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DUBAI---Rookie West Indies opener
Kraigg Brathwaite has made a dra-
matic jump in the ICC Test Player
rankings, following his maiden Test
century against New Zealand at
Queen s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain,
earlier this week.
The 21-year-old right-hander has
leapt 35 spots to be 69th, his highest
ever position in the rankings. Brathwaite
hit 129 in the second Test which West
Indies on by ten wickets on Friday, to
level the three-match series.
There was also movement for Jer-
maine Blackwood who stroked a half-
century on debut in the second Test.
He has entered the rankings at 67th,
with 390 rating points.
Left-handed stroke-maker Darren
Bravo has also climbed eight places to
21st, following his 109 against New
Zealand. The century was his sixth,
and first on Caribbean soil.
Opener Chris Gayle, who blasted an
unbeaten 80 to lift the Windies to vic-
tory, moved up two places to 26th.
Veteran left-hander Shiv Chander-
paul is the highest-ranked West Indies
batsman at number three, behind the
number one-ranked AB de Villiers and
Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, who
lies second. There was also good news
for fast bowler Jerome Taylor who has
made a successful comeback to Test
cricket, following a near five-year break.
He has bowled outstandingly in both
Tests of the series so far, and has been
rewarded with a jump of 38 spots, to
be 38th in the bowlers' rankings.
His new ball partner Kemar Roach,
returning for the current series following
a year-long injury break, has remained
15th in the rankings.
West Indies face New Zealand in the
final Test of the series starting Thursday
at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
South Africa's Dale Steyn heads the
bowling rankings. CMC
Asafa Powell and Sherone Simp-
son will participate in the National
Championships here starting next
week, organisers here have con-
firmed. Both Jamaican runners
were slapped with 18-month bans
earlier this year following positive
drugs tests, but have appealed to
the Court of Arbitration of Sports
for a reduction in the sanctions.
This week, the Switzerland-
based CAS cleared both athletes
to resume competition until their
appeals were heard.
Powell and Simpson's partici-
pation means they could be in the
Jamaica team that heads to the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
next month. "Over 300 of our sen-
ior athletes have applied for entry
(for the championships) and this
includes Asafa Powell and Sherone
Simpson," said Jamaica Amateur
Athletics Association president, Dr
Both Powell and Simpson tested
positive for the banned stimulant
oxilofrine last year and were sub-
sequently banned in April by the
Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.
Meanwhile, neither superstars
Usain Bolt nor Yohan Blake are
down to participate in the June 26-
29 event. Both have struggled with
injury this season, with Bolt yet to
make an appearance on the inter-
Blake, though, has been in action
recently and Dr Blake said the
JAAA were hopeful he would par-
"Most of our senior athletes have
applied and, in fact, the only two
notable names that have not
applied are Usain Bolt, who we
know has been suffering with
injury problems, and Yohan Blake,"
the JAAA chief said, adding that
he was expecting sprinter Blake to
enlist for the event by weekend.
The championships will be used
to select Jamaica's squad for the
Commonwealth Games which run
from July 23 to August 3 and Dr
Blake believes the presence of the
senior athletes will make the con-
tingent a strong one.
"I expect that our team will con-
tinue to do well as we have always
been doing at the Commonwealth
Games and I suspect that we will
be taking one of our strongest
teams in a long while," he said.
"And this is underlined by the
fact that most of our senior athletes
have indicated a willingness, which
is not usually the case for Com-
monwealth Games." (CMC)
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies selectors
have predictably named an unchanged
14-man squad for the decisive third
Test against New Zealand starting at
Kensington Oval in Barbados on
The Caribbean side won the second
Test at Queen's Park Oval by ten wickets
on Friday, to level the three-match
Denesh Ramdin, in his first series as
Test captain, believes West Indies can
now go on to win the final Test and
take the series, and has called for sup-
port from the Barbadian fans.
"It is very important that we stay
patient, stay humble, and hungry as
well for success and go out there and
play hard cricket," Ramdin said, looking
forward to the final Test.
"Hopefully people will come out and
support the team. It takes five days to
win a match, not just one day so hope-
fully we can get good support ... and
give a good account of ourselves."
Friday's victory came just a week
after the hosts were thrashed by 186
runs inside four days in the opening
Test at Sabina Park.
However, they quickly made changes,
axing Marlon Samuels and Kieran Pow-
ell and including Jermaine Blackwood
and Kraigg Brathwaite in the final XI.
Brathwaite hit his maiden Test century
while debutant Blackwood stroked a
half-century, to help set up the win.
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin collects the winners cheque from Asim
Basarth, president of the T&TCB following Friday's ten-wicket win over New
Zealand in the 2nd Test at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
make big leaps in rankings
Windies name unchanged
squad for Barbados Test
Denesh Ramdin (captain),
Sulieman Benn, Jermaine
Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite,
Darren Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul,
Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel,
Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Leon
Johnson, Shane Shillingford, Kemar
Roach, Jerome Taylor. CMC
Simpson down for
Members of the West Indies and New Zealand cricket teams shake hands after West Indies won the
match by ten wickets at the Queen's Park Oval, Port-of Spain, on Friday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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