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KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood has made a dramatic jump in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, following scores of 85 and 47 not out versus England in the third and final Test held in Barbados recently.

The 23-year-old leapt 31 places to 37th spot, his highest- ever position in the rankings.

Blackwood enjoyed a match-winning 108-run fifth-wicket partnership with Darren Bravo, whose second innings contribution of 82 has put him up three places to 29th, propelling West Indies to a five-wicket win over England to level the three-Test series at one-all.

In the bowling rankings, there were significant gains for three West Indies bowlers.

Jerome Taylor has moved up 13 places to 36th after claiming match figures of six for 69, Shannon Gabriel’s match tally of three for 63 has vaulted him seven places to 50th position. The biggest mover, however, is Jason Holder whose five for 49 in the match has launched him 30 places to a career-high 51st position.

Meanwhile, England has slipped one place to fourth in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following its five-wicket defeat in the Barbados Test, while the West Indies, after gaining three points, has reduced its gap with seventh-placed India to 14 points.
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