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Kagiso Rabada becomes world's highest ranked Test bowler

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South African fast bowler on Saturday became the number-one ranked bowler in the Tyres Test Rankings, after he helped his team to a 72 run victory over in the first Test at Newlands.

Rabada, who was one of the stars in South Africa's successful campaign in the U19 World Cup in the in 2014, had figures of three for 34 and two for 41 against a star-studded batting line-up.

For this effort, the 22-year-old has collected five points, while James Anderson, who had entered the Test as the number-one ranked bowler, dropped by the same number of points following the last Ashes Test.

This 10-point swing means the South African has moved ahead of the Englishman by one point after nine points had separated the two fast bowlers leading into the two Tests.

"It's special to be ranked as the No.1 Test bowler in the world. It is a surreal feeling. It's what you dream of achieving when you start playing the game," a delighted Rabada said.

"is ultimately a team sport and I'm thankful for the support from my teammates. It's a great start to the year personally and for us as a team, hopefully we can continue putting in winning performances," he added.

Rabada is the seventh bowler to top the Test Bowling Rankings after Aubrey Faulkner, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Pollock, Shaun Pollock, and

Rabada's team-mate Philander is the other bowler inside the top-20 to make an impressive gain.

For his match figures of nine for 75, which also earned him the of the match award, the 32-year-old has earned 67 points, which, in turn, has lifted him from 12th to sixth position.

Philander now trails Australia's sixth-ranked by eight points and has an opportunity to break into the top-five following the Centurion Test, which began earlier today.

Outside the top-20, India's Bhuvneshwar and of have achieved career-high rankings.

has vaulted eight places to 22nd following figures of four for 87 and two for 33, while Cummins has leaped eight places and is now in 28th position after match figures of eight for 119, which also earned him the of the match award.

In the Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, Australia's is unchanged on 947 points in first position, but there is some movement just behind him.

England has leapfrogged India's Virat and of into fourth position, while India's Cheteshwar Pujara has slipped from third to fifth.

Root has earned 26 points from the Test in which he was dismissed once in scoring 141 runs, but has dropped 13 points after his contributions of five and 28 at Newlands.

Pujara's scores for 26 and four result in his total falling by 25 points.

South Africa's and have slipped three places apiece to finish in 10th and 16th positions respectively, but AB de has risen five places to 13th with a slot in the top-10 firmly within his sights.

opener Aiden Markram, who was the player of the tournament in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2014, and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are the other big movers from the Newlands Test. Markram has moved up six places to 48th, while Pandya is now ranked 49th after rocketing 24 places.

India's Murali Vijay, and have also lost ground. Vijay is now 30th after dropping five places, Dhawan has slipped three places to 33rd, while Sharma has ended up 44th after falling three places.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 23:20 IST