West Indies gets highest Test ranking

Second Test – England v West Indies
West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite seen here playing against England at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
Jon Super/Pool via REUTERS, file
The West Indies side has climbed to sixth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings — its highest ever ranking in almost a decade.
In the latest ICC update last week, West Indies jumped two places to sixth, gaining three rating points to move to 84 points and leapfrog  both South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The results come on the backs of a 2-0 whitewash of Bangladesh in Dhaka back in March and a drawn two-Test series against Sri Lanka in the Caribbean last month.
The often embattled Caribbean side have languished in the neither regions of the ICC rankings for over a decade, with Test series wins hard to come by in what has underlined as perhaps one of the worst periods in the team’s history.
In fact, the team has won only eight of its last 31 series inside the last 10 years and has struggled to beat top tier sides with any consistency.
However, under new captain, Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies stunned Bangladesh and avoided defeat to Sri Lanka, resulting in its highest ranking since 2013.

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