Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes. Image-Twitter

England pacer Chris Woakes has attained the third spot in ICC’s latest ODI bowlers rankings after taking 6 wickets in two ODIs versus Sri Lanka in the recently concluded ODI series.

The seamer rocked the Sri Lankan batting line-up with a superb display of bowling, especially with the new ball; he returned with figures of 4/18 in Chester-le-Street and then 2/28 in Bristol, while he was rested for the second ODI in London.

Chris Woakes jumped four positions to slot in behind number 1 ICC ODI bowler Trent Boult and second-placed Mehidy Hasan. His previous best in the bowlers’ category was the No. 4 spot, which he reached in September 2020.

Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes. Image Credit: Reuters

He also moved up one place in the all-rounder rankings displacing compatriot Ben Stokes. The ODI all-rounders’ list is led by Shakib Al Hasan, followed by Mohammad Nabi.

Chris Woakes’ teammate pacers David Willey and Tom Curran also gained positions in the ODI bowlers after they, too, were impressive against Sri Lanka. Willey, the Man of the Series for his 9 wickets from three games moved up 13 places to the 37th spot, and Curran, who picked a four-for in the third ODI, jumped 20 places to the 68th position.

Among batsmen, Joe Root moved up two places to the 13th position as he guided England home in two-run chases with two unbeaten scores of 79* and 68*. Skipper Eoin Morgan ascended from 26th to 25th spot following his 75* in the second ODI win.

For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera climbed one place to 41st  after scoring 82 runs in the series while Dhananjaya de Silva moved up 10 placed to reach 74th rank. Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga also increased their position and are seated at the joint-98th.

Changes in men’s T20I rankings after South Africa-West Indies series:

Quinton de Kock, South Africa
Quinton de Kock. Image-Twitter.
In the T20I rankings, Quinton de Kock jumped 9 places to No. 13 after scoring 255 runs, which included three fifties, against West Indies, and Aiden Markram broke into the top 20 at the 19th rank. Tabraiz Shamsi solidified his numero uno spot in the T20I bowler rankings with the Man of the Series show – 7 wickets at an economy of just 4.00.
For West Indies, Evin Lewis moved up from 10th to 9th among batters after scoring 178 runs at 35.60. Dwayne Bravo, the leading wicket-taker of the series with 10 scalps, climbed significantly from No. 95 to No. 44 among bowlers.