Roach achieves career-best ranking
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 12:05 PM
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach's match figures of seven for 115 against New Zealand in the first Test in Antigua, has helped him vault six places to 10th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers which were released on Monday.
His overall rating of 707 is also a career best for Roach.
Roach's teammate Sunil Narine's match haul of eight for 223 in West Indies' nine wickets victory against New Zealand, not only fetched him the man of the match award, but has also earned him with a jump of 72 places, which has put him in 71st position.
West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has also moved a place to 39th.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and England's James Anderson in second and third positions, respectively.
Meanwhile, West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle, who was playing his first Test since April 2011, has re-entered the rankings in 21st position following his knocks of 150 and 64 not out.
The other West Indies centurion in the Antigua Test, Kieran Powell, has also been rewarded with a jump of 27 places. He now sits in 65th position while middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine has also made an upward movement and is now in 63rd spot (up by 12).
New Zealand's top-scorer in the Test, opener Martin Guptill, is now in 37th position (up by 10) while his partner Daniel Flynn has moved up a place to 74th spot.
Ross Taylor in 13th (down by three), Brendon McCullum in 23rd (down by one) and Kane Williamson in 41st (down by six) are some of the New Zealand batsmen to drop down in the latest rankings.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakarra remains the top-ranked batsman, followed by South Africa's duo of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla in second and third positions, respectively.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders is still headed by South Africa's Jacques Kallis with Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan in second spot.