England players gain in rankings after T20I series win over New Zealand
England opener Tammy Beaumont has entered the top 20 of the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings after topping the run aggregate against New Zealand and helping sweep the series 3-0.
Beaumont’s 102 runs, which included a knock of 63 in the second match, won her the player of the series award while helping her gain four slots in the rankings. The surge in the T20I rankings comes on the back of a sterling performance in the preceding ODI series which helped her top the rankings for the first time and won her the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for February.
Her team-mate Fran Wilson was another one to move up the rankings for batters, from 87th to 71st position, while leg-spinner Sarah Glenn and the pace bowling pair of Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver also made notable gains in the latest weekly rankings update for women.
Glenn’s five wickets in the series see her gain six slots to reach a career-best third position while Brunt (up two places to 10th) and Sciver (up five places to 23rd) have advanced after finishing with four and five wickets, respectively. Seam bowler Freya David’s five wickets, which included a haul of four for 23 in the second match, see her jump 25 places to 64th position.
For New Zealand, Amy Satterthwaite’s 76 runs in the series see her advance eight places to 27th position while all-rounder Amelia Kerr has gained 19 slots to reach 80th position. In the bowling list, Rosemary Mair has gained 22 slots to reach 53rd position.
In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, updated after the first match between India and South Africa in Lucknow, fast bowler Shabnim Ismail’s player of the match effort of three for 28 has lifted her two places to second position in the list led by left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen of Australia. Ayabonga Khaka has gained three places to reach 10th position in what is another gain for a South Africa fast bowler.
Openers Laura Wolvaardt (up one place to sixth) and Lizelle Lee (up three places to eighth) have reaped rewards for their half-centuries while India vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has gained one place to reach 17th position after her knock of 40. India captain Mithali Raj, a formerly top-ranked batter, has gained four points after notching a half-century but remains in joint-ninth position.