Broad: Steyn still the best


Stuart Broad's heroics with the ball helped England to a historic win and a world number one bowler ranking in Test cricket, but the Englishman still does not think he is the best in the business.

A six-wicket burst for just 17 runs in the third Test at The Wanderers pushed Broad to the number one bowler ranking, becoming the first English bowler to top the rankings since Ian Botham 35 years ago.

Broad moved ahead of Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin into the top spot, after the Indian had spent just over two weeks at the summit having replaced South African paceman Dale Steyn.

And while Broad might top the ranking, he still does not believe he can claim to be a better bowler than Steyn.

"It is not something to take for granted and it is a very special thing to have happened," he said.

"It might sound odd but I'm not the best. Steyn is the bowler of our generation.

"You only have a look at his record, his wickets, his strike-rate, his average; he is the best bowler in the world."

Broad is the leading Test wicket-taker over the past five years with 231 wickets, but Steyn has taken 406 wickets in 82 tests, compared to Broad's 330 in 90.

Steyn has missed the last two Test matches against England with a shoulder injury.

Furthermore, Broad said he does not believe he is even England's best bowler of his generation, with the paceman opting for Jimmy Anderson instead.

"I've been very privileged to play with Jimmy for a long time and he is certainly the best bowler England have ever had in my view," Broad said.

"I didn't see Fred Trueman and didn't watch much of [Botham] live, so you have to judge it on who you've seen bowl.

"So I'm not going to walk away from this week thinking I'm a better bowler than Dale Steyn or Jimmy Anderson because that is not the case.

"But it is a nice feeling to have reached this mark through my performances."