HOLDER BECOMES FIRST TOP-RANKED WINDIES TEST ALL-ROUNDER SINCE SOBERS

Sunday, 27th January 2019


 
·       Cummins, Dickwella, Dowrich, Head and Stokes among others to move up in latest rankings update
 
Captain Jason Holder has become the first Windies player in 45 years to top the list of all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after slamming an unbeaten double-century that helped script a memorable 381-run win over England in the first Test in Bridgetown.
 
Sir Gary Sobers was at the top last in March 1974 and Holder has now emulated him following his 202 not out off 229 balls in the second innings in Bridgetown, which is the third highest score by a number eight batsman in Test history after the Pakistan pair of Wasim Akram (257 not out) and Imtiaz Ahmed (209).
 
Holder, who was associated in an unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 295 with Shane Dowrich (116 not out), leapfrogged Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan and India’s Ravindra Jadeja to grab the number one spot for the first time in his career. Holder has also moved up the batting rankings to take a career-best 33rd position, after gaining 25 places.
 
Dowrich has moved up to a career-best 47th position among batsmen, having also scored 81 in the first innings of the match. Others to benefit in the update, that also took into account performances in the first Test in Brisbane which Australia won against Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs, included Shimron Hetmyer (up 11 places to 40th) among batsmen and Kemar Roach (up five places to 20th) and Roston Chase (up 14 places to 41st) among bowlers. For England, Ben Stokes has moved up one place to 29th among bowlers.
 
For Australia, Travis Head has moved up 17 places to 43rd after scoring 84 runs in the Test while fast bowler Pat Cummins’s player of the match effort of a 10-wicket match haul has helped him move up one slot to grab a career-best third position among bowlers. His rating points are the highest for an Australia bowler since Ryan Harris tallied 870 in March 2014.
 
Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella has gained nine slots to take 37th position among batsmen after scores of 64 and 24 while Suranga Lakmal (up two places to 31st) and Lahiru Kumara (up one place to 39th) have made upward movement among bowlers.
 
MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 27 January 2019, after the Bridgetown and Brisbane Tests)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating
   1        ( - )       Virat Kohli         Ind       922      53.76    937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
   2        ( - )       K. Williamson    NZ        897      51.44    915 v SL at Wellington 2018
   3        ( - )       C. Pujara          Ind       881      51.18    888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   4        ( - )       Steve Smith      Aus      866      61.37    947 v SA at Durban 2018
   5        ( - )       Joe Root           Eng      775      49.87    917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   6        ( - )       David Warner    Aus      764      48.20    880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   7        ( - )       Henry Nicholls   NZ        763*!   43.54    763 v SL at Christchurch 2018
   8        ( - )       Aiden Markram SA        741*    45.96    759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018
   9        (+1)      Hashim Amla    SA        711      47.33    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
  10       (-1)       D. Karunaratne SL        694      36.64    754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018
 
Other selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating
33        (+25)    Jason Holder     Win      581!      33.86    581 v Eng at Barbados 2019
37        (+9)      N. Dickwella      SL        567       31.10    576 v Ind at Kolkata 2017
40        (+11)    S. Hetmyer       Win      561*!    32.09    561 v Eng at Barbados 2019
43=      (+17)    Travis Head      Aus      544*!    36.91    544 v SL at Brisbane 2019
47        (+14)    Shane Dowrich  Win      529!      29.86    529 v Eng at Barbados 2019
51=      (+2)      Shai Hope         Win      514       28.57    653 v Zim at Bulawayo 2017
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating
   1        ( - )       K. Rabada         SA        882      21.41    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
   2        ( - )       J. Anderson      Eng      875      26.92    903 v Ind at Lord's 2018
   3        (+1)      Pat Cummins    Aus      866*!   22.47    866 v SL at Brisbane 2019
   4        (-1)       V. Philander      SA        809      21.73    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   5        ( - )       R. Jadeja          Ind       794      23.68    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   6        ( - )       Trent Boult        NZ        771      27.90    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
   7        ( - )       M. Abbas          Pak      770*    18.86    838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018
   8        ( - )       Tim Southee     NZ        767      29.93    799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
   9        ( - )       R. Ashwin         Ind       763      25.43    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
  10       ( - )       Jason Holder     Win      759*    28.29    766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018
 
Other selected rankings
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating
20        (+5)      Kemar Roach    Win        668      28.21    774 v SA at Centurion 2014
29        (+1)      Ben Stokes       Eng      606!     32.24    606 v Win at Barbados 2019
31        (+2)      S. Lakmal         SL        583      39.76    590 v SA at Galle 2018
38        (+1)      Peter Siddle      Aus      453      30.28    816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
39        (+1)      Lahiru Kumara  SL        447*!   36.44    447 v Aus at Brisbane 2019
41        (+14)    Roston Chase   Win      440*!   41.20    440 v Eng at Barbados 2019
 
All-rounders (top five)
 
Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating
   1        (+2)      Jason Holder     Win      440/*   441 v Eng at Barbados 2019
   2        (-1)       S. Al Hasan       Ban      415      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   3        (-1)       R. Jadeja          Ind       387      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   4        ( - )       Ben Stokes       Eng      344      396 v Win at Lord's 2017
   5        ( - )       V. Philander      SA        341      378 v SL at Galle 2018
 
*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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