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Hales becomes number-one ranked T20I batsman

Finch, Finn and Dernbach achieve career-best rankings

Hales becomes number-one ranked T20I batsman - Cricket News
Alex Hales in action during a T20I match.

England opener Alex Hales has become the number-one ranked batsman on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen after a stellar performance in the second match against Australia in Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Hales scored a 61-ball 94 that helped England level the two-match series 1-1. For this performance, Hales has been rewarded with 65 ratings points, which has helped him leapfrog New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum into top spot.

Australia’s Aaron Finch, who stole the limelight in the first T20I match with an electrifying 63-ball 156, has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career after rocketing 78 places into 20th position.

Outside the top 20, the other batsmen to move in the right direction are Michael Lumb in 41st (up by 14 places), Ravi Bopara in 65th (up by 13) and Joe Root in 71st (up by 267).

Meanwhile, England’s pace duo of Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach has entered the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers for the first-time ever.

Finn, who took two wickets in the series, is now in sixth position (up by six) and Dernbach’s six wickets have earned him a jump of 12 places into seventh spot.

The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers is still headed by Sunil Narine, with Pakistan pair of Saeed Ajmal in second and Mohammed Hafeez third places respectively.

England, Australia retain places

The 1-1 series result means England and Australia have retained their pre-series rankings on the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings Table.

England has dropped to 113 ratings points after conceding one point, while Australia has taken sole possession of seventh spot after gaining one point and moving clear of New Zealand.

Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as of 31 August, after the conclusion of England-Australia T20I series)

Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1   Sri Lanka 128  
2   Pakistan 125  
3   India 121  
4   West Indies 120  
5   South Africa 118  
6 (-) England 112 (-)
7 (-) Australia 103 (+1)
8   New Zealand 102  
9   Ireland 81  
10   Bangladesh 74  
11   Scotland 62  
12   Zimbabwe 46  
14   Netherlands 36  
15   Kenya 34  

Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010:                                          

Afghanistan                88
Canada                        6

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