England captain Andrew Strauss moved up one to 27th. For West Indies, Marlon Samuels gained eight points to reach 55th and Adrian Barath 14 places to 67th.
Jonathan Trott dropped two places to 16th, Kevin Pietersen fell one spot to 18th, Darren Bravo slipped to 21st and Matt Prior moved down to 25th.