Monday 15 October, 2018

WI opener Brathwaite breaks into top 20 ahead of New Zealand tour

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.

West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite will enter the upcoming away series against New Zealand in the top 20 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings.

This was revealed earlier this week following the release of the latest rankings, which saw Braithwaite moving one place up.

The 24-year-old Brathwaite, who has an average of 36 from 42 Tests, scored 121 runs in the recent two-Test series against Zimbabwe, averaging 40.

He is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 with the next best being in-form right-hander Shai Hope who lies 25th.

Australian Steve Smith is the number one Test batsman ahead of Joe Root of England.

Kane Williamson (New Zealand) and  Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, both of India, complete the top five Test batsmen.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, remained 20th in the bowling rankings, following  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.

James Anderson of England is the number one Test bowler with Kagiso Rabada of South Africa in second place.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, both of India, and Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka complete the top five Test bowlers.

The series against New Zealand starts on December 1 with the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

WEST INDIES TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND

Sat Nov 25 – Mon Nov 27 (18:00 AST -1d)
New Zealand A v West Indies – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

Fri Dec 1 – Tue Dec 5 (18:00 AST -1d)
1st Test – New Zealand v West Indies – Basin Reserve, Wellington

Sat Dec 9 – Wed Dec 13 (18:00 AST -1d)
2nd Test – New Zealand v West Indies – Seddon Park, Hamilton

Wed Dec 20 (18:00 AST -1d)
1st ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei

Sat Dec 23 (18:00 AST -1d)
2nd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Tue Dec 26 (18:00 AST -1d)
3rd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Fri Dec 29 (22:00 AST -1d)
1st T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Saxton Oval, Nelson

Mon Jan 1, 2018 (02:00 AST)
2nd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Wed Jan 3, 2018 (02:00 AST)
3rd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui