First time in history: A bowler becomes No. 1 within 24 hours of being banned

In an ironic twist, young South African sensation Kagiso Rabada has been crowned the world's best Test bowler by the ICC just a day after he was suspended by the game's governing body for the rest of the Test series against Australia.

Rabada's player-of-the-match performance in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, where he claimed 11-150 in South Africa's series-levelling six-wicket win, moved him to the top of the ICC rankings for Test bowlers.

The 22-year-old has leapfrogged England's James Anderson to be the No.1 Test bowler in the world on 902 ranking points, with Anderson (887) and India's Ravindra Jadeja (844) rounding out the top three.

Rabada has been suspended for two Tests after his brush with Australia captain Steve Smith on day one at St George's Park.

Cricket South Africa have 48 hours after the charge was issued to decide whether to appeal, with that decision still to be made.

The other big winner from the latest rankings update is Rabada's teammate AB de Villiers, whose brilliant 126* and 28 in Port Elizabeth has seen him jump up five places to seventh on the Test batting rankings.

Smith remains in top spot on 943 ranking points, ahead of Virat Kohli (912), Joe Root (881), Kane Williamson (855) and his deputy David Warner (831).

It will be sad to see the No.1 bowler missing from the 3rd Test between the two sides which will feature four more bowlers from the top 10 of the rankings.

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