West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite, 24, makes the ICC Top 20
West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite.
It's a birthday gift come early for 24-year-old Barbadian Kraigg Brathwaite as he has made the Top 20 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings.
The good news comes days before his December 1 birthday, which is also the date when the away series against New Zealand gets started.
The accomplishment was revealed earlier this week following the release of the latest rankings, which saw Braithwaite moving one place up.
A graduate of The Combermere School, Brathwaite, who has an average of 36 from 42 Tests, scored 121 runs in the recent two-Test series against Zimbabwe, averaging 40.
He is the only West Indies batsman in the top 20 with the next best being in-form right-hander Shai Hope who lies 25th.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, remained 20th in the bowling rankings, following a decent tour of Zimbabwe where he picked up five wickets in the two Tests on flat tracks in Bulawayo.
The Trinidadian is the highest ranked West Indies’ bowler, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo lying 23rd and seamer Kemar Roach, 24th.
The series against New Zealand starts on December 1 with the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
WEST INDIES TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND
Sat Nov 25 – Mon Nov 27 (18:00 AST -1d)
New Zealand A v West Indies – Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Fri Dec 1 – Tue Dec 5 (18:00 AST -1d)
1st Test – New Zealand v West Indies – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Sat Dec 9 – Wed Dec 13 (18:00 AST -1d)
2nd Test – New Zealand v West Indies – Seddon Park, Hamilton
Wed Dec 20 (18:00 AST -1d)
1st ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei
Sat Dec 23 (18:00 AST -1d)
2nd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Tue Dec 26 (18:00 AST -1d)
3rd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Fri Dec 29 (22:00 AST -1d)
1st T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Saxton Oval, Nelson
Mon Jan 1, 2018 (02:00 AST)
2nd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Wed Jan 3, 2018 (02:00 AST)
3rd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui