South Africa opener Lizelle Lee’s exploits in the opening match of the Women’s ODI series against the West Indies have led to her becoming the no.1 batter in the latest update of the ICC Women’s ODI batting rankings. She joins India’s veteran Mithali Raj at the top spot.
Lee scored a brilliant 91* against the West Indies women’s team in the first ODI as the South African women chased down the 154-run target down in around 40 overs.
This is the third time, the 29-year-old from Ermelo has reached the top of the Women’s ODI batting rankings. Lee first seized the top position in June 2018 and again reached the summit in March this year, scored 18 runs in the second match. This innings also counted towards this week’s rankings update.
She is now tied with India captain Mithali Raj at 762 rating points, with Australia’s Alyssa Healy six points behind in third place.
Captain Dane van Niekerk has also made notable gains, advancing one spot to reach 25th position among batters and six places to 19th among bowlers after finishing with two wickets each in the first two matches of the series, which the South African women have won by margins of eight and nine wickets.
10th ranked batter Laura Wolvaardt inches four points closer to India’s Smriti Mandhana, who sits at the 9th spot in the rankings.
England’s Sarah Glenn Has Moved Up A Slot To Second Position In ICC Women’s T20I Bowling Rankings
Apart from the Women’s ODI Players’ rankings, the ICC also gave out an update on the ICC Women’s T20I rankings. In the ICC Women’s T20I bowlers’ rankings, England’s Sarah Glenn has moved up a slot to second position while New Zealand off-spinner Leigh Kasperek moved up seven places to 15th.
The MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings took into account performances in the last match of the England- New Zealand series and 13 matches of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier.
Zimbabwe’s Modester Mupachikwa has entered the top 20 for batters, gaining 10 slots for her 133 runs in four innings. The batting rankings are still topped by India’s Shafali Verma.
— ICC (@ICC) September 14, 2021