Swann flies up to second
Graeme Swann’s maiden Test 10-wicket haul makes him the second-best bowler in the world, according to the International Cricket Council’s rankings.
The 30-year-old off-spinner, who has moved up three places after England’s victory over Bangladesh at Chittagong, is the first England bowler for six years to be so highly ranked. Steve Harmison was the last, in December 2004 - the same year he topped the rankings
Swann, man of the match at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, has rapidly risen up the bowlers’ rankings from 23rd position only eight months ago. During this period, he has played 10 Tests and has claimed 45 wickets, including 14 against Australia and 21 against South Africa which particularly aided his cause.
In total he has 79 wickets in 17 Tests, meaning he needs another 21 scalps to qualify for a full rating. Despite this, a similar performance in the second Test at Mirpur will see him close the gap further on leader Dale Steyn.
Swann has also risen one place to third in the all-rounders’ rankings, but Stuart Broad, who took three wickets in Chittagong, has fallen from eighth to 11th in the bowlers’ list.