Tammy Beaumont replaces Meg Lanning at the top in ODI batting rankings
Tammy Beaumont in action against New Zealand © Getty Images
England opener Tammy Beaumont is the new number one ranked batter in the latest ICC ODI player rankings, ICC announced on Tuesday (March 2). This is the first time she has topped the ICC ranking tables for ODI batters.
29-year-old Beaumont moved five places up to usurp Meg Lanning from the pole position in the latest ranking updates. She was named the Player of the Series in the recently concluded ODI series against the hosts New Zealand after scoring 231 runs with three consecutive fifties – 71, 72* and 88*- in the three matches. During the series she became the sixth England player to cross 2500 runs in ODIs.
Allrounder Natalie Sciver moved to number ten in the ranking with a match-winning performance in the second ODI of the series. Sciver also made it to her career-best bowling ranking of 22 with five wickets in the series, she is also fifth in the list of allrounders. England skipper Heather Knight is currently at number 13 in the batting ranking after moving three slots up.
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Among the England bowlers, Katherine Brunt at number nine is the top-ranked player with left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone ranking 14th and Sarah Glenn at 44. Australia’s Jess Jonassen continues to be top ranked bowler in the rankings with Megan Schutt, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail following her.
From the New Zealand squad, Amelia Kerr has reached a bowling ranking of 11 and batting ranking of 47 after her allround performances in the final ODI saw New Zealand win their first ODI in last twelve attempts. Brooke Halliday, who played couple of impressive fifties on her maiden international call-up, has debuted at number 59 in the ranking. Pace bowler Hannah Rowe made some gain to move to 43 among the bowlers.