Windies bowlers rank high

West Indies’ Captain Jason Holder.
Associated Press / Arnulfo Franco

West Indies Captain Jason Holder and fast bowler Kemar Roach have moved up in the latest ICC Test rankings released recently.

Holder, who recently became the top-ranked all-rounder in the world, jumped four spots in the bowlers rankings this time around and now lies on a career-best sixth place.

He has also now reached 778 rating points, which mark the highest by a West Indies bowler since the legendary Courtney Walsh 18 years ago.

Holder followed up his unbeaten double century in the first Test against England in Barbados with an outstanding performance with the ball in the second innings of the second Test in Antigua, which the West Indies emphatically won by 10 wickets.

It was his spell after lunch that broke the backbone of the England batting and sent them crashing for 132 all out in the second innings at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Holder finished with four wickets, while Roach, who wrecked the middle and lower order, also claimed four to end with an eight-wicket haul.

That performance saw Roach leap eight spots in the rankings to 12th just behind new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel who rose to the 11th spot.

The three fast bowlers presence in the top 12 marks the first time in 23 years that three Caribbean bowlers have been ranked so highly on the ICC charts.

West Indies’s bowler Kemar Roach celebrates the dismissal of South Africa’s Hashim Amla.
Associated Press / Gemunu Amarasinghe, File

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