Australia vice-captain, Alex Blackwell, has risen two places in the Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for batters to now occupy fourth place after her side won the recent Rose Bowl series over New Zealand in Sydney.
Blackwell becomes the highest ranked Australian batter in the rankings which are still headed by India’s Mithali Raj with ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor in second place.
Joining Blackwell in the top 10 is Leah Poulton, who now occupies ninth spot in the batter rankings. This is the highest ranking to date of the 27-year-old right-hander from Newcastle, New South Wales and she earns her rankings after finishing 61 not out against New Zealand in the only completed ODI of the three-match Rose Bowl series.
Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthaleker has maintained her eighth ranking, while New Zealand’s Sara McGlashan has slipped one place to now occupy 10th spot after the first two games of the three-match series were rained off.
Outside of the top 10, New Zealand’s 25-year-old left-handed batter, Amy Satterthwaite has now risen two places to occupy 16th position in the global rankings.
In the Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for bowlers, India captain Jhulan Goswami is still in top spot with a 10-ratings point lead on Sthalekar. The Australia all-rounder managed only one wicket in the final ODI which meant she never made any impact on the leader.
Meanwhile, Sthalekar’s team-mate – fast bowler Ellyse Perry – has jumped four places to now sit in seventh in the global rankings. The 21-year-old claimed 3-16 against New Zealand to earn herself the rise in the rankings, while team-mate Sarah Coyte has gained her highest ranking to date, 22nd place.
New Zealand’s Sian Ruck has slipped two places to now sit 27th while Australia’s Julie Hunter has re-entered the rankings in 38th place after the 27-year-old medium pacer claimed 3-31 in Australia’s crushing nine-wicket victory over the White Ferns.
The Women’s ICC ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders, the table is still topped by West Indies’ Taylor, with Sthalekar in second, while Perry has risen one place to now sit sixth in the table.