West Indies bowlers achieve 23-year high

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — West Indies captain Jason Holder and fellow fast bowler Kemar Roach have made significant strides in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Tuesday.

Holder, who last week became the top-ranked all-rounder in the world, jumped four spots in the bowlers rankings this time around and now lies on a career-best sixth place.

The 27-year-old has also now reached 778 rating points which marks the highest by a West Indies bowler since legendary speedster Courtney Walsh retired 18 years ago.

Holder followed up his unbeaten double century in the first Test in Bridgetown with an outstanding performance with the ball in the second innings of the second Test in Antigua last weekend, which the Windies won emphatically by 10 wickets.

It was his spell after lunch that broke the backbone of the England batting and helped send them crashing for 132 all out in their second innings at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

He finished with four wickets while Roach, who scythed through the middle and lower order, also claimed four to end with an eight-wicket match haul.

That performance saw Roach leap eight spots in the rankings to 12th just behind new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel who rose on spot to 11th.

The trio's presence in the top 12 marks the first time in 23 years that three Caribbean bowlers have been ranked so highly on the ICC charts.

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph also enjoyed healthy movement up the rankings, jumping 12 places to 53rd.

In the batting rankings, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich rose two places to 45th, Shai Hope moved up five places to 46 while Darren Bravo gained two places to be 55th, after scoring exactly 50 in the first innings of the last Test.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, meanwhile, inched up one place to 33rd to be the highest-ranked West Indies batsman, two ahead of his skipper Holder.

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