Do the ICC ratings really matter?

By George Davis, Mariah Ramharack&Wayne Lewis May 15, 2019

How much do the ICC ratings matter in a team's success?

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    Holder became the leading all-rounder in the five-day game last January after scoring an incredible double hundred against England before going on to take two wickets in a game the West Indies would win by 381 runs.

    Among West Indies pacers, Holder is the highest ranked at eight, with Kemar Roach second at 11th.

    Shannon Gabriel is ranked a place below Roach at number 12.

    The Test-bowling rankings are led by Australia’a Pat Cummins, while South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is second, followed by injured England paceman, Jimmy Anderson.

    The West Indies are not as well off in the batting rankings, with opener Kraigg Brathwaite leading the way at 36th. Holder’s contribution with the bat comes next with the all rounder standing at 37th.

    Roston Chase at 41, Shane Dowrich at 46, and Shimron Hetmyer at 48 are next.

    Those ranking are led by India skipper Virat Kohli, while Australian Steve Smith comes next at second after his Lord’s heroics. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson is third.

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    Williamson and Boult are returning home after the two-Test series, which the Black Caps trail 1-0.

    Despite the absences, New Zealand will have plenty of experience for the three T20s in September, led by Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill.

    The Black Caps have opted to name three specialist spinners in Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle.

    "Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it's exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event [the 2020 T20 World Cup]," selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement.

    "The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.

    "Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we're really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad.

    "Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest."

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