Kagiso Rabada replaces James Anderson as world’s best Test bowler
Joe Root moves above Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson in Test batting rankings
Last Updated: 09/01/18 4:48pm
Kagiso Rabada has replaced James Anderson as the No 1 ranked Test bowler, after helping South Africa to a 72-run victory in the first Test against India in Cape Town.
The 22-year-old finished the match with figures of 3-34 and 2-41, collecting five points to move to the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings.
Meanwhile, Anderson who entered the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney as the No 1 ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points and is now one point behind Rabada.
Rabada said: "It's special to be ranked as the No 1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It's what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game.
"Cricket is ultimately a team sport and I'm thankful for the support from my team-mates. It's a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances."
Meanwhile, England captain Joe Root has moved ahead of India's Virat Kohli and New Zealand's Kane Williamson into fourth position of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Root earned 26 points from the Sydney Test in which he scored 141 runs, but Kohli has dropped 13 points after scoring just five and 28 at Newlands.
Australia's Steve Smith remains the No 1 ranked batsman with 947 points.