Braithwaite now a top-20 player

West Indies opener Kraigg Braithwaite’s huge performance in the third Test against Pakistan in the recent Third Test has moved him into the top 20 of the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

The 23-year Barbadian right-hander jumped 13 places to a career-best 19th spot in the latest batting rankings released last week.

He is the only West Indies batsman to reach the top 20. Braithwaite became the opener to remain undefeated in both innings in a Test with 142 and 60 respectively, as West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in Sharjah for their only victory of the limited overs and Test.

The Windies vice-captain was joined by wicket-keeper/batsman Shane Dowrich who moved up 27 places to a career-best 58, following his outstanding performance in both innings.

He made 47 in the first innings and am unbeaten 60 in the second in an aggressive batting as part of an 87-run, unbroken six-wicket stand with Braithwaite which saw West Indies complete a successful run chase early on the final day.

In the bowling rankings leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has also enjoyed a measure of success, jumping seven places to 29th spot after taking seven wickets in the third Test.

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