ICC news June 13, 2014

Southee jumps to fifth spot in ICC rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Southee has achieved a career-best position of fifth in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers after taking six wickets in New Zealand's win over West Indies in Kingston. He has also moved up a spot to claim seventh position in the rankings for Test allrounders.

Southee, who had figures of 4 for 19 in the first innings, has jumped three places in the bowlers rankings, and is behind only Dale Steyn, Ryan Harris, Vernon Philander and Mitchell Johnson. The top five spots are all taken by fast bowlers, while the next three places are shared by spinners in Saeed Ajmal, Rangana Herath and R Ashwin.

Southee has become New Zealand's highest-ranked bowler. His closest rival is fellow fast bowler Trent Boult, who has dropped two places to ninth position after claiming one wicket in the Kingston Test.

Mark Craig comes in at 53rd position, making him the third-highest ranked New Zealand bowler. The offspinner made an impressive start in Kingston when he claimed 4 for 91 and 4 for 97, the best bowling performance by a New Zealand player on Test debut.

For West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara into second position in the rankings for Test batsmen. Chanderpaul scored an unbeaten 84 and 24 in Kingston, and he now trails top-ranked AB de Villiers by 41 ratings points.

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  • James on June 16, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @StevieS: What on earth does that prove? Average's alone are not a good enough reflection of a bowlers impact. Strike rates and volume of wickets should also be considered, Johnson's strikes at around 50, he has always been a little wayward and therefore tends to give runs away quicker than most when not on form, but he has always been a wicket taker - even during his bad days.

    To compare Southee to Johnson is farcical to say the least. I'm a New Zealander who now lives in Australia and i know that as NZer's we always want to get even with the Aussies. But i'd be the first to admit that the NZers have a long way to go yet before they want to be talked about in the same sentences ans Harris and Johnson.

  • Craig on June 14, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Southee and Boult may not set the world on fire pace wise but both, with their swing and accuracy, are claiming wickets very cheaply at the moment, in all parts of the world. Pleased for both of them to be recognised and be in the top 10. They along with the likes of Williamson, Taylor, McCullum (302), and Neesham have taken NZ 2 spots up the test rankings, somewhere they have not been for several years.

    Judging by some of the negative comments on this thread, I'll presume there are a lot of "nationalists" on this site. Just because a bowler from your team is not on the list, or one from another country is higher, does not make them a bad bowler. They obviously must be reasonable if they are playing test cricket.

    How about showing respect for players doing well regardless. I'm a New Zealander and was absolutely rapt Sangakkara about an hour ago picking up his first 100 at Lord's. Or for Mitchell Johnson wrecking havoc against Eng and SA, purely because I enjoy watching good cricket.

  • Jon on June 14, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    Clever move by Hesson and Co to appoint former kiwi quick Shane Bond as bowling coach. NZL has a small army good young quicks for him to work with right now -- Southee, Boult, Wagner in particular have all improved noticeably under his tutelage. He's also done a lot of work with Milne.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Tim Southee since his drop from the team post South ASfrica series early August 2012:

    14 Tests, 73 wickets @ 20.67 at 2.8 RPO.

    In that span, tied 3rd in total wickets with Ashwin (who had insanely helpful dustbowl Indian pitches + insane amount of overs bowled), second best average and strike rate (among strike bowlers) behind Mitchell Johnson.

    Statsguru doesn't lie. No he doesn't have sheer pace or the intimidation factor that Steyn and Mithcell Johnson do thus why he's been 'unnoticed'.

  • Garry on June 14, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Tim Southee's Away average (entire career) 25.72 Mitchell Johnson's (entire career) 31.51. I am not saying that Southee is a better bowler, I am just saying. Jamie Moneghan, Duncan never said that Boult and Southee would be 1 and 2 he said they could be the premier opening bowling unit. I could open the bowling with Malcolm Marshall in his prime but that would mean we would have the worse opening bowling unit in the history of international cricket.

  • Apa on June 14, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Wow thanks for all the negativity from all you unhappy people. So much anger from people. Imagine having half the skill of these cricketers. I agree totally with all you positive people specially people who are not from NZ or the West Indies.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @Shane Bond, well said. I was pretty certain Southee was injured for the South Africa series, we needed him badly there. Boult seems to have a bit more pace at present and is a very good partner to Southee for us, and things will get interesting once Matt Henry gets an opportunity to play for us in tests. We have a strange depth problem that we've almost never had now, who do we leave out and for what reason? Only person I know for a fact needs dropping right now is Fulton.

  • Android on June 14, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Southee was injured during both South Africa and Bangladesh tour. Lol, look at the facts mate then comment. @Sixfourout. Southee for past 2 years has an average of 21.17 with an average of 16 in away tests. He missed South Africa series with injury. I didn't see Mitch playing in subcontinent. Southee picked wickets in Sri Lanka, India, England and now West Indies. I remember my father saying once "If there's one thing an Aussie can't fathom is a Kiwi doing well". Lol, now I understand it pretty well it seems.

  • Android on June 14, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Its good to see west Indians and Zealanders getting top of the rankings! coz ranking system is so biassed its accustomed to see Indians and Englishmen kept higher although they do not perform! see where Alistair cook is!

  • A.J on June 13, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    I'll admit I have never rated Southee, it just seemed the guy wasn't getting any better, but now he's hit a good year of form, but then I stand by my judgement that his form will be temporary and that class is permanent.

    He deserves his spot in the ratings for now, because his form shows he has absolutely earned it, but the test of any player is how long you can be more than just a temporary top ten player. Mitchell Johnson has ripped through the very best team in the world and embarrassed very good English batting line up, but not unlike Southee, he's been erratic and had a high average, that is only just coming done now.

    Personally, I think the Kiwi's are behaving like the English tend to and reading way to much into some performances and frankly It's premature and a little short sighted.

    Boult and Southee will never be the "premiere" bowling attack, they lack the pace, but also the accuracy.

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