Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against England

first_imgJason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against EnglandJason Holder hit his maiden Test double century and grabbed two wickets to lead the Windies to a 381-run win against England in the first Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.advertisement India Today Web Desk DubaiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 15:45 IST Jason Holder celebrates his maiden Test double hundred (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJason Holder leapfrogs Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spotHolder smashed his maiden Test century and picked 2 wickets against England in the first TestHolder also gained 25 places in the batting rankings and is now ranked No.33West Indies captain Jason Holder has become the No.1 all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings after his sensational performance in the first Test against England in Barbados. Holder hit his maiden Test double century and grabbed two wickets in the match to lead Windies to a 381-run win against England at the Kensington Oval.Holder’s all-rounder show helped rise two places to take the No.1 spot. Holder leapfrogged Shakib Al Hasan and Ravindra Jadeja to the top spot. He also rose sharply in the batting rankings, by a remarkable 25 spots, and now sits comfortably at No.33.The week was all about Holder, who was also named in the ICC Test team of the year 2018 for his all-round skills. He has, for the most part, been known as a bowling all-rounder, but he massively enhanced his batting reputation by stroking a marvelous unbeaten 202 against England. Under his leadership, the Windies also bowled England out for 77 and 246.He also picked the crucial wickets of Joe Root and Keaton Jennings, and all in all, his all-round rating jumped to a career-best 440 points.Among the others to make notable gains in the latest update to the rankings, following the Tests in Barbados and Brisbane, were the Australian trio of Pat Cummins, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, along with the Windies’ Kemar Roach, Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich.Meanwhile, Dowrich, who supported him with a sedate 116*, also made a 14-spot jump to No.47. Shimron Hetmyer’s scores of 81 and 31 helped him rise 11 places to No.40.After Australia’s three-day win against Sri Lanka in the Brisbane pink-ball Test, there were big gains for their young batsmen in the batting rankings. Marnus Labuschagne made the biggest leap, moving 21 places to No.84, while Travis Head rose 17 places to No.43.advertisementAmong the bowlers, Pat Cummins pipped Vernon Philander to No.3 on the ICC Test rankings for bowlers after claiming ten wickets in the match, including a career-best 6/23.Jhye Richardson, who was handed his first baggy green in that match, also made an impressive entry at No.80 after claiming match figures 5/45.For the Windies, Kemar Roach, who took 5/17 in England’s first innings, climbed five places to No.20 while Chase shot up 14 places to No.14 after his excellent 8/60 in the second innings.It wasn’t all bad for players of the losing teams, though. Most notably, England’s Rory Burns climbed 14 places in the batsmen’s rankings to No.99 after making 84.Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella climbed to No.37 on the back of his 64, while Suranga Lakmal rose to No.31 on both the bowlers’ (two-place rise) and the all-rounders’ (three-place rise) charts after his spell of 5/75 and a knock of 24.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jason HolderFollow ICC Test rankingslast_img read more