Kagiso Rabada is the best bowler in the world after outpacing the competition

Kagiso Rabada is the best bowler in the world after outpacing the competition

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has leapfrogged over other international bowlers after taking 57 test wickets in 2017.

Briefly.co.za learned that Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who took 63 wickets in 2017 and occupies the 9th spot on the ladder. Despite this Rabada still beat Lyon, this was due to his fantastic performance in the Newlands Test where he too five wickets.

The second best bowler in the world is James Anderson of Britain according to the southafrican.com.

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The only other bowler other South African in the top ten is Vernon Philander. The best batsman in the world is Australian skipper Steve Smith followed by another Englishman, Joe Root. The number three spot is held by the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

The highest ranked South African batsman is unsurprisingly Hashim Amla, he occupies 10th place and AB de Villiers sits at number 13.

The ICC test rankings are as follows:

Batsmen

1 Steve Smith (Aus) – 947

2 Joe Root (Eng) – 881

3 Virat Kohli (Ind) – 880

4 Kane Williamson (NZ) – 855

5 C. Pujara (Ind) – 848

6 David Warner (Aus) – 827

7 Azhar Ali (Pak) – 755

8 D. Chandimal (SL) – 743

9 Alastair Cook (Eng) – 742

10 Hashim Amla (SA) – 740

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Bowlers

1 Kagiso Rabada (SA) – 888

2 James Anderson (Eng) – 887

3 Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) – 861

4 R. Ashwin (Ind) – 830

5 Josh Hazlewood (Aus) – 814

6 Vernon Philander (SA) – 806

7 Rangana Herath (SL) – 799

8 Neil Wagner (NZ) – 784

9 Nathan Lyon (Aus) – 769

10 Mitchell Starc (Aus) – 769

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