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All-time low - Windies continue slide down ICC Test rankings

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The bails fly as Windies' batsman Shai Hope is bowled by England's Toby Roland-Jones during day three of the day-night Test match between England and the West Indies, at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Saturday August 19, 2017.

LONDON (CMC):

The Windies have slumped to ninth in the latest International Cricket Council Test rankings, a historic low for the Caribbean side in the game's longest format.

In the rankings released by the ICC on Tuesday, the Windies lost five ratings points to tumble to 67 and are now only above minnows Zimbabwe, who sit on two points, having played just 14 Tests inside the last five years.

Significantly, the Windies are also now eight points behind Bangladesh, who picked up four points to move to 75 and take the eighth spot in the rankings.

The bad news for the Windies come on the heels of a wretched tour of New Zealand last December when they suffered a 2-0 whitewash.

They were crushed by an innings and 67 runs in the opening Test at Wellington and soundly beaten by 240 runs in the second contest in Hamilton, with both matches finishing inside four days.

The Windies beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in a two-match series last November, but enjoyed no points gains from that success.

Once World champions, the Windies have fallen from their lofty heights and struggled badly over the last two decades. Last year, they won just three of 10 Tests, and their victory over Pakistan in November 2016 broke a 19-month win-less streak.

They have not beaten a higher-ranked side since they swept New Zealand 2-0 in the Caribbean six years ago.

However, the Jason Holder-led unit will have the chance to improve their ranking, as they face a heavy playing schedule over the next several months.

They host Sri Lanka in a three-match series in June, Bangladesh in a two-Test tour the following month, before heading to Bangladesh and India for Test tours later in the year.

The Windies demise was the only change to the rankings but India strengthened their position at the top of the rankings, increasing their lead over second placed south Africa from four to 13 points, after gaining four points to move 125.

The Proteas lost four points to slip to 112 while Australia are now on 106 after moving up four points. New Zealand remain fourth on 102 points.

England (98) lie fifth, Sri Lanka (94) are sixth while Pakistan are seventh on 87 points.

Pos Team Matches Points Rating

1 India 28 3,499 125

2 South Africa 32 3,589 112

3 Australia 33 3,499 106

4 New Zealand 23 2,354 102

5 England 36 3,511 98

6 Sri Lanka 31 2,914 94

7 Pakistan 17 1,463 86

8 Bangladesh 16 1,202 75

9 Windies 22 1,484 67

10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2