Stuart Broad joins James Anderson at third spot in ICC Test rankings for bowlers

Stuart Broad was declared the player of the match, which England won by five wickets and took 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against West Indies Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: May 22, 2012

England bolwer Stuart Broad has moved up five places in the ICC rankings for bowlers in Test cricket, joining teammate James Anderson at the third spot, after his 11-wicket haul in the first Test at Lord s.

International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday tweeted, “Stuart Broad has risen five places in the ICC Test bowling rankings to be in joint third place with James Anderson after the Lord’s Test.”

Broad was declared the player of the match, which England won by five wickets and took 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series against West Indies.

After the first Test win, Broad hopes that he will bowl even better in the second Test at Trent Bridge, starting May 25.

“There’s always room for improvement,” Broad was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“In the first innings I didn’t bowl as well as I could do. But the stride pattern and rhythm felt nice, and in the second innings it improved in less helpful conditions.”

Broad said if he doesn t bowl well in the second Test then the win against West Indies will be futile.

“Any cricketer will say the same – if you take a five-for or score a hundred and lose, it means nothing,” he said.

“You take anything to get that victory. Going to Trent Bridge, it’s important we reset the mind and focus on that challenge.”

“We are good at taking small chunks, small targets. It’s dangerous to look ahead and say we can win 3-0. It’s important we get our minds ready for that next Test,” Broad concluded.