ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC — Kyle Mayers, whose first five-wicket run played a key role in West Indies’ recent Apex Test series victory over England, has jumped a massive 33 places on the International Board of cricket (ICC) bowling lanes.
In the latest ICC test rankings released yesterday, the designer jumped from 81 to 48 – one of the biggest jumps in recent history.
Kemar Roach, who moved up two places to number 12, remains the top-ranked West Indies bowler. Jason Holder, meanwhile, fell three places to 18.
Mayers’ move follows his heroics with the ball in the third tiebreak in which he had match numbers of 27-17-41-7, including a career-best 5-18 in the second set as the Antilles won by 10 wickets on the fourth day.
It was the home side’s first Test match win at the Grenada National Stadium, and they became the first team to lift the new Richards-Botham Trophy.
Batting hero Joshua Da Silva also took a big step up the rankings. He moved up 21 places to 63 on the table.
The wicketkeeper led West Indies in the early innings with a monumental first century of testing. He took 100 steps, including 10 limits, on 257 balls, and won the MVP award for the game-winning effort that took the West Indies 128-7 to 297.
West Indies captain Kyle Brathwaite, voted Man of the Series for his 341 runs at an 85 average, is still the highest-ranked West Indies batsman at number 26, one spot higher than the previous ranking.
Nkrumah Bonner slipped 11 places to 42, one place below Jermaine Blackwood.