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Ellyse Perry moves up to career-best rankings

Mithali Raj closes in on Meg Lanning at top of the batting table
Ellyse Perry

Australia’s Ellyse Perry has gained three places to reach a career-best third position among batters in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings which were updated on Sunday after the league phase of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

The 26-year-old Perry, who is second in the list of batters in the tournament with 366 runs and has so far taken nine wickets, has also become the world’s top all-rounder by leapfrogging West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor. This will be Perry’s third stint as the number-one all-rounder as she was also at the top from 24 February to 18 September 2016 and then again between 8-10 October.

Defending champion Australia, which finished second in the eight-team league, also saw Nicole Bolton gain eight places to reach a career-best 11th position among batters. Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen has gained three places to reach a career-best second position among bowlers with nine wickets from six matches while Megan Schutt has moved up four positions to reach 16th rank with similar success.

England, which topped the league and will play South Africa in the first semi-final in Bristol on Tuesday, expectedly had significant gainers among batters as well as bowlers.

Natalie Sciver has moved up seven places to reach seventh position, captain Heather Knight has moved up one place to 10th slot while Tommy Beaumont has gained 13 places to reach a career-best 16th position after leading the run-scorers list with 372 from seven matches so far. Anya Shrubsole’s upward movement of five slots to reach 16th rank is the most significant among its bowlers.

Mithali Raj made a move back towards the number rank among batters.
Mithali Raj made a move back towards the number rank among batters.

India, which disposed of New Zealand to set up a semi-final clash with six-time champion Australia in Derby on Thursday, saw its captain Mithali Raj make a move back towards the number rank among batters. Her 356 runs in the tournament, which includes a match-winning 109 against New Zealand, has taken her to within five points of number-one Meg Lanning’s 779 points after starting the tournament at second place, but 51 points behind her Australian counterpart.

Poonam Raut (up 12 places to 19th) and Smriti Mandhana (up eight places to 29th) are the significant gainers among India’s batters while pace bowler Shikha Pandey (up three places to 13th) and spinner Deepti Sharma (up nine places to 21st) have made noteworthy progress among bowlers.

For South Africa, captain Dane van Niekerk’s 15 wickets have seen her jump 14 places to fifth position while Shabnim Ismail has moved into the top 10 by gaining two places to reach eighth rank. Openers Lizelle Lee (up four places to sixth) and Laura Wolvaardt (up 12 places to a career-best 22nd) have moved up the rankings among batters.

For New Zealand, Katie Perkins has gained three places to reach 24th position among batters while Holly Huddleston has gained 10 places to reach 30th among bowlers.

Sri Lanka’s batting star Chamari Athapaththu, who accumulated 311 runs including the tournament’s highest score of 178 not out, has gained 12 positions to reach joint-11th rank while pace bowler Sripali Weerakkody has moved up 12 places to 29th rank.

Katie Perkins has gained three places to reach 24th position.
Katie Perkins has gained three places to reach 24th position.

For Pakistan, captain Sana Mir has gained 18 slots to reach joint-37th position among batters and Nahida Khan has moved up 16 places to 45th place. Spinner Nashra Sundhu has gained 13 places to reach joint-61st position.

For the West Indies, which was runner-up last time but went out of contention for a knockout berth fairly early this time, Chedean Nation’s 76-place vault to 106th rank was a bright spot.

As for the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which take into account both ODIs and T20Is, there was no change in positions with Australia gaining one point to lead the table at 128. England has gained two points to reach 124 in second position with New Zealand (118), India (113) and the West Indies (104) other teams in the top five.

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Rankings (as on 16 July 2017, after the league phase of the ICC Women’s World Cup)

Batters (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts      Avge     Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       Meg Lanning     Aus      779      55.53    834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2       ( - )       Mithali Raj         Ind        774      52.00    839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

   3       (+3)      Ellyse Perry      Aus      749!     51.47    749 v SA at Taunton 2017

   4       (-1)       A.Satterthwaite  NZ        720      38.63    756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

   5       (-1)       Suzie Bates       NZ        703      42.43    775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

   6       (+4)      Lizelle Lee         SA        645      31.25    687 v Ind at Leicester 2017

   7       (+7)      Natalie Sciver    Eng      624*     46.08    642 v NZ at Derby 2017

   8       (-1)       Alex Blackwell   Aus      620      35.00    683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

   9       (-4)       Stafanie Taylor  WI        602      42.97    765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

  10       (+1)      Heather Knight  Eng      569      35.12    588 v SA at Bristol 2017

Natalie Sciver has moved up seven places to reach seventh position.
Natalie Sciver has moved up seven places to reach seventh position.

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

11=       (+12)     C. Athapaththu  SL        559      30.55    616 v Aus at Bristol 2017

            (+8)      Nicole Bolton    Aus      559*!    44.41    559 v SA at Taunton 2017

16         (+13)     T. Beaumont     Eng      546*!    39.66    546 v WI at Bristol 2017

19         (+12)     Poonam Raut    Ind        522      31.89    539 v Aus at Bristol 2017

22         (+12)     L. Wolvaardt     SA        489*!    47.10    489 v Aus at Taunton 2017

24         (+3)      Katie Perkins     NZ        477      27.48    493 v Eng at Derby 2017

29         (+8)      S. Mandhana     Ind        445*     31.96    507 v SL at Ranchi 2016

37=       (+18)     Sana Mir           Pak      394      17.56    404 v WI at Leicester 2017

43         (+13)     Alyssa Healy     Aus      370!     16.33    370 v SA at Taunton 2017

45         (+16)     Nahida Khan     Pak      342*     18.85    351 v WI at Leicester 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

   1       ( - )       M. Kapp           SA        662      24.71    689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017

   2       (+3)      J. Jonassen      Aus      658*!    22.46    658 v SA at Taunton 2017

   3       (-1)       S. Taylor           WI        625      19.51    768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   4       ( - )       K. Brunt            Eng      613      22.52    796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

   5       (+14)     D. van Niekerk  SA        586      17.45    591 v SL at Taunton 2017

   6       (-3)       J. Goswami       Ind        583      22.23    796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   7       (-1)       Ekta Bisht         Ind        576*     20.64    609 v Pak at Derby 2017

   8       (+2)      S.Ismail              SA       574      20.00    641 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016

   9       ( - )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      555      24.97    698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

  10       (-3)       A. Mohammed  WI        537      18.86    704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts        Avge  Highest Rating

 11        (+7)      A. Khaka           SA        534*     30.69   540 v Ind at Leicester 2017

 16=      (+5)      A. Shrubsole     Eng      507*     27.47   539 v Pak at Taunton 2016

            (+4)      Megan Schutt    Aus      507*     25.58   529 v SL at Dambulla 2016

 18        (+9)      Kristen Beams   Aus      500*!    21.94   500 v SA at Taunton 2017

 27        (+32)     Alex Hartley      Eng      435*!    19.20   435 v WI at Bristol 2017

 29        (+12)     S. Weerakkody SL        428      35.38   448 v WI at Derby 2017

 30        (+10)     H. Huddleston   NZ        398*     19.94   417 v WI at Taunton 2017

 34=      (+4)      Heather Knight  Eng      391*     22.09   405 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2016

            (+20)     Poonam Yadav Ind        391*     19.03   400 v Aus at Bristol 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1       (+1)      Ellyse Perry      Aus      416      446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2       (-1)       S. Taylor           WI        376      559 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   3       ( - )       M. Kapp           SA        288      328 v Ire at Potchefstroom 2017

   4       (+2)      D. van Niekerk  SA        286      298 v SL at Taunton 2017

   5       ( - )       A.Satterthwaite  NZ        266/*    294 v WI at Taunton 2017

 

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