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.
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.
- 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.
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)
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)
|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
|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)
|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
|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)
|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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