An Australian has dethroned the other as the International Cricket Council (ICC) reveals new rankings. Australian skipper, Meg Lanning with an edge of 3 points has surpassed her teammate Beth Mooney to be seeded at the top of the rankings in the shortest, T20I format.
Meg Lanning who’s enjoying a purple run isn’t failing to make sure it stretches longer as she backed her good run with 113 runs in 2 T20I outings during the recently concluded Tri-series in Northern Ireland that saw unbeaten Australia win the trophy. Australia’s games against Pakistan didn’t have a result due to rain and in contests against Ireland, Meg Lanning scored an excellent 49-ball-74 which was her best on tour with the other being an unbeaten 39 off 33.
Beth Mooney against Ireland started the series well with an unbeaten 45 off 33 balls and a 9 against Ireland in the 2nd outing resulted in Beth Mooney’s slip in the rankings. Her 11*(13) against Pakistan in the rain-affected game ensured no further slip. An exciting prospect, Tahlia McGrath too made a serious surge in the rankings with her stunning form in T20I’s as she’s come up 15 ranks and broken into the top 15 and is seeded on the 13th position.
In the top 10, except for the two Australians swapping rankings at the top, the rest remain the same holding their ranks. Sophie Devine at 3, Smriti Mandhana at 4, Shafali Verma at 5, Chamari Athapaththu at 6, Alyssa Healy at 7 followed by Suzie Bates, Stafanie Taylor, and Nat Sciver at 8, 9 and 10 respectively.
A lot of positives for the champion side Australia before the upcoming Commonwealth Games that get underway on 29th as in the race to be seeded number 1, the healthy tussle between the two Australians could well see Australia win more with both tuff competitors trying to get one better than the other.