Australia players continue their rise in the latest ICC Rankings

The Australian opening batter Beth Mooney toppled the Australian vice-captain Tahlia McGrath to claim the top spot in the ICC T20I batting rankings courtesy of her impressive performances. Australia is currently hosting South Africa for an all-format series that includes a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series and then a one-off Test match.

Beth Mooney. PC: Getty
Beth Mooney. PC: Getty

ODI Batting Rankings

The Australian opening batter Beth Mooney was the leading run-scorer of the T20I series with 167 runs to her name at a strike rate of 134.67 and a humongous average of 83.50 in 3 innings. Her best performance with the bat came on 30th January 2024 in the 3rd T20I when she scored 82 runs at an impressive strike rate of 149.09. She also scored an unbeaten half-century (52 off 34 balls) in the 1st ODI. She has earned a rise as she has climbed up one spot to the 3rd position in the ICC ODI batting rankings with 723 points to her name.

The 34-year-old star South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp was the lone warrior for South Africa with the bat in the 1st ODI against Australia as she scored an unbeaten half-century before retiring hurt. Courtesy of her brave effort with the bat she climbed up a couple of spots to the 8th position in the batting rankings.

ODI Bowling Rankings

The star Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner had a good time with the ball in the 1st ODI as she refrained the batters from scoring freely against her conceding just over 2 runs an over in her five-over spell that included a maiden and picked up the wicket of Chloe Tryon. As a result of her impressive spell against South Africa in the 1st ODI, she climbed up a couple of spots to the 4th position with 648 points in the bowling rankings. The Australian pace bowling all-rounder Kim Garth returned with exceptional match figures (2/18) in her spell of 6 overs. Her victims included Anneke Bosch and Nonkululeko Mlaba. She climbed up four spots to equal the 38th position alongside the West Indian spinner Afy Fletcher with 405 points. She was awarded the Player of the Match for her brilliant spell.

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ODI All-rounder Rankings

The veteran Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry had a good game with the ball as she returned with exceptional match figures (2-1-8-1) in her spell and picked up the wicket of the opening batter Tazmin Brits in the 1st ODI against South Africa. She also guided Australia over the line alongside Beth Mooney in a relatively comfortable run chase to seal the 1st ODI by 8 wickets. She climbed up one spot to equal the 8th position in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings. The 24-year-old young pace bowling all-rounder Nadine de Klerk scored 18 runs with the bat and returned with match figures (4-0-19-1) in her spell with the ball and picked up the big wicket of Alyssa Healy. She climbed three spots to the 25th position in the ODI all-rounder rankings. The spin bowling all-rounder Georgia Wareham climbed up one spot to the 11th position in the ODI all-rounder rankings.

T20I Batting Rankings

The Ireland women led by skipper Laura Delany completed a thumping whitewash in the five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe. The 21-year-old Ireland all-rounder had a great series with the bat as well as with the ball. She scored 183 runs at an impressive strike rate of 152.50 in 5 innings. She was the 2nd highest run-scorer with the bat in the series. Apart from her exploits with the bat, she also picked up 4 wickets with the ball in 2 innings. Courtesy of her impressive all-round performances, she climbed up 8 spots to the 38th position with 511 points in the T20I batting rankings. She also climbed four spots to the 15th position with 194 points in the T20I all-rounder rankings. As far as Zimbabwe is concerned, the 18-year-old young spin-bowling all-rounder was the standout performer with the bat as well as with the ball for the home side. She was the fourth-highest run-scorer and the highest run-scorer for Zimbabwe in the T20I series with 157 runs at a strike rate of 109.79 in 5 innings with the bat and was the fourth-highest and the highest wicket-taker with the ball for Zimbabwe with 4 wickets to her name in 5 innings. Courtesy of her impressive all-round show, she earned a massive rise as she climbed up 13 spots to the 46th position with 460 points in the ICC Women’s T20I batting rankings. She also climbed 6 spots to the 11th position with 214 points in the T20I all-rounder rankings.

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Skipper Laura Delany also had a great series as she was the leading wicket-taker of the series with 8 wickets to her name in 5 innings. She earned a big rise as she climbed up 8 spots to 48th position with 495 points in the Women’s T20I rankings. Suzie Bates, Chamari Athapaththu, and Ashleigh Gardner climbed up one spot to 6th, 7th, and 11th respectively in the T20I batting rankings. Harshita Madavi and Nigar Sultana climbed up a couple of spots to 18th and 19th position respectively in the T20I batting rankings.

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