England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss has hailed Stuart Broad as the world's best bowler. The 29-year-old seamer moved to the top of the ICC bowling rankings following his match-winning spell for England against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium. Bayliss thinks Broad is peerless based on current form.
Broad's performance against the Proteas helped England to seal a series win in South Africa on 16 January. He took 6 for 17 during his devastating spell, removing key batsmen Hashim Amla and captain AB de Villiers in the process.
"A guy that is 6ft 6in tall and charging in is an intimidating sight from 22 yards away," the England coach said, according to The Guardian. "When he's on, he's on. And when he's on a roll, it's hard to stop him. Thankfully he's still got a few years in front of him. I don't take a lot of interest in the rankings; there are a lot of good bowlers around and on any one day any of them could be the best. But certainly on this performance he is the best in the world."
Bayliss was similarly complimentary about another of England's star performers in Johannesburg, Joe Root. The Yorkshire batsman scored his ninth Test century in difficult conditions during England's first innings.
"You can tell that he's got that hunger to make hundreds and he is very disappointed to get out when he's made a start. The best players look to make big hundreds; scores of 60 or 70 are not good enough for them," Bayliss said.
Following the game in Johannesburg, there have been suggestions England will look to tinker with their team in the final match of the Test series. Bayliss, however, has insisted England will play their strongest possible line-up.
"We want to win 3-0. Reading some of the articles after losing the final Ashes Test, we want to try and put that right. If you want to get to be the best team in the world, you do win series three, four, five-nil. That's the challenge for these young blokes," said Bayliss.