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Southee achieves career-best ranking

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Fast bowler Tim Southee has achieved a career-best ranking while off-spinner Mark Craig has marked his rankings debut by entering just outside the top 50 in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, which were released after New Zealand defeated the West Indies by 186 runs in the first Test in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday.

Southee returned match figures of six for 51, including an impressive four for 19 in the first innings. For this achievement, he has been rewarded with a jump of three places, which has put him behind Dale Steyn, Ryan Harris, Vernon Philander and Mitchell Johnson, in fifth position. This means the top five spots are shared between the fast bowlers, while the next three places are shared by the spinners in Saeed Ajmal, Rangana Herath and Ravichandaran Ashwin.

Southee, who was declared player of the tournament at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008, has now become his country’s highest-ranked bowler. His closest rival is fellow fast bowler Trent Boult, who has dropped two places to ninth position after claiming one wicket in the Test.

In 53rd position, Craig is the third highest-ranked New Zealand bowler. The 27-year-old made an impressive debut when he claimed four for 91 and four for 97 in the Kingston Test to walk away with the man of the match award, only the third New Zealand player after Stephen Fleming and Mathew Sinclair to win the award in their first Test. This is the best bowling performance by a New Zealand bowler on Test debut.

The Kingston Test provided an opportunity for three West Indies’ bowlers to return to the rankings table, with Kemar Roach in 15th position, Suleiman Benn in 35th spot and Jerome Taylor in 75th place.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, New Zealand opener Tom Latham has made the biggest improvement in the latest rankings.

The 22-year-old who represented New Zealand at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in his backyard scored 83 and 73, thus enabling him to jump 74 places to 66th place. Given he is still in the qualification period for batsmen, it is likely that he will move even further up the ladder if he performs as well in the second and third Tests, which will start in Trinidad and Barbados on 16 and 26 June, respectively.

Latham’s team-mates, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling and Jimmy Neeshan have also moved in the right direction.

Williamson’s century in the first innings (113) helped him break into the top 20 for the first time in his career. Williamson, who captained his side in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008, is now in 20th position after moving up one place, Watling has jumped eight places to 35th position following his contributions of 89 and 22 not out, and Neesham is now occupying 47th spot after scores of 107 and 20.

The only consolation for the West Indies is its star batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul has now leapfrogged Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara into second position. Chanderpaul scored 84 not out and 24, and he now trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers by 41 ratings points.

Batsmen moving in the opposite direction in the latest rankings include Ross Taylor ninth (down by three places), Brendon McCullum 15th (down by six places), Darren Bravo 28th (down by six places), Marlon Samuels 36th (down by six places), Kieran Powell 57th (down by four places), Kirk Edwards 67th (down by seven places) and Peter Fulton 85th (down by 12).

There is more good news for Tim Southee, who has moved up a spot to claim seventh position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 13 June, after Kingston Test):

Batsmen

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 922 51.94 935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

2 (+1) S.Chanderpaul WI 881 52.19 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

3 (-1) K Sangakkara SL 879 58.07 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

4 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 873 51.35 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 ( - ) David Warner Aus 871! 46.54 871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

6 (+1) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 824! 48.75 824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

7 (+1) C Pujara Ind 819- 58.92 851 v SA at Durban 2013

8 (+1) Michael Clarke Aus 818 51.50 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9 (-3) Ross Taylor NZ 817 46.51 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

10 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 784! 46.51 784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

11 ( - ) Younus Khan Pak 759 51.38 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

12 ( - ) Steven Smith Aus 737-! 40.02 737 v SA at Cape Town 2014

13 (+1) Angelo Mathews SL 706 46.16 716 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

14 (+1) M Jayawardena SL 699 50.30 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

15 (-2) B McCullum NZ 696 37.71 724 v Ind at Wellington 2014

16 ( - ) Ian Bell Eng 682 45.41 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

17 ( - ) Alastair Cook Eng 677 46.51 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

18 ( - ) Chris Rogers Aus 675- 38.14 694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

19 ( - ) Kevin Pietersen Eng 674 47.28 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

20 (+1) Kane Williamson NZ 654! 37.12 654 v WI at Kingston 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

27 (+1) Chris Gayle WI 601 41.95 755 v SL at Galle 2010

28 (-6) Darren Bravo WI 600 43.04 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

35 (+8) BJ Watling NZ 564-! 37.59 564 v WI at Kingston 2014

36 (-6) Marlon Samuels WI 560 34.68 672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013

47 (+9) Jimmy Neesham NZ 487-! 99.00 487 v WI at Kingston 2014

48 ( - ) Denesh Ramdin WI 482! 27.47 482 v NZ at Kingston 2014

57 (-4) Kieran Powell WI 434 27.48 468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

66 (+74) Tom Latham NZ 384-! 46.25 384 v WI at Kingston 2014

67 (-7) Kirk Edwards WI 383- 33.40 524 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012

85 (-12) Peter Fulton NZ 329- 25.44 413 v Eng at Auckland 2013

90 (-2) Tim Southee NZ 299 19.10 304 v Eng at Headingley 2013

Bowlers

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 898 23.01 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 ( - ) Ryan Harris Aus 870! 22.56 870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

3 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 865 20.11 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

4 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 844! 27.42 844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

5 (+3) Tim Southee NZ 799! 29.56 799 v WI at Kingston 2014

6 (-1) Saeed Ajmal Pak 787 27.46 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

7 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 774 30.02 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

8 (+1) R Ashwin Ind 744 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

9= (-2) Trent Boult NZ 733- 27.43 767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

(+1) Peter Siddle Aus 733 29.37 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

11 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 729 30.31 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

12 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 726 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

13 ( - ) Abdur Rehman Pak 705- 27.75 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

14 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 683 30.67 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

15 (RE) Kemar Roach WI 639- 28.19 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

16 (-1) Morne Morkel SA 637 30.97 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

17 ( - ) S Shillingford WI 625- 32.64 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013

18 (-2) Junaid Khan Pak 623-! 29.07 623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

19 (-2) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 613 33.36 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

20 (-1) Nathan Lyon Aus 607 32.99 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

35 (RE) Sulieman Benn WI 393- 41.83 494 v SA at Bridgetown 2010

53 (NEW) Mark Craig NZ 256-! 23.50 256 v WI at Kingston 2014

57 (-3) Chris Gayle WI 245- 42.23 413 v Eng at Chester-le-St 2007

60 (-3) Kane Williamson NZ 235- 39.39 291 v Eng at Headingley 2013

69 (-9) Marlon Samuels WI 191- 54.41 250 v Zim at Dominica 2013

70 (+7) Ish Sodhi NZ 184-! 51.20 184 v WI at Kingston 2014

75 (RE) Jerome Taylor WI 150- 34.74 717 v Eng at Kingston 2009

92 (-4) S.Chanderpaul WI 53- 98.11 59 v Ind at Delhi 2011

All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 ( - ) Vernon Philander SA 376-/ ! 376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

2 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 373-/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

3 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 364 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 291 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 280 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

Selected Rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating

7 (+1) Tim Southee NZ 239! 239 v WI at Kingston 2014

- indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

! indicates career-highest rating

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