West Indies players make minimal stride in ICC ODI rankings

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels.
Associated Press / Andres Leighton, file

West Indies players made minimal upward movement in the latest ICC One-Day International rankings, despite their recent success in recent World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels jumped two places in the batting rankings to 49th, after scoring 231 runs from his seven ODIs in the tournament and 304 runs overall.

Samuels is the highest ranked West Indies batsman, with the Shai Hope and Evin Lewis next best at 53rd and 54th respectively.

Hope ended the qualifying tournament with 233 runs, while opener Lewis scored 231 runs.

Explosive opener Chris Gayle, who started the tournament on 72nd, dropped five places after scoring his 23rd ODI century against United Arab Emirates but then struggled for runs.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer is the highest-ranked batsman who took part in the qualifiers at 22nd.

In the bowling West Indies captain Jason Holder gained one place to 23rd in the rankings to be the highest-placed Caribbean player.

The 26-year-old fast bowler was outstanding with 15 wickets to lead his side’s bowling and remains the only Windies players in the top 50.

West Indies’ Shai Hope hits out during during the fifth one day international against England at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, England, Friday Sept. 29, 2017.
Simon Cooper / PA via Associated Press

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