New No.1 ranked batter crowned as Bangladesh duo create history

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England star Natalie Sciver-Brunt has been rewarded for her excellent recent form by claiming the No.1 ranking for ODI batters, while a pair of Bangladesh players created history on the latest MRF Tyres ICC Women's Player Rankings.

Sciver-Brunt was at her sensational best during the majority of the Ashes series against Australia, but the right-hander perhaps saved her top performances for the ODI component of the multi-format series as she compiled 271 runs at an average of 135.50.

It helped Sciver-Brunt rise one place and overtake Australia opener Beth Mooney as the No.1 ranked ODI batter in the world, with the 30-year-old achieving a career-high rating of 803 rating points.

Australia captain Meg Lanning (878 rating points) is the only other current women's player to have held a higher batting rating, with Sciver-Brunt now a recipient of the premier ranking position in ODI cricket for both batters and all-rounders.

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapaththu is in second place behind Sciver-Brunt on the latest ODI batter rankings with Mooney dropping to third, while a host of England players also made ground following their 2-1 series triumph in the 50-over component of the Ashes.

Captain Heather Knight rises two places to 12th, Danni Wyatt jumps three spots to 18th, while Ash Gardner was the biggest mover from an Australian perspective as she picked up four rungs to climb to 21st on the batter rankings, three spots on the bowler rankings to claim fifth place and two spots on the all-rounder rankings to go to third.

Sophie Ecclestone remains well clear at the top of the rankings for ODI bowlers, while the England spinner also climbed two spots to equal 11th on the list for all-rounders following yet another impressive display for her country.

The recent ODI series between Bangladesh and India that finished tied at 1-1 saw some new highs, with experienced batter Fargana Hoque rewarded on the latest rankings update after she became the first player from her country to score an ODI century during the enthralling series.

Fargana hit a brilliant 107 in the third and final game of the series and it helped the right-hander jump 11 places to 19th overall and rise to a career-high rating of 565 rating points.

The 30-year-old is the first Bangladesh women to hold a place inside the top 20 of the ODI batter rankings, surpassing the previous best achieved by Rumana Ahmed in February 2017 when the right-hander was ranked 25th.

Nahida Akter was the big mover on the latest rankings for ODI bowlers, with the left-arm spinner jumping five spots to 19th which is the highest ranked any Bangladesh woman has been on this list after Salma Khatun reached 20th with the ball in December last year.

Compatriots Sultana Khatun (up 21 spots to 57th) and Rabeya Khan (up 60 places to 63rd) also made ground on the rankings for ODI bowlers, while India duo Harleen Deol (up 32 spots to 51st) and Jemimah Rodrigues (up 41 places to 55th) improved on the list for batters.

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