Boult joins Southee in Test bowling top 10

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New Zealand's bowlers are marching up the ICC rankings for Test bowlers after the side's historic series win against the West Indies in Bridgetown on Monday.

New Zealand's bowlers are marching up the ICC rankings for Test bowlers after the side's historic series win against the West Indies in Bridgetown on Monday.

New Zealand won the third Test by 53 runs to claim their first away series triumph against a top-eight team in 12 years.

Spearheading the charge up the rankings were Trent Boult, Mark Craig, and Tim Southee, who all claimed three victims apiece in the second innings to stop the hosts in their tracks, after New Zealand set the West Indies a target of 308 on the last day of the match.

As a result, paceman Boult, whose ability to move the ball both ways has made him a mainstay in the New Zealand side, broke into the top ten on the rankings table. He climbed two spots to bag ninth position after returning match figures of two for 71 and three for 28.

He became the second New Zealander in the top 10, joining Southee, who demolished the West Indies middle order in the second innings, claiming three victims for just 28 runs, thereby retaining sixth spot.

Mark Craig proved himself to be an able replacement for Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel, taking a total of four wickets for 174 runs in the match to leap seven spots to claim 71st position on the rankings table.

Neil Wagner's four for 64 and one for 50 helped him achieve his career-best ranking to date, with the left-hander jumping six places to land just outside the top 20 at number 22.

West Indies took consolation from the fact that Kemar Roach was rewarded for his match haul of eight wickets for 116 runs with a career-best ranking of 10th. Roach jumped five places and shared the position and the same ratings points as Australia's Peter Siddle.

West Indies' debutant Jason Holder entered the rankings table for the first time in 96th position, while Jimmy Neesham broke into the top 100 for the first time, jumping up 10 places to land on 97.

Neesham was also seen heading in the right direction in the batting rankings. Having made 78 runs in the first innings and following it up with 51 in the second, Neesham showed the most improvement on the batting table. He climbed 17 places to achieve his career best ranking to date, to 43rd position.

New Zealand's centurion Kane Williamson was rewarded for his 161 not out in the second innings with a jump of five places to claim 14th spot.

Also making positive moves in the batting rankings were West Indies' Kirk Edwards in 58th (up by four) and Kraigg Brathwaite in 62nd (up by seven).

Meanwhile, the team rankings showed no movement. Australia remained top-ranked with 123 ratings points, with South Africa a close second.

However, with England and India locking horns in a Test series beginning 9 July, and Sri Lanka playing against South Africa from 16 July, some movement is likely in the coming weeks.

A 5-0 clean sweep by either fifth-ranked England or fourth-ranked India could see either team leap into third position, while a loss by that margin could see them drop as low as seventh.

For South Africa, a 2-0 series win could see the side topple Australia from the top of the perch to regain the number one position, while a clean sweep for Sri Lanka could see the side move as high as fourth in the Test rankings.

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