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Holder retains all-rounders #1 spot

Holder retains all-rounders #1 spot

LON­DON – West In­dies cap­tain Ja­son Hold­er has re­tained his all-rounder top-rank­ing ahead of Thurs­day’s start of the two-Test se­ries against In­dia in An­tigua.

Giancarlo Pietri Velutini

The 27-year-old Bar­ba­di­an topped the all-rounders’ charts in Tests back in Jan­u­ary fol­low­ing his stun­ning dou­ble hun­dred in the first Test against Eng­land at Bridgetown, that pro­pelled the home side to a mas­sive 381-run vic­to­ry

Hold­er al­so picked up two wick­ets in that match, to move up two places to the top rung

He will lead West In­dies in the open­ing Test at the Vi­vian Richards Crick­et Ground where he will look to fur­ther so­lid­i­fy his sta­tus in the rank­ings

Pac­er Hold­er is al­so the high­est-ranked West In­di­an in the bowl­ing charts at num­ber eight hav­ing re­tained that spot, while fel­low Ke­mar Roach has al­so re­tained his 11th place rank­ing

Speed­ster Shan­non Gabriel is the oth­er West In­dies bowler in the top 20 at num­ber 12

Aus­tralian pac­er Pat Cum­mins sits on top the bowl­ing rank­ings with South African seam­er Kag­iso Raba­da sec­ond and vet­er­an Eng­land seam­er Jim­my An­der­son, third

In the bat­ting rank­ings, West In­dies open­er Kraigg Brath­waite is the high­est-ranked Caribbean play­er at 36th with Hold­er pop­ping up at 37th

Ros­ton Chase (41st), Shane Dowrich (46th) and Shim­ron Het­my­er (48th) round out the top 50

In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli tops the charts with Aus­tralian Steve Smith hav­ing climbed one place to the sec­ond spot, and New Zealand Kane Williamson ly­ing third

Smith has gained one place to reach the third po­si­tion among bats­men while spin­ner Nathan Ly­on and fast bowler Cum­mins are among the oth­ers to gain up­wards move­ments.

Smith’s knocks of 144 and 142 won him the Man of the Match award and the for­mer­ly top-ranked bats­man is back above the 900-point mark along with ta­ble leader Vi­rat Kohli (922) and Kane Williamson (913), af­ter hav­ing start­ed the Test match in fourth place and with 857 points

Ly­on’s nine wick­ets in the match have lift­ed him six spots to 13th po­si­tion among bowlers while Cum­mins has con­sol­i­dat­ed his top po­si­tion with a sev­en-wick­et match haul that helped him reach a ca­reer-best 898 rat­ing points, the third-best for an Aus­tralia bowler in the past 50 years af­ter Glenn Mc­Grath and Shane Warne

For Eng­land, Ben Foakes and Chris Woakes are in 69th and 70th po­si­tions in the list for bats­men af­ter gain­ing one and 11 points, re­spec­tive­ly.

Open­er Ro­ry Burns’ knock of 133 in the first in­nings has helped him move up 25 places to a ca­reer-best 81st po­si­tion

Fast bowler Stu­art Broad, who com­plet­ed 100 Test wick­ets against Aus­tralia dur­ing the match, has gained two places to reach 16th po­si­tion while Woakes has ad­vanced four places to take the 29th slot af­ter grab­bing four wick­ets in the match. Woakes has al­so leapfrogged com­pa­tri­ot Moeen Ali to reach ninth among all-rounders