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Jerome Taylor on the rise

PACE man Jerome Taylor has become the highest-ranked West Indies Test bowler since the retirement of Courtney Walsh, a fellow Jamaican, in 2001 as a result of his impressive performance against England in the first Test of the four-match series.

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Playing in front of a home crowd at Sabina Park, Taylor, 24, produced match-winning figures of 29-8-85-8, including 5-11 in the second innings as England was dismissed for 51 in 33.2 overs. This catapulted him up 11 places to sixth spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings, giving him a personal-best rating and putting him in a good position to reach top five during the remainder of the series.

With 717 ratings points, he still has a way to go to achieve the heights of some of the legendary West Indies bowlers of the past, however. Curtly Ambrose, Wes Hall, Lance Gibbs, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Colin Croft, Michael Holding, Walsh and other great players all achieved higher ratings during their careers. Walsh retired in 2001 while ranked at number three in the world.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle,another Jamaican, rose four places to 15th position in the batting after scoring his ninth Test century. His overall batting average in Tests is a respectable 40.10, but his average in the eight matches since taking over as captain of the team is 56.46, indicating that the weight of leading the team has so far sat comfortably on his broad shoulders.

Reliance Mobile ICC Test Rankings (as of Feb 8)

Batsmen

Rank (+/-)                             Points Ave     HS Rating

1 ( - ) S Chanderpaul W Indies   892   49.53   900 v NZ at Napier 2008

2 ( - ) Mohd Yousuf Pakistan     880   55.49    933 v WI at Karachi 2006

3 ( - ) K Sangakkara Sri Lanka   859   54.37    938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

4 ( - ) Kevin Pietersen England  828    50.45    905 v WI at Headingley 2007

5 ( - ) Michael Clarke Australia   825   49.40    825 v SA at Sydney 2009

6 ( - ) M Jayawardena Sri Lanka 819   52.36    854 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

7 ( - ) Ricky Ponting Australia    810    56.87    942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

8 ( - ) Younus Khan  Pakistan    799    49.14     856 v Eng at Headingley 2006

9 ( - ) Graeme Smith S Africa    797     50.57    810 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

10 ( - ) Gautam Gambhir India   771     49.35     771 v Eng at Mohali 2008

11 ( - ) Mike Hussey Australia    761     59.36     921 v WI at Kingston 2008

12 ( - ) Virender Sehwag India   729     51.06      854 v SA at Kolkata 2004

13 ( - ) Jacques Kallis S Africa    726    54.57      935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

14 ( - ) Ashwell Prince S Africa   709     45.68     756 v Pak at Centurion 2007

15 (+4) Chris Gayle W Indies      703     40.10      703 v Eng at Kingston 2009

16= ( - ) Sachin Tendulkar India 683     54.27       898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

       ( - ) VVS Laxman India       683     44.45       753 v Aus at Sydney 2004

18 (-3) Andrew Strauss England  673     41.69      769 v S Africa at Johannesburg 2005

19 (-1) Hashim Amla S Africa      671     41.30       671 v Aus at Sydney 2009

20 (-1) Simon Katich Australia     670     43.43       670 v SA at Sydney 2009

Bowlers

Rank (+/-)                              Points   Ave         HS Rating

1 ( - ) M Muralitharan Sri Lanka   887     21.95       920 v Ban at Kandy 2007

2 ( - ) Dale Steyn S Africa          844     23.08       897 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2008

3 ( - ) Stuart Clark Australia        782      22.96      863 v WI at Bridgetown 2008

4 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Australia  756      28.62      779 v SA at Perth 2008

5 ( - ) Makhaya Ntini S Africa       754     28.22      863 v Ind at Durban 2006

6 (+11) Jerome Taylor W Indies    717      32.56     717 v Eng at Kingston 2009

7 (-1) Ryan Sidebottom England    703     26.14     769 v SA at Lord's 2008

8 (-1) Chaminda Vaas Sri Lanka    688      29.22     800 v Ind at Chennai 2005

9 (-1) Harbhajan Singh India         686     30.88     765 v NZ at Wellington 2002

10 (-1) Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan      684     25.69     855 v NZ at Wellington 2003

11 (-1) Brett Lee Austrlia             673      30.81     811 v WI at Antigua 2008

12 (-1) Daniel Vettori NZ              653      33.09     681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

13 (-1) Zaheer Khan India            630       34.04    689 v Pak at Delhi 2007

14 (-1) Shane Bond NZ               629        22.39    778 v WI at Auckland 2006

15= ( - ) Mohammad Asif Pakistan 619        23.13    710 v SA at Cape Town 2007

(-1) Andrew Flintoff England         619       32.15     810 v Pak at Multan 2005

17 (+1) Danish Kaneria Pakistan     614       33.90     723 v Eng at Multan 2005

18 (+1) James Anderson England    605       35.22     622 v Ind at Chennai 2008

19 (-4) Monty Panesar England      594       33.61     721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007

20 ( - ) Jacques Kallis S Africa       589        31.12    742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

Posted by Charlie Randall
09/02/2009 11:32:01
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