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CRICKET: Blackwood, Holder make big moves in ICC rankings

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 5:03 PM

West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood and pacer, Jason Holder, have made a dramatic jump in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

This follows his scores of 85 and 47 not out versus England in the third and final Test in Barbados.

The 23-year-old Blackwood leapt 31 places to the 37th spot, his highest-ever position in the rankings.

Blackwood enjoyed a match-winning 108-run fifth-wicket partnership with Darren Bravo, whose second innings contribution of 82 has put him up three places to 29th.

Their performances propelled the West Indies to a five-wicket win over England to level the three-Test series one-all.

In the bowling rankings, there were significant gains for three West Indies bowlers.

Jerome Taylor has moved up 13 places to 36th after claiming match figures of six for 69, while Shannon Gabriel’s match tally of three for 63 has taken him up seven places to 50th position.

However, the biggest mover is Jason Holder whose five for 49 in the match has launched him 30 places up to a career-high 51st position.

Meanwhile, England has slipped one place to fourth in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following its five-wicket defeat in the Barbados Test.

The eighth-placed West Indies has reduced its gap behind seventh-placed India by three points moving to 14 points.