Following a strong series in India with bat and ball, Ash Gardner has leapt to the first spot on the MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I all-rounder rankings, on top of moves in the bowling and batting disciplines.
Making 66* (32) and taking 2/20 in Australia's fifth T20I victory over India at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, the 25-year-old climbed two positions to claim top spot, and will hold the crown at the start of the new year.
Gardner (417) holds a sizable advantage over Sophie Devine (389) and Deepti Sharma (387) in second and third respectively, with Hayley Matthews sliding two places (381) in fourth. Tahlia McGrath, up two spots to 10th (248), climbs past Stafanie Taylor (235) and compatriot Ellyse Perry (231).
Making runs in the recent T20I series against India, Gardner also jumped two spots to seventh in the batting rankings (649), over Suzie Bates (641) and Alyssa Healy (631). Australians hold the top two spots through the work of McGrath (814) and Beth Mooney (760), with India’s Smriti Mandhana in third (727). Chamari Athapaththu (612) re-enters the top ten, with Jemimah Rodrigues slipping two places (607).
Around a host of minor shuffles on the batting side, one of the biggest moves came from Grace Harris, who made the most of her inclusion on Australia's tour of India.
The hard-hitter moved 33 spots to 61st (398), and India’s Harleen Deol (206) climbed 26 spots as she tries to enter the top hundred.
On the bowling front, Gardner made a climb of three places to 14th, with just the one shuffle to the top ten: Shabnim Ismail moving up one spot to fifth (707) and swapping with Renuka Singh (701).
Big moves came from England’s pair of Freya Davies (up 23 spots to 102nd) and Alice Davidson-Richards (up 84 spots) after a strong showing in the West Indies, and Aussie young gun Darcie Brown, who climbed six spots to a career best rating of 546. Heather Graham (up 59 spots), Charlie Dean (up 24 spots), Anjali Sarvani (up 27 spots) and Devika Vaidya (up 31 spots) enjoyed big rankings improvements outside of the top hundred.