Windies slip closer to ninth in ICC rank­ing

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - LONDON (CMC):

The Windies’ his­toric se­ries de­feat last week­end has left them a sin­gle rat­ings point from join­ing Bangladesh in ninth spot in the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) Test team rank­ings.

In the lat­est num­bers an­nounced yesterday, the Windies were still eighth but lost six points to slip to 70 rat­ings points. Bangladesh are ninth on 69 af­ter pick­ing up eight points.

In­dia re­main num­ber one ahead of their much-an­tic­i­pated se­ries with Aus­tralia start­ing to­mor­row in Ade­laide.

The Caribbean side’s mis­for­tune in the lat­est rank­ings stems from their 2-0 white­wash at the hands of the Tigers – their firstever on Bangladeshi soil.

They lost the first Test in Chit­tagong by 64 runs be­fore suf­fer­ing a hu­mil­i­at­ing in­ningsand-184-run de­feat in Dhaka inside three days last week­end.

The lat­est rank­ings news comes as a huge blow to the Windies, es­pe­cially on the heels of de­cent re­sults in the Test for­mat ear­lier this year.

The Windies drew 1-1 with Sri Lanka in a three-Test se­ries in the Caribbean and trounced Bangladesh 2-0 in the sub­se­quent two-match se­ries.

FULL-STRENGTH SIDE

And while they suf­fered a set­back last month with com­pre­hen­sive de­feats in both Tests on the tour of In­dia, they were ex­pected to over­come Bangladesh, who had never be­fore beaten a full-strength Windies side.

The Windies’ de­cline in Tests has been a steady one, hav­ing lost 11 of 19 matches, won six, and drawn two inside the last two years.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, their for­tunes in the Test arena mir­ror those in the one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) for­mats. Windies lie ninth in ODIs, only above min­nows Afghanistan, who are al­ready hov­er­ing dan­ger­ously, only five points be­hind in 10th.

Their lowly rank­ing saw them be­ing forced to play an ICC qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Zim­babwe ear­lier this year along­side the likes of Scot­land, the United Arab Emi­rates, and Pa­pua New Guinea in or­der to book their spot at the 50-overs World Cup in Eng­land next year.

They have man­aged just five wins in 28 ODIs over the last two years and are with­out a se­ries win in four years.

The Windies have also strug­gled in the short­est for­mat ever since win­ning their sec­ond T20 World Cup two years ago in In­dia, los­ing 13 of 21 matches to slump to sev­enth in the rank­ings.

The Windies team dur­ing a Test se­ries against Bangladesh at Sabina Park, Kingston, on Satur­day, July 14, 2018.

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