Fidel returns to Top 20 in ICC rankings

Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards continues to enjoy his return to the international stage and has made a significant climb in the ICC Player Rankings for Test cricket.

The pacy 29-year-old, who recently made a comeback after a two-year lay-off, has returned to the Top 20 in bowling. He took eight wickets in the just concluded Second Digicel Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados – including 5-73 in the second innings. He made a jump of seven places and is now at Number 18 in the rankings. Last week in the First Digicel Test at Sabina Park, he was also impressive with 4-56 in the first innings.

The news is also good for India’s 10-wicket hero Ishant Sharma who has broken into the Top 10. With match figures of 41.2-11-108-10, Ishant gained four places to seventh position, overtaking team-mate Harbhajan Singh in the process.
India’s veteran VVS Laxman has returned to the Top 10 for batsmen following two crucial innings in the drawn second Test against the West Indies at Barbados.

The 36-year-old from, who hit 85 and 87 in a low-scoring match, has gained seven places to sixth position in the latest rankings, now enjoying the highest rating of his career to date. In the process he has moved above such luminaries as Virender Sehwag and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who both lost ground in the latest rankings.

The top five remain unchanged with Jacques Kallis of South Africa still leading the way ahead of India’s Sachin Tendulkar in second spot. Sehwag and Tendulkar, who are not playing in the West Indies series have fallen back because a player loses one percent of his ratings points for every Test he misses.