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ICC issues Women’s Team and players ranking

Meg Lanning        AusLahore: The ICC Women’s Championship has a clear leader in world champion Australia after an exciting month of one-day cricket, which featured seven of the eight sides in the competition.

Australia, which will be aiming for its fourth straight ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title in India later this month, entered the latest round of matches as Championship co-leaders with the West Indies.

But two series wins against India and New Zealand has helped it to break-away from the Caribbean side, which is now trailing by four points.

Australia beat India and New Zealand by an identical 2-1 margin to earn eight out of a possible 12 points on offer. Meg Lannings’s side came from a match down to beat New Zealand and retain the Rose bowl title for the 14th time.

Australia now has two rounds of matches remaining, which will be again South Africa and Sri Lanka.

West Indies, meanwhile, has secured second position with a 2-1 win over South Africa. The Caribbean side’s remaining two series are against fifth-placed India and sixth-placed England.

The Proteas hold on to fourth spot in the Championship table despite losing both outings against England and the West Indies.

The significance of the ICC Women’s Championship lies in the fact that it is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup July 2017. The top four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship will obtain automatic qualification for the event proper to be staged in England, while the bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier earlier in 2017.

Leader Australia seems certain to make the cut for qualification, along with the West Indies. The bottom two sides Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in contrast, will have to run a very tough race if they want to move back in contention. In the middle of the table, New Zealand, South Africa, England and India are neck and neck in a battle for the other two World Cup qualification spots.

Sixth-placed England has three games in hand, giving it the upper hand as well as a very strong chance to finish inside the top four. England’s next three rounds will feature contests against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies.

India, meanwhile, was impressive against Australia, pulling one game back against the top-ranked side in an away series. This was followed by a three-nil series win against Sri Lanka at home, allowing the Asian team to move up the rankings from seventh to fifth. Nevertheless, Mithali Raj’s side is still not assured of a World Cup qualification.

India will need to win both its final two rounds against the West Indies and Pakistan to put pressure on the other leading contenders.

Individual player performances have been in keeping with team performances, as Australia’s Meg Lanning leads the run-scorers table with 920 runs, including four centuries and four half-tons. Lanning has played in all of Australia’s 15 matches so far, and averages an impressive 70.

Suzie Bates of New Zealand is third with 686 runs, while Chamari Atapattu is Sri Lanka’s best performer in sixth place with 493 runs. India’s teenager Smriti Mandhana is her sides leading run-getter with 438 runs in 13 matches.

Australia’s spinner Jess Jonassen is the leading wicket-taker in the championship to date with an impressive haul of 25 wickets at an average of 17.

Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies, Shabnim Ismail of South Africa and Heather Knight are not far behind with 24, 22 and 20 wickets, respectively.

Australia’s dominance in the ICC Women’s Championship is also reflected in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Women’s Player rankings, with Australian captain Meg Lanning holding on to her number-one spot in the women’s batting rankings.

Bates has retained her second position, while India captain Mithali Raj is in third. West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor is in fifth, while England captain Charlotte Edwards is in seventh. South African Trisha Chetty and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin have both edged their way into the top 10. This is a career-best ranking for Chetty, who has scored an impressive 482 runs in the championship to date.

A look at some selected rankings shows South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp has moved up two spots to 23rd, Jessica Cameron and Smriti Mandhana have gained one spot each to rise to 21 and 22 respectively. Shemaine Campbelle of the West Indies has had an impressive eight spots jump to land at 38th.

Amongst the bowlers, India’s Jhulan Goswami has held her number-one position. Katherine Brunt of England has moved up two spots to third, Ellyse Perry is up a place to fifth, while West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor has dropped three positions moving to sixth.

Marizanne Kapp who has taken 16 wickets in the Championship to date, has moved up three spots to 14th, while Hayley Matthews of the West Indies, who has 15 Championship wickets so far, has been rewarded with a six-spot jump to 41st.

The ICC Women’s Championship is back in action in June when Pakistan will travel to England and South Africa will host New Zealand.

Following is the schedule of forthcoming matches in ICC Women’s Championship:

England vs Pakistan

20 June  – 1st ODI, Grace Road, Leicester

22 June – 2nd ODI, County Ground, Derby 

27 June – 3rd ODI, County Ground, Derby 

 

South Africa vs New Zealand

8 Oct – 1st ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

11 Oct – 2nd ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

13 Oct – 3rd ODI, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley

 

ICC Women’s Championship 2014 – 2016
Teams P W L Tie N/R Points NRR
Australia 15 12 3 0 0 24 +0.745
West Indies 15 10 5 0 0 20 +0.497
New Zealand 15 8 7 0 0 16 +0.232
South Africa 15 7 7 0 1 15 -0.069
India 15 6 8 0 1 13 +0.008
England 12 6 5 0 1 13 -0.022
Pakistan 12 4 8 0 0 8 -0.386
Sri Lanka 15 2 12 0 1 5 -1.152

 

Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result

 

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings (as on 3 March):  

 

Batting

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player              Team          Pts          Avge      Highest Ranking

 

1           ( – )          Meg Lanning        Aus         834!       50.57     834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

2           ( – )          Suzie Bates           NZ          775!       40.50     775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

3           ( – )          Mithali Raj           Ind          722         49.54     839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

4           ( – )          Ellyse Perry           Aus         717         42.48     725 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

5           ( – )          Stafanie Taylor    WI          690         45.63     765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

6           ( – )          Sarah Taylor        Eng         680         39.76     803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

7           ( – )          C Edwards            Eng         679         38.16     749 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

8           ( – )          Alex Blackwell     Aus         663         34.71     683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

9           ( – )          H Kaur                   Ind          630         35.57     678 v SA at Bangalore 2014

10=       (+2)         Trisha Chetty       SA           583!       31.63     583 v WI at East London 2016

(+1)          Deandra Dottin    WI          583        28.28     650 v NZ at Kingston 2013

 

Selected Others:

 

Rank     (+/-)       Player                 Team      Points     Ave      Highest Ranking

19=       ( – )          M du Preez            SA           507         31.00     540 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013

(+1)         C Jayangani         SL           507         30.39     581 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

21         (+1)         J Cameron            Aus         492         37.20     660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014

22         (+1)         S Mandhana        Ind          490*      32.25     507 v SL at Ranchi 2016

23         (+2)         Marizanne Kapp SA           484         29.67     539 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2014

32         (+1)         P Weerakkody     SL           38*!       18.95     388 v Ind at Ranchi 2016

33         (+1)         E Kaushalya         SL           375         15.58     482 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

34         (+1)         Natalie Sciver       Eng         372*      34.20     428 v Aus at Taunton 2015

35         (+1)         Rumana Ahmed  Ban        368*      26.56     384 v Pak at Karachi 2015

36         (-4)          Kycia Knight        WI          367*      19.51     404 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2015

37         ( – )          Hayley Matthews                WI          362*      28.00     391 v SA at East London 2016

38         (+8)         S Campbelle         WI          356        19.75     403 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014

 

Bowling

 

Rank     (+/-)      Player                 Team     Points      Ave        Econ      Highest Ranking

1            ( – )          Jhulan Goswami  Ind          730         21.78     3.18       796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

2            ( – )          A Mohammed     WI          638         17.99     3.26       704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

3            (+2)         Katherine Brunt   Eng         635         23.82     3.38       796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

4            ( – )          Shibnam Ismail   SA           615         19.27     3.53       641 v Eng at Johannesburg 2016

5            (+1)         Ellyse Perry           Aus         609         24.53     4.32       698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

6            (-3)          Stafanie Taylor    WI          606         18.72     3.10       768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

7            ( – )          Jenny Gunn          Eng         577         27.80     3.78       693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014

8            ( – )          D van Niekerk      SA           564*      17.23     3.35       583 v Ind at Bangalore 2014

9            ( – )          Sana Mir               Pak         550         25.10     3.46       610 v SA at Sharjah 2015

10          ( – )          Jess Jonassen        Aus         537*!    21.23     4.26       537 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

 

Selected Others:

 

Rank     (+/-)      Player                 Team     Points      Ave        Econ      Highest Ranking

11          ( – )          Morna Nielsen      NZ          532*      26.88     3.68       546 v Ind at Bangalore 2015

12          ( – )          Megan Schutt       Aus         521*      22.21     4.33       526 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

13          ( – )          Danielle Hazell     Eng         517*      33.07     3.88       545 v NZ at Lincoln 2015

14          (+3)         Marizanne Kapp SA           515*      26.30     3.70       533 v Ind at Bangalore 2014

15          ( – )          Sarah Coyte         Aus         507*      22.27     4.14       509 v Eng at Worcester 2015

18          ( – )          R Gayakwad        Ind          491*      18.53     3.11       493 v SL at Ranchi 2016

31          (+1)         Rene Farrell          Aus         378*      31.42     4.02       456 v Eng at Perth 2011

41          (+6)         Hayley Matthews                WI          324*!    21.89     3.90       324 v SA at East London 2016

 

All-rounders

 

Rank    (+/-)       Player                  Team     Points     Highest Ranking

 

1           (+1)         Ellyse Perry           Aus         437        446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

2           (-1)          Stafanie Taylor    WI          418        560 v NZ at Kingston 2013

3           ( – )          Suzie Bates           NZ          336!       336 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

4           ( – )          Jhulan Goswami  Ind          288        308 v Aus at Canberra 2016

5           ( – )          Dane V Niekerk   SA           268 /*   284 v Eng at Centurion 2016

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