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Roach moves into top twenty of ICC Test rankings

Roach moves into top twenty of ICC Test rankings

Fast bowler Kemar Roach  and opener Kraigg Brathwaite have made strides in the ICC Test Player Rankings after helping the West Indies defeat Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs in Antigua to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series. 

Brathwaite’s courageous knock of 121 off 291 deliveries has seen him move up five places to reach joint-16th position while Roach has advanced four places to 20th position with a remarkable haul of five for eight, which played a big role in skittling Bangladesh out for 43 in the first innings, their lowest-ever Test total. During his spell, Roach became only the third player in the history of the game to claim five scalps in the space of 12 deliveries in Tests.

Captain Jason Holder (up two places to 52nd) and Kieran Powell (up five places to 61st) are the other Windies players to move up the rankings for batsmen. Holder has also gained two slots to reach a career-best 23rd place among bowlers and Miguel Cummins has gained 12 slots to finish the Test in 55th position. For Bangladesh, spinner Mehedi Hasan has gained one slot to reach 37th position among bowlers.

Kraigg Brathwaite hit his seventh Test century in the first Test against Bangladesh

Kraigg Brathwaite hit his seventh Test century in the first Test against Bangladesh

Eighth-ranked Bangladesh now need to win the second Test in Kingston to remain ahead of the Windies in the ICC Test Team Rankings. Starting the series on 75 points, three ahead of the opposition, Bangladesh will retain the gap with a drawn series but even a 1-0 series loss will see the Windies move ahead of the Asian side.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka take on South Africa in an upcoming two-Test series with important team ranking points at stake, even though the final result will not impact the positions on the points table. 

If sixth-ranked Sri Lanka are able to pull off a 2-0 victory over second-ranked South Africa, they will go up to 97 points but remain behind England on decimal points. In such a scenario, South Africa will lose six points but remain ahead of third-placed Australia on decimal points. On the other hand, a 2-0 series win for South Africa will help them gain three points but they will still remain 10 points adrift of top-ranked India. 

Series scenarios:

  • South Africa win 2-0 – South Africa 115 points, Sri Lanka 89 points
  • South Africa win 1-0 – South Africa 113, Sri Lanka 90
  • Drawn series – South Africa 110, Sri Lanka 93
  • Sri Lanka win 1-0 – South Africa 107, Sri Lanka 95
  • Sri Lanka win 2-0 – South Africa 106, Sri Lanka 97

In the player rankings, South Africa boast three batsmen in the top 10 – Dean Elgar (seventh), Aiden Markram (eighth) and Hashim Amla (10th). Kagiso Rabada is the top-ranked bowler in the format while his fellow fast bowler Vernon Philander is in fourth position. 

For Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal will be looking to improve his ninth position, while left-arm spinner Rangana Herath (joint-11th) and Suranga Lakmal (28th) are their leading bowlers.

Series schedule: 

12-16 July - 1st Test, Galle

20-24 July – 2nd Test, Colombo 

ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 7 July, before the Sri Lanka-South Africa series)

Rank Team Points
1 India 125
2 South Africa 112
3 Australia 106
4 New Zealand 102
5 England  97
6 Sri Lanka 91
7 Pakistan  88
8 Bangladesh 75
9 Windies 72
10 Zimbabwe 2


Also played:

Ireland – 1 match, 0 points

Afghanistan – 1 match, 0 points

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 7 July after the 1st Test between the West Indies and Bangladesh):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank (+/-)         Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Steve Smith Aus 929 61.37 947 v SA at Durban 2018
2 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 903 53.4 912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
3 ( - ) Joe Root Eng 855 52.28 917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
4 ( - ) Kane Williamson NZ 847 50.35 893 v Aus at Perth 2015
5 ( - ) David Warner Aus 820 48.2 880 v NZ at Perth 2015
6 ( - ) C. Pujara Ind 799 50.34 888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
7 ( - ) Dean Elgar SA 784! 42.58 784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
8 ( - ) Aiden Markram SA 759*! 55.55 759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
9 ( - ) D. Chandimal SL 747 44.96 755 v Win at St Lucia 2018
10 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 726 48.03 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013   


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)        Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
16= (+5) K. Brathwaite Win 670 37.44 701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
32 (+6) Shai Hope Win 588* 31.81 653 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017
52 (+2) Jason Holder Win 488! 30.18 488 v Ban at Antigua 2018
61 (+5) Kieran Powell Win 457 28.21 490 v SL at Trinidad 2018


Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Kagiso Rabada SA 897 21.59 902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
2 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 892 27.23 896 v Win at Lord's 2017
3 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 866 23.11 899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
4 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 845 21.46 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
5 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 811 25.34 904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
6= ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 800! 27.66 800 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
      ( - ) Pat Cummins Aus 800*! 23.81 800 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
8 ( - ) Trent Boult NZ 795 27.84 825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
9 ( - ) Neil Wagner NZ 765 28.26 785 v Win at Wellington 2017
10 ( - ) Josh Hazlewood Aus 759 26.84 863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017 


Other selected rankings

Rank (+/-)  Player Team Pts Avge Highest Rating
20 (+4) Kemar Roach Win 674 28.31 774 v SA at Centurion 2014
23 (+2) Jason Holder Win 633*! 32.5 633 v Ban at Antigua 2018
37 (+1) Mehedi Hasan Ban 449* 38.45 522 v Aus at Chittagong 2017
55 (+12) Miguel Cummins Win 287* 36.96 307 v Ind at Trinidad 2016


All-rounders (top five)

Rank              (+/-)  Player Team Pts Highest Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 397 489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
2 ( - ) Ravindra Jadeja Ind 394 438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
3 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 371 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
4 ( - ) R. Ashwin Ind 365 493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
5 ( - ) Ben Stokes Eng 327/* 396 v Win at Lord's 2017


*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

! indicates career-highest rating

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