Kiwi bowlers star in ICC Rankings after historic win

New Zealand bowlers are marching up the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after the side’s historic series’ win against the West Indies in Bridgetown on Monday.

New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament cricket match between Netherlands and New Zealand at The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on March 29, 2014 © AFP/File Prakash Singh
New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum plays a shot during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament cricket match between Netherlands and New Zealand at The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on March 29, 2014
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New Zealand won the third Test by 53 runs to claim its first away series triumph against a top-eight team in 12 years.

Spearheading the charge up the rankings are Trent Boult, Mark Craig, and Tim Southee, who all claimed three victims apiece in the second innings to stop the host in its tracks, after New Zealand set the West Indies a target of 308 on the last day of the match.

As a result, paceman Trent Boult, who’s ability to move the ball both ways has made him a mainstay in the New Zealand side, has broken into the top ten on the rankings table. He has climbed two spots to bag ninth position after returning match figures of two for 71 and three for 28.

He becomes the second New Zealander in the top ten, joining Tim Southee, who demolished the West Indies middle order in the second innings, claiming three victims for just 28 runs, thereby retaining sixth spot.

Mark Craig has proved himself to be an able replacement for Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel, taking a total of four wickets for 174 runs in the match to leap seven spots to claim 71st position on the rankings table.

Neil Wagner’s four for 64 and one for 50 has helped him achieve his career-best ranking to date, with the left-hander jumping six places to land just outside the top 20 at number 22.

West Indies will take consolation from the fact that Kemar Roach has been rewarded for his match haul of eight wickets for 116 runs with a career-best ranking of 10th. Roach has jumped five places and now shares the position and the same ratings points as Australia’s Peter Siddle.

West Indies’ debutant Jason Holder has entered the rankings table for the first time in 96th position, while Jimmy Neesham has broken into the top 100 for the first time, jumping up 10 places to land on 97.

Jimmy Neesham is also seen heading in the right direction in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Having made 78 runs in the first innings and following it up with 51 in the second, Neesham has shown the most improvement on the batting table. He has climbed 17 places to achieve his career best ranking to date, and now sits in 43rd position.

New Zealand’s centurion Kane Williamson has been rewarded for his 161 not out in the second innings with a jump of five places to claim 14th spot.

Also making positive moves in the batting rankings are West Indies’ Kirk Edwards in 58th (up by four) and Kraigg Brathwaite in 62nd (up by seven).

Meanwhile, the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table has shown no movement. Australia remains top-ranked with 123 ratings points, with South Africa a close second. However, with England and India locking horns in a Test series beginning July 9, and Sri Lanka playing against South Africa from July 16, some movement is likely in the coming weeks.

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