Brath­waite in top 20 af­ter Test hero­ics

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

OPENER KRAIGG Brath­waite’s mon­u­men­tal per­for­mance in the third Test against Pak­istan has seen him vault into the top 20 of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil Test player rank­ings.

The 23-year-old right-han­der jumped 13 places to a ca­reerbest 19th spot in the lat­est bat­ting rank­ings re­leased yes­ter­day to be the only West Indies bats­man in the top 20.

Brath­waite be­came the first opener to re­main un­de­feated in both in­nings in a Test with 142 and 60, re­spec­tively, as West Indies beat Pak­istan by five wick­ets in Shar­jah for their only vic­tory of the lim­ited overs and Test se­ries.

The Windies vice-cap­tain was joined by wick­et­keeper-bats­man Shane Dowrich, who moved up 27 spots to a ca­reer-best 58th, fol­low­ing his out­stand­ing per­for­mance in both in­nings

Dowrich made 47 in the first in­nings and an un­beaten 60 in the sec­ond, and it was his ag­gres­sive bat­ting as part of an 87-run, un­bro­ken sixth-wicket part­ner­ship that saw West Indies com­plete a suc­cess­ful run chase early on the fi­nal day.

Ros­ton Chase, who scored a half-cen­tury in the first in­nings, has risen four places to 82nd in the rank­ings.

Aus­tralian Steve Smith, mean­while, re­mains on top of the bat­ting rank­ings, with South African Hashim Amla and New Zealan­der Kane Wil­liamson mov­ing up one place each to sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively.

In the bowl­ing rank­ings, legspin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo has also en­joyed a mea­sure of suc­cess, jump­ing seven places to a ca­reerbest 29th spot af­ter tak­ing seven wick­ets in the third Test.

His cap­tain, Ja­son Holder, also tasted up­ward move­ment, leap­ing 12 spots to 47th fol­low­ing his maiden five-wicket haul in the sec­ond in­nings in Shar­jah.

The top three in the rank­ings re­main un­changed, with off­spin­ner Ravi Ash­win top­ping the pile, with South African Dale Steyn sec­ond and English­man James An­der­son third.


West Indies opener Kraigg Brath­waite.

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