New Zealand pacer Trent Boult’s stunning performance in the recently-concluded series against the WIndies has taken him to the fourth spot in the latest ICC ODI Rankings update.
The left-arm pacer starred with the ball for the Black Caps, taking ten wickets in the series including the career-best figures of 7-34 in the second match, as Kane Williamson & Co. swept aside the visitors 3-0.
Boult jumped three places, leapfrogging the Australia pair of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood as well as South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, to return to the top five.
Boult, who had finished last year, as the top-ranked bowler in ODIs, now trails current top-ranked bowler Pakistan’s Hasan Ali by 36 rating points. Boult’s form made New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson heap lavish praise on him.
“He’s got the ball swinging, and in terms of the pace he’s bowling at the moment, he’s challenging the best players – that’s what you want,” Hesson said. “He becomes a real threat for us, with the new ball or old.”
Meanwhile, Doug Bracewell, who bagged the Man of the Match in the series-opener, has also progressed in the latest update, jumping 15 places to move to the 77th spot. Among batsman, veteran star Ross Taylor has moved one step closer to the top ten after rising four places to take the 11th spot while Henry Nicholls moved up 30 places to grab the 90th spot.
ICC Top ten bowlers ranking:
For the Windies, opening batsman Evin Lewis, who scored 76 in the second ODI, has moved up 11 places to take 65th position while hard-hitting Rovman Powell has also gained 11 slots to take the 127th position among batsmen.
Among bowlers, captain Jason Holder has moved up six places to take the 21st spot after finishing with five wickets in the series. India skipper Virat Kohli has retained the number one rank among the batsmen.
ICC Top 10 batsmen ranking:
|2||AB de Villiers|
|6||Quinton de Kock|
|8||Faf du Plessis|
In the team rankings, there has been no change of the positions, as New Zealand remained at the fifth-position despite gaining one point to reach 112 points while the Windies are still at the ninth place despite losing one point. South Africa are leading the rankings and are followed by India and Australia.
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