May 13, 2021, 11:14 a.m.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies team has made a significant move up the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test Match rankings, following the release of the latest rankings on on Thursday morning. West Indies moved up two places to sixth place, leapfrogging South Africa and Sri Lanka. West indies are on 84 points ahead of the Proteas on 80 and Sri Lanka on 78. India lead the rankings on 121 with New Zealand (120), England (109), Australia (108) and Pakistan (94).
The West Indies growth and progress is the result of the memorable 2-0 win away to Bangladesh and the hard-fought 0-0 draw in the Sandals Test Series at home against Sri Lanka. It signals an overall rise for the team – last month it was announced they moved up one spot in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings – following the 3-0 clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the CG Insurance ODI Series.
Test Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was full of praise for his players and support staff. He said this is the beginning of the climb towards higher rankings. The experienced opener spoke to CWI Media on Thursday morning from Bristol in England where he is playing for Gloucestershire in the County Championship.
“I’m very proud of the team to jump two places in the Test rankings. I think this is just the beginning of good things to come. As a group it shows that we can climb up the ladder and it’s just important for us to work hard and keep the belief and attitude to doing things right – in the preparation and the execution on the field. Once we continue to do the small things right, and have the right attitude … because Test cricket is never easy… the sky is the limit.”
Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said:
“I am pleased to see the improvement from eighth to sixth in our Test ranking. This comes on the back of good cricket played earlier in the year against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Firstly we should recognize the efforts of the players and support staff on the ground who have delivered results under pressure and secondly to the large number of people working tirelessly in the background to support them in the face of multiple challenges. We continue to work hard towards our strategic goal of top 3 rankings across all formats.”
Among the ICC MRF Tyres player rankings also unveiled, Jason Holder remains the Number 1 Test all-rounder and is also our highest ranked Test bowler at Number 8. Kemar Roach is the next highest at Number 12.
Following the soon-to be announced Test Series against South Africa in June, the West Indies will then face fifth-ranked Pakistan in a Test Series due to played in August 2021 as part of the next cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.