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New Zealand moves to third in ICC Women’s Championship

Bates, Priest and Jayangani soar in rankings; bowlers also on the rise

New Zealand moves to third in ICC Women’s Championship - Cricket News
Bates, Priest and Jayangani soar in rankings; bowlers also on the rise
 
·       Suzie Bates: “We’re really pleased with the way we played and dominated”
 
·       Shashikala Siriwardene: “As a team, we couldn’t perform as we expected”
 
New Zealand has climbed to third place in the ICC Women’s Championship following its 3-0 win against Sri Lanka in Lincoln.
 
The White Ferns went into the series in sixth position on eight points, but has now leapfrogged Pakistan, England and South Africa to third on 14 points, two behind co-leaders Australia, which lies marginally ahead of the West Indies when run-rates are factored in.
 
India has switched places with Sri Lanka who are now rooted to the bottom of the table on five points.
 
In the remaining two fourth round matches, to be played in February 2016, leaders Australia will host India while South Africa will welcome England.
 
The White Ferns, in fact, swept Sri Lanka 5-0 in the series but only the first three matches counted towards the ICC Women’s Championship. The 5-0 series win, nevertheless, has had an impact on New Zealand position on the ICC Women’s Team Rankings on which it has gained two points to move up to 111 points.
 
The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and is being participated in 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 gain automatic qualification for the event proper which is 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.

Speaking after the series, White Ferns Suzie Bates captain said: “We’re really pleased with the way we played and dominated. To come out and win 5-0, and the way we performed with a few 10-wicket wins, was really pleasing ahead of the start of our summer.
 
“The whole series we’ve had different players stand up with personal bests, from Rachel Priest to Morna Nielsen to Erin Bermingham, so it’s really nice to be able to take some time now to enjoy that and celebrate those achievements.”
 
Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardene commented: “When we arrived in New Zealand we were seventh in the table and had hoped to grab a few points. But unfortunately as a team we couldn’t perform as we expected.
 
“Conditions were the biggest challenge firstly and this was the first time we all played here. We were also short of few experienced players like Eshani and Udeshika. But we learned a lot and thanks to ICC Women’s Championship, we have the opportunity to play against best seven countries in the world. We gained good experience and I am sure we will be tougher for the experience next time.”
 
As a consequence of the five ODIs, in the latest ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, right-hander Bates has moved up four places to join England’s Sarah Taylor in second position after a prolific series with the bat where she scored 38, 70 not out, 80 and 70 not out in four innings overall.
 
Bates now trails Australia’s Meg Lanning by 79 points and has been joined in the top 10 by wicket-keeper Rachel Priest who has rocketed 11 places to a career-high ninth position after scoring 108, 51 not out and 157 in just three innings.
 
Sri Lanka opener Chamari Jayangani has moved up four places to 12th, while other notable upward movers include Katie Perkins (up one to a career-high 24th), Sara McGlashan (up nine to 32nd) and wicket-keeper Prasadani Weerakoddy (up four to 61st).

In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, the top 10 remains unchanged with India’s Jhulan Goswami continuing to lead the way.
However, there were gains for Sophie Devine (up 12 places to 21st), Bates (up eight to a career-high 24th), Lea Tahuhu (up one to 29th) and a career-high 30th for leg-spinner Erin Bermingham who is the highest mover in the top 50 and has moved up 15 places after claiming 10 wickets for 101 runs in five matches.
 
There were significant gains for Amy Satterthwaite (up six to 66th) and career-high gains for Anna Peterson (up 19 to 68th), Hannah Rowe (up 44 to 73rd), Ama Kanchana (up four to 87th) and Jayangani (up 19 to 90th).
Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies continues to lead the all-rounders’ tables, however there were career high gains for Bates, who has moved up two places to a career-high third, as well as New Zealand’s Devine who has moved up one place to sixth on 245 points.
Forthcoming fixtures:

Australia v India
2 Feb – First ODI, Canberra
5 Feb – Second ODI, Hobart
7 Feb – Third ODI, Hobart
 
South Africa v England
7 Feb – First ODI, Benoni
12 Feb – Second ODI, Centurion
14 Feb – Third ODI, Johannesburg

Points table:
ICC Women's Championship (as on 15 November 2015)
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
New Zealand 12 7 5 0 0 14 0.357
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
India 9 2 6 0 1 5 -0.286
Sri Lanka 12 2 9 0 1 5 -1.037
 
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as on 15 November, after New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI series and first T20I)
 
Ranking         Team              Points
1                      Australia          134
2                      England           124
3                      New Zealand   111
4                      India                105
5                      West Indies     102
6                      South Africa    92
7                      Pakistan           80
8                      Sri Lanka         72
9                      Bangladesh      51
10                    Ireland             26       
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings (as on 15 November, after New Zealand-Sri Lanka ODI series)
Batters
 
Rank    (+/-)        Player               Team         Pts          Ave         HS Ranking
   1          ( - )         Meg Lanning       Aus        796*!    47.21    796 v Eng at Worcester 2015
   2=       (+4)       Suzie Bates          NZ          717       39.18    734 v WI at Kingston 2013
               ( - )         Sarah Taylor       Eng        717       40.22    803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   4          (-1)        Stafanie Taylor      WI          702       45.62    765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   5          (-1)        C. Edwards          Eng        695       38.21    749 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
   6          (-1)        Mithali Raj            Ind         679       48.82    839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   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          (+11)     Rachel Priest         NZ          589!      32.97    589 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  10         (-1)        Alex Blackwell      Aus        570       33.29    683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

Selected Rankings:
 
Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team      Pts          Ave         HS Ranking
12          (+4)       C. Jayangani        SL          556       32.23    581 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
15          (-1)        Sophie Devine      NZ          549       24.79    556 v Ind at Bangalore 2015
18          (-1)        A.Satterthwaite    NZ          540       28.64    653 v Aus at Sydney 2012
24          (+1)       Katie Perkins       NZ          445*!    29.17    445 v SL at Christchurch 2015
32          (+9)       Sara McGlashan  NZ          382       22.31    573 v Eng at Derby 2007
36          (-8)        E. Kaushalya       SL          362       15.69    482 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
45          (-7)        H.A.S.D.Sir'dene  SL          303       19.19    497 v Pak at Canberra 2009
61          (+4)       P. Weerakkody    SL          245*     15.71    249 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015

Bowling
Rank     (+/-)       Player                Team     Points    Average  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
               ( - )         Katherine Brunt  Eng        656       23.26    3.37      796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   4          ( - )         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          ( - )         Shibnam Ismail   SA          583*     18.40    3.45      595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   7          ( - )         Jenny Gunn        Eng        582       27.63    3.77      693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   8          ( - )         D.van Niekerk     SA          579*     16.13    3.24      583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   9          ( - )         Erin Osborne       Aus        552       25.18    4.02      581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
  10         ( - )         Sana Mir              Pak         550       25.10    3.46      610 v SA at Sharjah 2015

Selected Rankings:
  11         ( - )         Morna Nielsen    NZ          528*     25.80    3.61      546 v Ind at Bangalore 2015
  21         (+12)     Sophie Devine      NZ          447       36.46    4.26      510 v Ind at Sydney 2009
  23         (-4)        H.A.S.D.Sir'dene  SL          441       24.77    3.76      535 v Eng at Colombo (NCC) 2010
  24         (+8)       Suzie Bates          NZ          439!      28.31    4.89      439 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  29         (+1)       Lea Tahuhu           NZ          406*     36.08    4.13      423 v SL at Lincoln 2015
  30         (+15)     Erin Bermingham    NZ          400*!    19.68    3.89      400 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  37         (-4)        S. Weerakkody       SL          362*     37.86    3.84      397 v SA at Potchefstroom 2013
  45         (+1)       Inoka Ranaweera     SL          328*     28.08    4.24      342 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
  48         (+2)       Leigh Kasperek      NZ          313*     17.00    2.86      326 v SL at Lincoln 2015
  49         (-7)        M. Samuddika        SL          311*     33.05    3.72      338 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
  66         (+6)       A.Satterthwaite      NZ          204*     29.59    4.91      225 v Eng at Derby 2010
  68         (+19)     Anna Peterson      NZ          195*!    14.00    3.20      195 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  73         (+44)     Hannah Rowe        NZ          186*!      -             3.57      186 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  87         (+4)       Ama Kanchana     SL          133*!    32.11    6.17      133 v NZ at Christchurch 2015
  90         (+19)     C. Jayangani         SL          120*!    71.50    6.50      120 v NZ at Christchurch 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          (+2)       Suzie Bates          NZ          315!      315 v SL at Christchurch 2015
   4          (-1)        Jhulan Goswami Ind         307!      307 v NZ at Bangalore 2015
   5          (-1)        D.van Niekerk    SA          281*/*!  281 v Pak at Sharjah 2015
 
 

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