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Stuart Broad moves up to third in ICC Test bowling rankings after reaching 500 Test wickets mark

Stuart Broad has moved up to third place in the International Cricket Council Test bowling rankings.

The 34-year-old seamer became just the seventh man and the fourth fast bowler to reach 500 Test wickets as England sealed a 2-1 series win over the West Indies.

Broad’s match haul of 10 for 67 in the third Test at Old Trafford pushed him up seven places to his highest-ranking position since August 2016 and displacing West Indies captain Jason Holder in the process.

Broad – who now sits behind only New Zealand left-arm seamer Neil Wagner and first-place Pat Cummins of Australia – has insisted he is bowling as well as ever, and will push on for yet more Test success.

The fast bowler was overlooked for selection for the first Test of the series, which England lost to Holder’s men at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

But brought back for the second Test in Manchester, Broad hit back in style, helping his side to level the series alongside Ben Stokes before delivering a memorable performance in the decider.

Now he will be looking to overtake West Indies great Courtney Walsh’s career Test haul of 519 wickets, with only Australia’s Glenn McGrath with 563 and England team-mate James Anderson on 589 ahead of him in terms of pace bowlers.

Former Sri Lanka bowler Muttiah Muralitharan leads the list for all-time top Test wicket takers with 800, and he is followed by fellow former spinner Shane Warne and Anil Kumble, who recorded 708 and 619 scalps respectively. 

Broad will now prepare for another three-match Test series, this time against Pakistan, which begins at Old Trafford next Wednesday.

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