Riding on his stunning bowling performance in the first Test against England, West Indies captain Jason Holder has moved up in the ICC Test Rankings. The star man led from the front as the Caribbean outfit stunned England by four wickets in the first Test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Jason Holder starred with the ball in the first as he took six wicket for just 42 runs. His stunning spell helped West Indies bowl England out for a modest 204. In reply, West Indies finished their innings on 318 to take a handy 114-run lead.
England started well with the bat in the second innings. At 249 for 3, the hosts were looking set to put up a big total before they suffered an inexplicable collapse and were all out for 313 to set West Indies a target of 200. In reply, the tourists started on a poor note and lost three wickets for just 27 runs. However, a 95-run knock from Jermaine Blackwood helped the cross the finishing line without much trouble.
Jason Holder moves up:
The West Indies star has jumped one spot to take the second spot in the ICC Test Rankings for bowlers. He replaced New Zealand’s Neil Wagner who has now dropped to third. Australia star Pat Cummins continues to be at the top of the standings.
Cummins is the number one Test bowler with 904 rating points while Jason Holder follows him with 862 rating points. Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-ranked Indian bowler at seventh spot.
Among other West Indies bowlers, Shannon Gabriel has also moved up. The right-arm pacer, who picked up 9 wickets in the game including 5 in the second innings, is now at the eighth spot. But unlike Holder and Gabriel, Kemar Roach has dropped to 16th spot from 11th after failing to pick any wicket in the game.
For England bowlers, James Anderson has dropped to tenth from eighth after picking three wickets in the first innings and going wicketless in the second.
Here is the list of top ten bowlers in the ICC Test rankings: