Lizelle Lee joins Mithali Raj at the top of ICC ODI batting rankings
South Africa opening batter Lizelle Lee has climbed one spot to join India skipper Mithali Raj at the top of the ODI batting rankings in the latest update by the ICC. Lee scored an unbeaten 91 in the first match of the ongoing five-match ODI series against the hosts West Indies. Although she was dismissed for 18 in the second game, the match-winning knock of 91 was enough to earn her rating points of 762 to draw level with Raj.
29-year-old Lee has played 92 ODIs so far scoring 3173 runs at an average of 38.22. In the bowling rankings, South Africa pacer Ayabonga Khaka moved up one spot to number seven ahead of England spearhead Katherine Brunt with 662 rating points. Khaka picked up four wickets in the first two ODIs against West Indies.
South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk – on her comeback to international cricket after a long injury lay-off – has also jumped one spot to become the seventh ranked allrounder in the world. She snared four West Indies wickets in the first two matches while her teammate Marizanne Kapp, who picked up three wickets for 23 in the second ODI, continues to rule the allrounders’ rankings with 419 ratings point.
From the West Indies side, captain Stafanie Taylor dropped down two places in the batting ranking and one spot in the allrounders’ rankings having opted out of the ODI series. England’s Natalie Sciver moved one place to number third place ahead of Taylor in the allrounders’ list.
In T20Is, with her performance in the home series against New Zealand, England leg-spinner Sarah Glenn has moved to number two in the bowling ranking while Leigh Kasperek, leading wicket-taker in the series with six wickets to her name, jumped seven places to move to 15th in the ranking.
Zimbabwe’s Modester Mupachikwa jumped ten batting spots to move to number 20th in the T20 batting ranking while Mary-Anne Musonda is at number 52 after jumping 14 spots with their performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier.
In the ODI bowling rankings, Jess Jonassen continues stay on top of the rankings with teammate Megan Schutt follwing her at the number two spot. Shafali Verma and Sophie Ecclestone continue to top the table in the T20I batting and bowling rankings respectively.