Jason Holder leads Windies bowlers up Test rankings

By February 05, 2019

Windies captain Jason Holder has climbed into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres Test Player Rankings following the completion of the Test against England in Antigua last Saturday.

In doing so he became the highest ranked West Indian bowler since Courtney Walsh retired from the sport in 2001. The Barbadian currently tops the All-rounder rankings.

Holder’s five wickets in the Antigua Test lifted him four places to a career-best sixth position after the Windies scored an impressive 10-wicket win over England to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Meanwhile, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach are just outside the top 10 after strong performances in Antigua.

Roach, the Player of the Match in Antigua with four wickets in each innings, jumped eight places to 12th in the rankings one place behind Shannon Gabriel, who advanced one slot to 11th.

The presence of three Windies bowlers in the top 12 is reminiscent of the dominance of their pace bowlers in the past and the best since they had four in the top 12 in mid-1996 – Curtley Ambrose (first), Courtney Walsh (fifth), Ian Bishop (seventh) and Kenny Benjamin (12th).

The Windies batsmen to advance include Kraigg Brathwaite (up one place to 33rd), Shane Dowrich (up two places to 45th), Shai Hope (up five places to 46th) and Darren Bravo (up two places to 55th) after his determined 50 in 342 minutes.

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