‘Ranking doesn’t make me better than Steyn’


England fast bowler Stuart Broad says that he may be ranked as the number one Test bowler in the ICC rankings, but that doesn't mean he's a better bowler than South Africa paceman Dale Steyn.

The Proteas man was the top ranked bowler for a significant period before Broad overtook him earlier this year, but the Nottinghamshire man recognises that Steyn's statistics are superior.

Steyn averages less than 23 with the ball in Tests, which is near the top in terms of all-time figures, and while Broad averages around 28, also a good record, he says that an ICC ranking is not that important.

Broad said: "On the ranking, I'm certainly not going to sit here and say I'm a better bowler than Dale Steyn – I've said before he is the bowler of our generation.

"It's very nice to be at the top of the rankings, but for me it's come really for me through playing a lot of cricket.

"I've played 40-odd tests on the bounce now, so I've been out there having the opportunity to take wickets and bowling within a bowling unit that's creating a lot of pressure.

"It's always nice when you do get to a ranking like that, but it's not something I focus on a huge amount.

"For me, it's all about trying to take top-order wickets and getting us into a winning position.

"When you finish your career, you don't look back on where you got to in the rankings, you look back on test match wins and what the team wins."

Broad will have the chance to extend his ranking lead when England face Sri Lanka in the UK this month in a three-Test series.