Roach makes climb up rankings

ROSEAU, Dominica — West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has achieved a career-best ranking after producing a Man-of-the-Match performance in the second Digicel Test at Queen's park Oval against Australia which ended in a draw on Thursday.

Roach recorded figures of 27-5-105-5 and 18-4-41-5 which not only won him the man of the match award but also earned him a jump of 16 places and puts him in 18th position.

The 23-year-old from Barbados is now the West Indies’ highest-ranked bowler with captain Darren Sammy and Fidel Edwards occupying 22nd and 27th positions, respectively.

Australia’s Nathan Lyon has also made an impact in the latest rankings after climbing eight places to 38th position following his first innings performance of five for 68.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn leads Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal by a distance in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, with England’s James Anderson in third position.

In the ICC rankings for Test batsmen, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has swapped places with Australia captain Michael Clarke. Chanderpaul, who scored 94 in the first innings, has moved up two places to third position while Clarke has dropped two places to fifth spot after scoring 45 and 15.

West Indies’ Darren Bravo has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career in 19th position while former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has dropped out of the top 20 and is in 21st spot.

AB de Villiers of South Africa is the Number 1 ranked batsman in the world, followed by team-mate Jacques Kallis.

In the rankings for Test all-rounders, Shane Watson has slipped one place to fifth position while West Indies captain Darren Sammy has moved up two places to 11th spot.

The list is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan with South Africa’s Jacques Kallis in second spot.

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Fri, 04/20/2012 - 09:18