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Cricket - 17. July 2017.

Ellyse Perry moves up to career-best rankings

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

Australia’s Ellyse Perry has gained three places to reach a career-best third position among batters in the latestáMRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankingsáwhich 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 11tháposition 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 16thárank 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 10tháslot while Tommy Beaumont has gained 13 places to reach a career-best 16tháposition after leading the run-scorers list with 372 from seven matches so far. Anya Shrubsole’s upward movement of five slots to reach 16thárank is the most significant among its bowlers.

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 24tháposition among batters while Holly Huddleston has gained 10 places to reach 30tháamong 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-11thrank while pace bowler Sripali Weerakkody has moved up 12 places to 29thárank.

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

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 106thárank was a bright spot.

As for theáMRF 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 Rankingsá(as on 16 July 2017, after the league phase of the ICC Women’s World Cup)

Batters (top 10)

Rankááá (+/-)ááááá Playeráááááááááááááá Teamáááá Ptsááááá Avgeááá áHighest Rating

áá 1 ááááá ( - )áááááá Meg Lanningáááá Ausááááá 779ááááá 55.53ááá 834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

áá 2 ááááá ( - )áááááá Mithali Rajáááááááá Indááááááá 774ááááá 52.00ááá 839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

áá 3 ááááá (+3)ááááá Ellyse Perryááááá Ausááááá 749!áááá 51.47ááá 749 v SA at Taunton 2017

áá 4 ááááá (-1)áááááá A.Satterthwaiteá NZááááááá 720ááááá 38.63ááá 756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

áá 5 ááááá (-1)áááááá Suzie Batesáááááá NZááááááá 703ááááá 42.43ááá 775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

áá 6 ááááá (+4)ááááá Lizelle Leeáááááááá SAááááááá 645ááááá 31.25ááá 687 v Ind at Leicester 2017

áá 7 ááááá (+7)ááááá Natalie Sciverááá Engááááá 624*áááá 46.08ááá 642 v NZ at Derby 2017

áá 8 ááááá (-1)áááááá Alex Blackwelláá Ausááááá 620 áááá 35.00ááá 683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

áá 9 ááááá (-4)áááááá Stafanie Taylorá WIááááááá 602 áááá 42.97ááá 765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

á 10 ááááá (+1)ááááá Heather Knightá Engááááá 569 áááá 35.12ááá 588 v SA at Bristol 2017

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