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Tim Southee, Shivnarine Chanderpaul move up in ICC Test Rankings after first West Indies-New Zealand Test

Tim Southee (left) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul © Getty Images
Tim Southee (left) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul © Getty Images

Jun 13, 2014

New Zealand pace spearhead Tim Southee and West Indies’ veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on Friday moved up in the ICC Rankings for Players in Test cricket. While Southee jumped up to the fifth spot in the rankings for bowlers, Chanderpaul pipped Kumar Sangakkara to jump to the second position in the rankings for batsmen.

Southee claimed six for 51 in the first Test including his spell of four for 19 in the first innings at Kingston, Jamaica. On the other hand, for his innings of 84 not out and 24, Chanderpaul moved to the second spot, trailing behind the South African AB de Villiers by 41 rating points.

Southee is now behind Dale Steyn, Ryan Harris, Vernon Philander and Mitchell Johnson. The next three are spinners Saeed Ajmal, Rangana Herath and Ravichandaran Ashwin in the next three spots. On the other hand, Southee’s compatriot Trent Boult has slipped to the ninth spot after claiming only one wicket in the opening Test against the Caribbean side.

Debutant in the first Test, Mark Craig has surprisingly become the third highest-ranked New Zealand bowler. The 27-year-old registered the figures of four for 91 and four for 97 in the in the Test to win the Man of the Match award. Middle-order batsman Kane Williamson’s century in the first innings (113) propelled him into the top 20 for the first time in his career.

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