Australia star Ellyse Perry has leapfrogged India skipper Mithali Raj to become world’s top-ranked ODI batswoman in the latest update to the International Cricket Council’s women’s one-day player rankings.
Perry, who recently won the Belinda Clark Award, moved to the number 1 position on the batting charts for the first time in her career. The Australia allrounder has shown remarkable consistency with the bat in the last few years. She has scored 23 half-centuries in her last 35 one-day innings since the start of 2014, with her average now sitting at 50.27.
Mithali slipped two places to third after a poor outing in the recently-concluded series against South Africa. She scored 45, 20 and 4 in the series. As a result, she is now behind Perry and Australia captain Meg Lanning in the list. The India batswoman’s form, however, did not hurt her team much as the Women in Blue won the series 2-1.
In other updates, in-form Smriti Mandhana has jumped 14 places to the 21st position. The opening batswoman had a very impressive series against South Africa that saw her score 219 runs across three ODIs. South Africa’s Mignon du Preez climbed two spots to the 12th position after scoring 90 in the seres while Dan van Niekerk has jumped three spots to the 20th position.
In bowling, South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp has retained the top spot, maintaining a ten-point lead. India’s veteran Jhulan Goswami, who recently became the first female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets, is at second position.
In allrounders’ list, there has been no change in the top three. Perry is heading the list and is followed by Stafanie Taylor and van Niekerk.
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