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CRICKET: Philander gets top ICC ranking

Published: Monday December 23, 2013 | 12:14 pm Comments 0

South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander has achieved the coveted number-one ranking on the International Cricket Council Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.

Philander moved to the top after a stellar performance against India in the Johannesburg Test, which ended in a thrilling draw yesterday.

Philander had entered the Test trailing team-mate Dale Steyn by four ratings points.

While Philander recorded figures of four for 61 and three for 68, Steyn managed just one wicket.

The contrasting performances resulted in Philander gaining 13 ratings points and Steyn conceding 13 ratings points.

This swing means Philander now leads Steyn by 22 ratings points and the 28-year-old from Bellville will now start the Durban Test as the number-one ranked bowler in the world for the first time in his career.

Philander is now the seventh South Africa bowler to claim the number-one rank.

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