James Anderson becomes number one test ranked bowler

The fast bowler has become the number one test bower in the world for the very first time in his career after his impressive displays against Sri Lanka

James Anderson becomes number one test ranked bowler
Anderson has become the number one test bowler for the first time in his career (Picture source: Getty Images)

James Anderson has overtaken England teammate Stuart Broad at the top of the ICC Test Bowler rankings after his impressive display against Sri Lanka at Durham

Anderson named world's best test bowler for the first time

Anderson helped England go 2-0 up in their series against Sri Lanka as he took eight wickets in the game including five wickets in Sri Lanka's second innings. 

England successfully defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets at Durham in the second test and Anderson was named as man of the match for taken eight wickets for 94 runs.

Anderson has been in fine form with the ball against Sr Lanka | Photo: Getty
Anderson has been in fine form with the ball against Sri Lanka | Photo: Getty

It is the first time in his career that Anderson has made it to the top of the test rankings which just shows how good bowlers are nowadays in each of the different test nations. 

Anderson after the second test with Sri Lanka has taken his tally to 451 test wickets for England which is incredible and he will be hoping to add to it over the summer.

Anderson jumps ahead of Broad who moves down to number three

Anderson's haul of 18 wickets in the series has given him 884 ranking points with Broad on 869 in third with India's Ravichandran Ashwin second on 871 points.

Broad had been top of the rankings since January whenever he had an incredible series in South Africa but with Anderson taken 18 wickets in two tests against Sri Lanka, Broad who has taken 10 wickets himself in the series, has dropped down to number three in the rankings.

England play one more test against Sri Lanka before a four-match series against Pakistan so Anderson will be hoping to continue his great form throughout the summer.

The third test between England and Sri Lanka will begin on Thursday 9th June at Lords where England will hoping to make it a clean sweep in the series.