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India and New Zealand aiming for upward ICC Women’s Championship movement

India is currently rooted to the bottom of the table on three points, with the White Ferns a point and a place ahead in seventh
Opportunity for both sides to move up the ladder
India and New Zealand will aim to boost their standings when they go head to head in round three of the ICC Women’s Championship, which starts in Bangalore on Sunday.

The series includes five ODIs but only the first three matches scheduled for 28 June, 1 and 3 July will count towards the eight-team ICC Women’s Championship. The top four sides from this tournament will qualify automatically for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, while the bottom four sides will play in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.

India is currently rooted to the bottom of the table on three points, with the White Ferns a point and a place ahead in seventh. A 3-0 series victory for the visitors would see it move to joint third place alongside the West Indies, while a 2-1 win would see both sides rise up the table; New Zealand into joint fourth while India would leapfrog Sri Lanka. 

India knows that it can rise to fourth place on nine points, above Pakistan, with a clean sweep in the series.

Looking ahead to the three-match ODI series, India captain Mithali Raj said: “This series of games is vitally important as we bid to improve our standing in the Women’s Championship, and we know that we will be facing a well-drilled and talented New Zealand side. Our preparation has been good and there’s a positive feeling in the squad that we can turn around our form and get the win. If we can execute our game-plan and play a consistent brand of attacking cricket, then we are confident that we can cause the White Ferns some problems. 

“There are some new faces in the squad and we believe that they will supplement our squad for this series and going forward as well. There’s a huge incentive for teams to perform well in this series and we’re focused on the task at hand. We’re excited to be playing at home and are hopeful that we can count on a strong following in Bangalore.”

White Ferns captain Suzie Bates said: “We’re really excited to be playing in India, and with it being a home series for them, they will be tough especially in their own conditions. Last year we learned from going over to the West Indies after our winter and not having as much preparation as we would have liked. It’s great that New Zealand Cricket have supported us by sending us over a week or so earlier to get out in the middle and bat in those conditions. 

“It’s really different coming from batting indoors to batting on grass, so we’re exciting about getting the few days training under our belt as a team. We know that the (ICC Women’s Championship) points come in the first three games, but we also want to win the five-match series. Winning the first three games is massive for qualification for (the ICC Women’s World Cup in) 2017 and those are the three games that the team want to win and win well. That's why we want to hit the ground running in these seven to 10 days beforehand so we're not playing catch up.”

Meanwhile, India will look to Jhulan Goswami who is currently the top ranked bowler in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers as it bids to improve its ranking heading into the series. The medium-pace bowler has been in fine form of late in the competition and is also the highest ranked all-rounder in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for All-rounders where she lies in fifth place on 233 points, three adrift of South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp. For New Zealand, Morna Nielsen (14th) is her side’s highest ranked bowler.
In the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for Batters, sixth place White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is the leading batter on her side and she will have her opposite number Mithali Raj (in fourth place on 680 points) and Harmanpreet Kaur (fifth place on 678 points) in her sights. New Zealand has two further batters inside the top 20; Amy Satterthwaite (14th) and Rachel Priest (17th).

India (from): Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Niranjana Nagarajan, Shikha Pandey, Kalpana R, Sneh Rana, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, M.D. Thirushkamini, Poonam Yadav

New Zealand (from): Suzie Bates (captain), Kate Broadmore, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Georgia Guy, Leigh Kasperek, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Rachel Priest, Hannah Rowe, Amy Satterthwaite, Lea Tahuhu
Forthcoming fixtures:

India v New Zealand

28 June – First ODI, Bangalore
1 July – Second ODI, Bangalore
3 July – Third ODI, Bangalore

England v Australia
21 July – First ODI, Taunton
23 July – Second ODI, Bristol
26 July – Third ODI, Worcester

Points table:
ICC Women's Championship 2014 - 2016
Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR
Australia 6 6 0 0 0 12 0.952
South Africa 9 5 3 0 1 11 0.097
West Indies 9 5 4 0 0 10 0.382
Pakistan 9 4 5 0 0 8 -0.145
England 6 3 2 0 1 7 0.308
Sri Lanka 9 2 6 0 1 5 -0.232
New Zealand 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.876
India 6 1 4 0 1 3 -0.371
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result

Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 25 June, ahead of India-New Zealand series):  
Rank    Player                   Team         Pts          Ave         HS Ranking
   1           Sarah Taylor        Eng         746        40.83     803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   2           C. Edwards           Eng         731        38.49     749 v NZ at Lincoln 2015
   3           Meg Lanning        Aus         727*!    45.64     727 v WI at Bowral 2014
   4           Mithali Raj           Ind          680        48.88     839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   5           H. Kaur                  Ind          678*!    36.38     678 v SA at Bangalore 2014
   6           Suzie Bates           NZ          668        36.95     734 v WI at Kingston 2013
   7           Stafanie Taylor    WI          657        43.26     765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   8           Deandra Dottin    WI          620        28.73     650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   9           Jessica Cameron  Aus         580        37.63     660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
  10         Alex Blackwell     Aus         561        33.16     683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

Selected Rankings:
Rank      Player                 Team         Pts          Ave         HS Ranking
14           A.Satterthwaite    NZ          534        27.86     653 v Aus at Sydney 2012
17           Rachel Priest         NZ          506        27.23     520 v Eng at Bay Oval 2015
21           Sophie Devine      NZ          484!       23.47     484 v Eng at Lincoln 2015
24           Katie Perkins        NZ          425*!    31.55     425 v Eng at Lincoln 2015
26           Poonam Raut       Ind         402*      26.27     466 v Eng at Lord's 2012
33           Nicola Browne     NZ          374        27.05     645 v Aus at Lincoln 2008 
34=         Sara McGlashan  NZ          373        22.05     573 v Eng at Derby 2007
                S. Mandhana       Ind          373*      26.90     379 v SA at Bangalore 2014
36           Amita Sharma     Ind          368        16.83     505 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2012
43           Jhulan Goswami  Ind          345        13.01     349 v SA at Bangalore 2014

Rank      Player                 Team         Pts          Ave                       Highest Ranking
   1           Jhulan Goswami  Ind          676        21.05     3.19       796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
   2           An. Mohammed  WI          672        17.38     3.22       704 v Aus at Sydney 2014
   3           Katherine Brunt   Eng         665        22.65     3.32       796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   4           Stafanie Taylor    WI          659        18.14     3.08       768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   5           Jenny Gunn          Eng         619        27.66     3.75       693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   6           Sana Mir               Pak         602        23.28     3.41       610 v SA at Sharjah 2015
   7           Shibnam Ismail   SA           583*      18.40     3.45       595 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   8           D. van Niekerk     SA           579*      16.13     3.24       583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   9           Shanel Daley        WI          568        22.09     3.33       664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
  10         Erin Osborne         Aus         564        25.82     3.98       581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014

Selected Rankings:
  14         Morna Nielsen      NZ          516*      27.70     3.64       532 v Eng at Bay Oval 2015
  24         Ekta Bisht             Ind          440*!    22.29     3.61       440 v SA at Bangalore 2014
  34         Amita Sharma     Ind          369        32.52     3.73       646 v Pak at Karachi 2005
  42         N. Niranjana         Ind          340*      24.95     3.96       394 v Ban at Ahmedabad 2013
  45         Sophie Devine      NZ          333        39.93     4.43       510 v Ind at Sydney 2009
  46         Lea Tahuhu          NZ          332*!    39.81     4.33       332 v Eng at Lincoln 2015
  50         Suzie Bates           NZ          307        31.13     5.16       314 v Eng at Bay Oval 2015

Rank      Player                                   Team     Points                    Highest Ranking
   1           Stafanie Taylor                    WI          433                        560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2           Ellyse Perry                           Aus         296!                       296 v WI at Bowral 2014
   3           D. van Niekerk                     SA           281*/*!                 281 v Pak at Sharjah 2015
   4           Marizanne Kapp                 SA           236/*                    273 v Ind at Bangalore 2014
   5           Jhulan Goswami                  Ind          233                        245 v Aus at Ahmedabad 2012

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