Brathwaite into top 20 ahead of Black Caps test
LONDON, England (CMC):
West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has broken into the top 20 of the ICC batting rankings, after rising one place in the latest release yesterday.
The right-hander is coming off an average two-match series against Zimbabwe earlier this month, where he scored 121 runs from three innings at an average of 40.
He endured a difficult home series against Pakistan with just 101 runs from six innings, but has made steady progression up the rankings since then, especially following the three-Test tour of England where he averaged 47.
Brathwaite, 24, has emerged as the Windies batting leader in recent years and averages 36 from 42 Tests.
He is currently in New Zealand with the Caribbean side preparing for the two-Test rubber there starting next month.
Brathwaite is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 with the next best being inform right-hander Shai Hope who lies 25th.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, meanwhile, has remained 20th in the bowling rankings, following on from a decent tour of Zimbabwe, where he picked up five wickets in the two Tests on flat tracks in Bulawayo.
The Trinidadian is the highest ranked West Indies bowler, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo lying 23rd and seamer Kemar Roach, 24th.
All three will line up in the imminent series against the Black Caps.
Australian Steve Smith leads an unchanged top four in the batting rankings while Englishman Jimmy Anderson remains top of the bowling charts.