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Meg Lanning
Women's Cricket World Cup

Lanning climbs to No.2 in ODI batters rankings; Matthews makes massive gains

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The first five games of ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 have caused a lot of movement in the latest update of the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings.

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Australia skipper Meg Lanning jumped two spots in the latest Women's ODI Player Rankings for batters. She is now just 15 rating points away from the top spot that's currently occupied by her teammate Alyssa Healy.

Lanning was in sublime touch in the first game of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup against England, smashing 86 in 110 balls with seven fours and a six, which helped Austalia post a massive total of 310/3. They eventually won the game in the last over by 12 runs.

The Player of the Match from the game, Rachael Haynes, who slammed a brilliant 130 of 131, climbed six spots and broke into the top 10 to occupy the No.7 spot in the rankings. There was some consolation for the other centurion from the game – England's Nat Sciver – whose ton, unfortunately, went in vain. She rose five spots to No.6.

Hayley Matthews of West Indies made considerable gains across the board in the rankings for batters, bowlers as well as all-rounders. She was the Player of the Match in West Indies' three-run heist against New Zealand. she scored a brilliant 119 to set a target of 260 for the White Ferns and then accounted for the wickets of the in-form Amelia Kerr and Brooke Halliday.

She broke into the top 5 in the all-rounders' list, climbing six spots to No.4. Matthews rose a massive 12 spots to No.20 for batters and three spots No.10 for bowlers.

Among the other players that moved up the rankings were Ayabonga Khaka, whose four-for against Bangladesh in South Africa's opening game helped her rise a spot to No.6.

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