Yasir rises to top of world rankings


Yasir Shah has become the first Pakistan bowler for 20 years to be ranked as the best bowler in the world following his heroic exploits in the first Test against England at Lord's.

Leg-spinner Yasir bamboozled England's batsman at the home of cricket, taking 10 wickets in his first Test outside of Asia as the tourists won by 75 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

Yasir has taken 86 wickets in his first 13 Tests - more than any other bowler at this stage of his career - and the 30-year-old on Monday replaced James Anderson on top of the ICC bowling rankings.

The crafty Yasir is the first Pakistan bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed, back in 1996, to stand at the summit of the rankings.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also moves above England seamer Anderson, not deemed 100 per cent fit for the first Test, to go second in the rankings.

Anderson drops to third, one place above his team-mate Stuart Broad, with South Africa paceman Dale Steyn completing the top five.

It is as you were in the batting rankings, with Australia captain Steve Smith leading the way ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.