Windies back to familiar number nine on ODI list

By June 29, 2019
An inconsolable Carlos Brathwaite after a five-run loss to New Zealand at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. An inconsolable Carlos Brathwaite after a five-run loss to New Zealand at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Poor performances at the ICC World Cup from outsiders, the West Indies, who were eliminated as contenders for a semi-final position earlier this week, have reverted to their pre-competition position at number nine on the latest ICC rankings. 

In the latest rankings, released on Thursday, the West Indies found themselves losing three ratings points to 77 points. The Caribbean side now lie behind Sri Lanka, who have 78 points, largely due to a big victory over pre-World Cup favourites, England.

The ICC ODI rankings are now led by India, the only unbeaten team left at the ICC World Cup, while England, who came into the competition as the World’s best team, have slipped to second.

Last month, the West Indies moved from the ninth-place position that ensured they had to go through qualifiers for the World Cup courtesy of a 2-2 draw with England.

Those results and some dominating performances against Afghanistan had meant the West Indies would go into the World Cup as a team, that while not one of the favourites, provided a dangerous enough prospect to make their games more interesting than not.

Another dominant performance in a warm-up game against perennial challengers New Zealand added fuel to the fire and when the West Indies began with a one-sided win over Pakistan, the story of redemption was almost complete.

However, the West Indies have not won since, with only a point from a washed out instance with South Africa to show.

Below India and England are New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Bangladesh at number seven.

The West Indies, who now know they cannot progress to the semi-finals will play against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in their last two games.

The game against Sri Lanka will take place on Monday at the Riverside Ground in Durham, while they take on Afghanistan next Thursday at Headingley.

Paul-Andre Walker

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