Dubai: Tim Bresnan, the England allrounder, and West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels have climbed to career-best ICC rankings after the end of the second Test at Trent Bridge. Bresnan took a match haul of 8 for 41 and scored a vital 39 in England’s nine-wicket win over West Indies, beating Samuels, who scored 117 and 76 not out to go with three wickets, to the Man-of-the-Match award.
Bresnan moved up ten places to break into the top 20 for the first time in his career and sit at 15th place in the Test bowlers’ ratings, while his batting efforts in Nottingham earned him a jump of 12 places to 71st in the rankings for batsmen. In the ICC’s allrounder list, Bresnan climbed four places to occupy eighth spot.
Samuels started the series ranked 55th and has jumped 20 places to 35th after his 193 runs for once out in the second Test. His match haul of 3 for 32 helped Samuels move up five places to occupy 81st position in the bowlers’ list.
Scores of 46 and 11 did not affect Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s No. 1 spot, but England captain Andrew Strauss did gain four spots to move to 23rd after scoring a fine century in the first innings and 45 in the second as his team chased a target of 108 with ease. That victory gave England an unassailable 2-0 series win over West Indies - their seventh successive home series win under Strauss – and ensured they will retain the No. spot on the ICC Test table.
However, England will be aiming to make a clean sweep of the series against West Indies so that it can end the challenges of Australia, Pakistan and South Africa and retain the top position following the annual update which will take place immediately after the conclusion of the Sri Lanka and Pakistan Test series which ends July 12.