In-form Australia batter closes in on rare rankings double

More rankings joy for Australia left-hander Beth Mooney after yet another half-century against South Africa.

In-form Australian Beth Mooney has moved one step closer to holding the top ranking for batters in both white-ball formats after she made significant gains on the latest ICC Women's ODI Batter Rankings.

Mooney only claimed the No.1 T20I ranking from teammate Tahlia McGrath last week and the left-hander has her sights set on England's Nat Sciver-Brunt at the top of the ODI list after she climbed to third on the updated set of rankings.

Mooney was at her brilliant best as she contributed an unbeaten 52 in Australia's emphatic eight-wicket triumph over South Africa in the first ODI in Adelaide and was rewarded by moving up one place and within striking distance of Sciver-Brunt at the top of the ODI rankings for batters.

Experienced South Africa all-rounder Marizanne Kapp played a lone hand for the Proteas in the same match with her own half-century and moved up two places to eighth on the ODI rankings for batters, while a pair of Australis's best performers also made ground on the list for ODI bowlers.

Star all-rounder Ash Gardner picked up a wicket during five tidy overs against the Proteas and rose two places to fourth behind England's Sophie Ecclestone as a result, while teammate Kim Garth jumps four places to equal 38th after her two-wicket haul in a Player of the Match performance.

Australia stalwart Ellyse Perry hit an unbeaten 16 and picked up the key wicket of Tazmin Brits against South Africa and rose one place to equal 11th on the list for ODI all-rounders, as Nadine de Klerk moved up three spots to 24th in the same category after contributing 18 with the bat and one wicket with the ball.

There was also some movement on the latest T20I rankings following the completion of Ireland's tour of Zimbabwe, with European duo Orla Prendergast and Laura Delany making the biggest moves following their 5-0 series sweep of the African side.

Prendergast moves up eight places to 38th on the T20I batter rankings and improves four spots to 15th on the list for all-rounders following 183 runs and four wickets for the series, while Delany shoots up eight rungs to 48th in the bowling category after her eight wickets for the series at an average of 8.75.

There was some joy for Zimbabwe’s players despite the series scoreline, with teenager Kelis Ndhlovu improving 13 spots to equal 46th on the list for T20I batters and jumping six notches to 11th in the all-rounder category following her 157 runs and four wickets over the five matches.

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