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West Indies joins Australia on top of the ICC Women’s Championship table

West Indies Women's 3-0 win over Pakistan has taken it to the top of the table alongside Australia

West Indies joins Australia on top of the ICC Women’s Championship table - Cricket News
Pakistan’s Javeria Khan scores through the off side as West Indies’ Merissa Aguilleira looks on.
·         Taylor climbs to third in batting rankings; gains for Pakistan players despite defeat
 
·         West Indies and Pakistan retain their pre-series team rankings
 
Following its 3-0 win over Pakistan in St Lucia on Saturday, the West Indies has joined world number-one Australia on the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table.

Stafanie Taylor’s side has leapfrogged South Africa and is now level with Australia on 16 points. However, both Australia and South Africa have played one less round of matches. In their fourth round matches next year, Australia will host India and South Africa will host England.

The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and is being participated by Australia, England, India, New Zealand Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The top four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship will obtain automatic qualification for the event proper to be staged in England, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017.
 
The tournament structure sees each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed, at least, 21 ODIs over the tournament period.
 
Pakistan played four ODIs against the West Indies on the tour and though it won the opening match of the series, only the last three matched counted towards the ICC Women’s Championship. Nevertheless, all four matches count towards the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which has seen no changes to their pre-series rankings except that both have gained one point each. The ICC Women’s Team Rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of the three-match T20I series, which will be played in St George’s, Grenada, from 29 October to 1 November.

Reflecting on the series victory in the aftermath of Saturday’s win, former West Indies fast bowler and women’s team coach Vasbert Drakes said: “I thought that we executed really well throughout the series and recognised the importance of trying to dominate this game, and we did that really well.
 
“The consistency in everyone was a highlight. Merissa Aguilleira improved tremendously batting at number-five, while Stafanie (Taylor) showed again why she’s the best player in the world. She dominated again and led from the front. Kyshona (Knight) bowled well and Shamilia (Connell) bowled really fast and consistent.
 
“It was a collective effort with everyone contributing as a group. Going forward we know that we still have a lot of work to do but we can look forward to the South African leg.”
 
The West Indies won the opening match of the ICC Women’s Championship by three wickets and then took an assailable 2-0 lead by winning the second match by 109 runs. It swept the series with a six wicket win.
 
The West Indies’ dominance is also reflected in the last ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, which has seen a number of its players move in the right direction.
Taylor has claimed three places to third in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, while there were notable gains for Nain Abidi (up six places to 25th), Merissa Aguilleira (up 14 places to 28th), Asmavia Iqbal (up six places to a career-high 42nd), Britney Cooper (up 16 places to 71st) and  Aliya Riaz (up 12 places to 100th).

In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, Anisa Mohammed has retained her second place behind runaway leader Jhulan Goswami of India, while 24-year-old skipper Taylor has dropped one place to fourth. There was better news for Tremayne Smartt who has vaulted four places to 14th.
 
Stafanie Taylor continues to lead the all-rounders’ tables and holds a 65-point advantage over Australia’s Ellyse Perry.
 
Forthcoming matches in ICC Women’s Championship:
 
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
3 Nov – 1st ODI, Bert Sutcliffe, Lincoln
5 Nov – 2nd ODI, Bert Sutcliffe, Lincoln
7 Nov – 3rd ODI, Bert Sutcliffe, Lincoln
 
Australia v India
2 Feb – 1st ODI, Hobart
5 Feb – 2nd ODI, Hobart
7 Feb – 3rd ODI, Hobart
 
South Africa v England
7 Feb – 1st ODI, Benoni
12 Feb – 2nd ODI, Benoni
14 Feb – 3rd ODI, Benoni
 
Points table:
ICC Women's Championship 2014 – 2016
Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR
Australia 9 8 1 0 0 16 0.922
West Indies 12 8 4 0 0 16 0.558
South Africa 9 5 3 0 1 11 0.097
England 9 4 4 0 1 9 -0.163
Pakistan 12 4 8 0 0 8 -0.386
New Zealand 9 4 5 0 0 8 -0.509
Sri Lanka 9 2 6 0 1 5 -0.232
India 9 2 6 0 1 5 -0.286
 
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
ICC Women’s Team Rankings (after the conclusion of West Indies-Pakistan ODIs. The table will again be updated their 3-match T20I series, which ends on 1 November)
 
Ranking         Team              Points
1                      Australia          134
2                      England           124
3                      New Zealand    109
4                      India                105
5                      West Indies      100
6                      South Africa      92
7                      Pakistan           82
8                      Sri Lanka          74
9                      Bangladesh       57
10                    Ireland               26       
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC Women’s Player Rankings (as on 26 October after West Indies-Pakistan series):  
Batting
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player              Team     Points      Ave         Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )     Meg Lanning        Aus         796*!    47.21        796 v Eng at Worcester 2015
   2           ( - )     Sarah Taylor        Eng         717      40.22        803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   3           (+3)     Stafanie Taylor    WI          702       45.62        765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   4           (-1)      C. Edwards         Eng         695      38.21        749 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
   5           (-1)      Mithali Raj           Ind          679      48.82        839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   6           (-1)      Suzie Bates         NZ          674      36.54        734 v WI at Kingston 2013
   7           ( - )      H. Kaur               Ind          643      35.62        678 v SA at Bangalore 2014
   8           ( - )      Ellyse Perry        Aus         640!     38.86        640 v Eng at Worcester 2015
   9           (+1)     Alex Blackwell     Aus         570      33.29        683 v Ind at Canberra 2008
  10         (-1)       Deandra Dottin     WI          565       27.89        650 v NZ at Kingston 2013

Selected Others:
 
Rank     (+/-)         Player               Team     Points      Ave        Highest Ranking
  11         (+5)       Javeria Khan        Pak         555        29.66     573 v SA at Sharjah 2015
  13         (-1)        Bismah Maroof     Pak         546        25.88     551 v Ban at Karachi 2015
  25         (+6)       Nain Abidi             Pak         424       19.76     459 v Ire at Dublin 2012
  28         (+14)     M. Aguilleira          WI          400        20.22     526 v SA at St Kitts (WP) 2013
  32         (-4)        Kycia Knight         WI          390*       19.51     404 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2015
  37         (-2)        H. Matthews         WI          359*       29.66     380 v Pak at St Lucia 2015
  42         (+6)       Asmavia Iqbal      Pak         326!       14.53     326 v WI at St Lucia 2015
  43         (+1)       Sana Mir              Pak         318        16.13     326 v WI at St Lucia 2015
  44         (-4)        S. Campbelle        WI          311        18.79     403 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
  71         (+16)     Britney Cooper      WI          212*!      15.05     212 v Pak at St Lucia 2015
100        (+12)       Aliya Riaz            Pak         149*      13.16     152 v WI at St Lucia 2015

Bowling
Rank     (+/-)      Player                  Team     Points     Ave       Econ           Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )    Jhulan Goswami     Ind          765      20.98       3.16           796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
   2=        ( - )     A. Mohammed        WI          656      17.72       3.23           704 v Aus at Sydney 2014
                (+2)   Katherine Brunt      Eng         656      23.26       3.37           796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   4           (-1)    Stafanie Taylor       WI          647      18.62       3.09            768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   5           ( - )    Ellyse Perry           Aus        608      24.08       4.25            698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012
   6           (+1)   Shibnam Ismail      SA          583*     18.40       3.45           595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   7           (+1)   Jenny Gunn           Eng         582      27.63       3.77           693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   8           (+1)   D. van Niekerk       SA          579*     16.13       3.24           583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   9           (+2)   Erin Osborne         Aus         552       25.18       4.02          581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
  10         (-4)     Sana Mir               Pak         550       25.10       3.46           610 v SA at Sharjah 2015

Selected Others:
 
Rank     (+/-)          Player                  Team      Points      Ave       Econ          Highest Ranking
  14         (+4)         T. Smartt                WI          509*       33.40     3.68       524 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
  22         ( - )          Nida Dar                 Pak        447*       21.90     3.52       463 v Ban at Cox's Bazar 2014
  24         (-2)          Asmavia Iqbal         Pak        419        31.55     4.19       458 v SA at Sharjah 2015
  35         (-6)          Shakera Selman      WI         373*       25.53     3.36       467 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
  39         (+9)         Anam Amin             Pak        347*!     10.60     2.62       347 v WI at St Lucia 2015
  48         (-1)          Bismah Maroof        Pak        321*      21.93     3.60       327 v WI at St Lucia 2015
  49         (+9)         Hayley Matthews     WI          304*!     19.87     3.83       304 v Pak at St Lucia 2015
  58         (+5)         Deandra Dottin        WI          245*!      30.34     4.87       245 v Pak at St Lucia 2015
  73=       (+11)       Sania Khan             Pak        180*!      54.25     4.52       180 v WI at St Lucia 2015
                (+23)      S. Connell              WI          180*!      36.33     4.73       180 v Pak at St Lucia 2015

All-rounders
 
Rank    (+/-)                  Player                  Team      Points                    Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )          Stafanie Taylor            WI          454                        560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2           ( - )          Ellyse Perry                Aus        389!                       389 v Eng at Worcester 2015
   3           ( - )          Jhulan Goswami          Ind         307!                       307 v NZ at Bangalore 2015
   4           ( - )          D. van Niekerk            SA          281*/*!                    281 v Pak at Sharjah 2015
   5           ( - )          Suzie Bates                NZ          255!                       255 v Ind at Bangalore 2015
 

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