Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad [Photo-Twitter/Wisden]

Stuart Broad, the newest entrant into the 500 Test wicket club, has jumped seven places in the latest ICC Test Bowling Rankings after his scintillating display in the recently concluded Test match series against the West Indies.

Broad has leapfrogged the likes of Tim Southee [4], Jason Holder [5], Kagiso Rabada [6], Mitchell Starc [7], Jasprit Bumrah [8], Trent Boult [9] and Josh Hazlewood [10] and is only preceded by the top-ranked Pat Cummins and the second-placed Neil Wagner.

Stuart Broad Jumps To The 3rd Spot In The ICC Test Bowling Rankings
Stuart Broad [Photo-Twitter]
Stuart Broad, who was left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after having got dropped from the Test team for the series opener against the West Indies, came back brilliantly in the last two matches at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The right-hander claimed six wickets in the second Test to help England draw level the series but it was in the series-decider that we saw Stuart Broad at the height of his powers.

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Stuart Broad is the leading wicket-taker in Tests since the start of 2019

Stuart Broad Jumps To The 3rd Spot In The ICC Test Bowling Rankings
Stuart Broad [Photo-Twitter]
Besides taking a six-wicket haul in the first innings and an overall ten-for, the left-handed batsman smoked a whirlwind 45-ball 62 which helped England post a commanding total in the 1st innings.

The moment of reckoning came on the fifth morning when Broad, just like his partner James Anderson, dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite to become the second youngest bowler and only the fourth seamer in the history of the game to claim 500 Test wickets.

Broad, who was adjudged both ‘Player of the Match’ and ‘Player of the Series’, said in the post-match interview that he is currently bowling as good as ever. And, the stats back his claim too. Since the start of 2019, no bowler has taken more wickets than Broad’s 68 [in 16 matches at an average of 20.98].

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