SHRUBSOLE MOVES TO CAREER-BEST SEVENTH POSITION

  • Harmanpreet Kaur also breaks into the top 10 following stellar batting performances
  • Wolvaardt, Krishnamurthy, Villani, Khaka and Poonam also on the rise

England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole has broken into the top 10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for the first time in her career after playing a star role in the knockout phase of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 which culminated with her side’s nine runs victory over India in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.

Shrubsole has moved up nine slots to a career-best seventh position after her player of the match effort of six for 46 in a thrilling final before a packed to capacity crowd. Shrubsole had also picked one for 33 in the semi-final against South Africa, which her team won by two wickets.

Other England bowlers too had much to cheer about in the latest rankings, which took into account the semi-finals and final of the eight-team tournament played across five venues in the United Kingdom. Laura Marsh has gained one place to move to 19th position, while Jerry Gunn has moved up two places to 20th spot.

Among the England batters, Sarah Taylor has progressed three positions to 12th rank after notching up 54 in the semi-final and 45 in the final. Taylor, who was chosen as the wicket-keeper in the team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 announced on Monday, aggregated 396 runs to finish fourth in the list of run-scorers in the tournament.

For India, Harmanpreet Kaur’s swashbuckling 171 not out helped India defeat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final and she followed that with a fighting 51 in the final against England. These performances are well rewarded in the latest rankings as she has moved up seven slots to sixth position.

She is now the second India batter to feature in the top after Mithali Raj, who is ranked second – 10 points behind Australia captain Meg Lanning. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is third, trailing Raj by 12 points.

Apart from Kaur, Poonam Raut has gained five slots to reach 14th position after scores of 86 and 14 in the final and semi-final respectively, while Veda Krishnamurthy has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 26th position following scores of 35 in the final and 16 not out in the semi-final.

Among bowlers, world’s leading ODI wicket-taker Jhulan Goswami has gained four slots to reach second position and within four points of South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp after figures of 3 for 23 in the final and two for 35 in the semi-final.

Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey (up one place to 12th) and leg-spinner Poonam (up six places to a career-best 28th) are other India bowlers to move up.

South Africa players have made significant gains with Mignon du Preez’s 76 not out against England lifting her six places to a career-best 11th position and opener Laura Walovaardt has gained three positions to reach a career-best 19th rank.

Among the South Africa bowlers, Ayabonga Khaka has moved up five places to a career-best sixth position and leg-spinner Sune Luus has moved up one place to 22nd in the list.

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 retaining top spot at 128 points. England has gained one point to reach 125 in second position, while New Zealand and India remain on 118 and 113 points, respectively. The West Indies (105), South Africa (93), Pakistan (73) and Sri Lanka (67) follow.

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings (as on 25 July 2017, after the ICC Women’s World Cup)

Rank    Team               Points

1          Australia           128

2          England            125

3          New Zealand     118

4          India                 113

5          West Indies       105

6          South Africa      93

7          Pakistan           73

8          Sri Lanka          67

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Rankings (as on 25 July 2017, after the ICC Women’s World Cup)

Batters (top 10)

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

   1       ( – )       Meg Lanning     Aus      763      54.52    834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2       ( – )       Mithali Raj         Ind       753      51.58    839 v Aus at Baroda 2004

   3       ( – )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      741      51.17    749 v SA at Taunton 2017

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

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

   6       (+7)      H. Kaur              Ind      677      36.81    679 v SA at Bangalore 2014

   7       (+1)      Alex Blackwell   Aus      667      35.57    683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

   8       (-1)       Natalie Sciver    Eng      631*     44.66   642 v NZ at Derby 2017

   9       (-3)       Lizelle Lee        SA        625      30.82    687 v Ind at Leicester 2017

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

Other selected rankings

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

  11      (+6)      M. du Preez        SA      578!     32.94   578 v Eng at Bristol 2017

  12      (+3)      Sarah Taylor       Eng    573       40.63   803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

  14      (+5)      Poonam Raut      Ind     556!     32.64   556 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

  19      (+3)      L. Wolvaardt       SA      523*!   48.05   523 v Eng at Bristol 2017

  21      (+2)      D. van Niekerk    SA      491      31.43   547 v Ind at Colombo (PSS) 2017

  26      (+7)      V. Krishnamurthy Ind     466*!   27.12   466 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

  36      (+14)    Elyse Villani         Aus    402*!   23.39   402 v Ind at Derby 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

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

   1       ( – )       M. Kapp            SA        656      24.92    689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017

   2       (+4)      J. Goswami       Ind       652      21.95    796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   3       (-1)       Jess Jonassen  Aus      637      23.42    658 v SA at Taunton 2017

   4       (-1)       Stafanie Taylor  WI        625      19.51    768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   5       (-1)       K. Brunt            Eng      603      23.01    796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

   6       (+5)      A. Khaka           SA        578*!   29.95    578 v Eng at Bristol 2017

   7       (+9)      A. Shrubsole     Eng      576!     25.58    576 v Ind at Lord’s 2017

   8       (-3)       D. van Niekerk  SA        573      17.66    591 v SL at Taunton 2017

   9       (-1)       Shibnam Ismail SA        565      20.27    641 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016

  10      (-1)       Ellyse Perry      Aus      557      25.30    698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

Other selected rankings

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

12        (+1)      S. Pandey         Ind       550*    19.46   566 v Aus at Derby 2017

19        (+1)      Laura Marsh     Eng      490      26.63   711 v Aus at Perth 2011

20        (+2)      Jenny Gunn      Eng      489      28.19   693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014

28        (+6)      Poonam            Ind       444*!   20.21   444 v Eng at Lord’s 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

   1       ( – )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      413      446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2       ( – )       Stafanie Taylor  WI        376      559 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   3       (+1)      D. van Niekerk  SA        281      298 v SL at Taunton 2017

   4       (-1)       M. Kapp            SA        272      328 v Ire at Potchefstroom 2017

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