Stuart Broad becomes number one Test bowler in the world

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Stuart Broad has become the number one Test bowler in the world after inspiring England to victory over South Africa.

Broad's best overseas figures of six for 17 sealed a 2-0 series win in Johannesburg and catapulted him to number one in the International Cricket Council's rankings.

Steve Harmison was the last England bowler to reach the summit, back in 2004, with Sir Ian Botham also achieving top spot in 1980.

Broad, the top wicket-taker in the current series with 15 at 16.46, overtakes India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and injured Proteas paceman Dale Steyn.

Joe Root's 110 saw him return to second place in the batting rankings, above Kane Williamson and AB de Villiers but still behind Australia's Steve Smith.

There was also a bump for Ben Stokes, whose fine series with bat and ball has taken him to number six in the all-rounders ranking.

England have been confirmed in fifth place in the ICC rankings, with India replacing South Africa as number one in the world.


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