Hosein, Motie make moves on T20I bowling list
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – The West Indies left-arm spin bowling duo of Akeal Hosein and Gudakesh Motie benefitted from strong performances in the deciding fifth Twenty20 International (T20I) against England last Thursday at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
The Caribbean side claimed the T20I series 3-2 with a four-wicket win in the final match, largely on the back of their bowling, keeping England to 132 before completing a chase in the final over.
Hosein, playing on home soil, took two for 20 from his allotted four overs in the match, and he moved two spots up to an all-time high of fourth in the ICC Player Rankings for T20Is, overtaking the Sri Lankan pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana.
Motie jumped 75 spots after claiming three for 24 in his four overs to earn Player of the Match in the same contest, and he entered the top 100 for the first time at 91st.
Pacer Alzarri Joseph, who did not play in the last two matches of the series, is ranked at 19th and fellow pacer Jason Holder is ranked at 26th, but no other West Indies bowler who featured in the series appeared in the top 100, with the out-of-favour trio of Obed McCoy, Sheldon Cottrell, and Odean Smith at 51st, 77th, and 85th respectively.
Former West Indies white ball Captain Nicholas Pooran and opener Brandon King, who gained an all-time high sixth place during the series, are the highest-ranked batsmen at 12th and 13th, respectively.
West Indies Captain Rovman Powell, who achieved a career-best 23rd ranking during the series, is ranked 30th; left-handed opener Kyle Mayers is 36th; fellow opener Johnson Charles is 51st; Sherfane Rutherford is 71st; Shai Hope is 89th; and Shimron Hetmyer is 98th.