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Pollard, Narine move up in rankings
Dubai—Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard have made gains in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings despite Australia’s 5-0 series win over West Indies on Sunday.
Pollard has moved four places up to 29th in the batting while Narine has moved up a place to third to reclaim his career-best placing thus far. Narine has also achieved a personal best-ever 740 ratings points in this series against Australia. The bowlers’ table is still headed by Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, with Mohammad Hafeez in second place.
Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as on yesterday after Australia-West Indies ODI series)
Rank Team Rating
1 India 119
2 England 119
3 Australia 116
4 South Africa 112
5 Sri Lanka 110
6 Pakistan 107
7 West Indies 84
8 New Zealand 79
9 Bangladesh 78
10 Zimbabwe 50
11 Ireland 35
12 Netherlands 16
13 Kenya 11
Also making an upward movement in the latest bowling rankings is Darren Sammy in 29th (up by four).
Shane Watson and Clint McKay have also made major gains.
Watson has jumped six places to eighth in the batting table, while McKay has broken into the top 10 of the bowlers’ list for the first time ever by moving up seven places to seventh.
Watson ended as the leading run-getter of the series with 198 runs from three games at an average of 66.
The other batsmen to improve their rankings include George Bailey in 21st (up by 27), Andre Russell in 45th (up by two), Brad Haddin in 65th (up by three), Glenn Maxwell in 86th (up by 27) and Johnson Charles in 93rd (up by 43).
Ramnaresh Sarwan in 60th, Shaun Marsh in 70th and Adam Voges in 85th have re-entered the batting table.
The batting chart continues to be headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla, followed by his captain AB de Villiers and India’s Virat Kohli in third place.
McKay’s nine wickets from five games at an average of 21.88 helped him break into the top 10 in seventh spot, while his teammate Mitchell Johnson has jumped five places to 14th.
Player of the series and the highest wicket-taker on either side with 11 wickets at an average of 9.27, Mitchell Starc, has jumped 30 places to 38th.
There is no change in the top 10 of the all-rounders’ list. Hafeez continues to head this table with Shakib Al Hasan and Shane Watson in second and third places respectively.
Meanwhile, Australia’s 5-0 series win over West Indies has helped it gain three ratings points in the latest Reliance ICC ODI Championship Table.
Australia continues to be in third place, but now has 116 ratings points thereby reducing the gap with the number-one ranked India and second-placed England to just three ratings points.
The top half of the ODI table is so closely bunched that just 12 ratings points separates India from sixth-placed Pakistan.
For West Indies, the series loss sees it drop four ratings points to 84 even as it continued to retain seventh place.
The series against West Indies was the last ODI series for Australia before the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be staged from 6 to 23 June in England and Wales.
The tournament opener at the ICC Champions Trophy will feature two former winners when South Africa takes on 2002 champion India in Cardiff on 6 June. The following day, the West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval.
Group A includes defending champion Australia, 2000 winner New Zealand and 2002 champion Sri Lanka, along with host England, which reached the final when it last staged the event in 2004.
Sides in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy are 1998 winner South Africa, 2004 champion West Indies, 2002 winner India, and Pakistan.
The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged at The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June), while Edgbaston will be the venue of the final, to be played on 23 June. (Cricinfo)
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