September 26, 2020

Balbirnie, Stirling advance after centuries in final ODI

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Ireland batsmen Andy Balbirnie and Paul Stirling have advanced in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings after figuring in a record 214-run partnership that helped win the final match of their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series against England in Southampton on Tuesday.

Captain Balbirnie’s innings of 113 in the final match and an aggregate of 131 runs helped him move up four places to 42nd position while his deputy Stirling’s score of 142 and a total of 156 runs lifted him one slot to 26th in the list led by India skipper Virat Kohli.

Rookie Curtis Campher’s impressive first series, which saw him score half-centuries both times he batted, has helped him make a noteworthy entry into the batsmen’s list in 191st position, and the Ireland bowlers too registered upward movement in the latest rankings update.

Fast bowler Craig Young’s six wickets in the series have lifted him 40 places to a career-best 89th position while Mark Adair (up six places to 138th) and Joshua Little (up 38 places to 146th) are the others to move up after the series, which ended 2-1 in England’s favour.

England captain Eoin Morgan, another centurion from Tuesday’s match, has gained one place and is 22nd while Jonny Bairstow has moved up a slot to 13th position, thanks to his knock of 82 in the second match. Sam Billings has re-entered the rankings at 146nd position after aggregating 132 runs.

Among their bowlers, leg-spinner Adil Rashid has advanced from 29th to 25th with five wickets in the series, while left-arm fast bowler David Willey’s eight wickets, including a haul of five for 30 in the opening match, not only won him the player of the series award but has also lifted him six places to 51st position.

England’s series win got them 20 points in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, which sees 13 teams vie for direct qualifying places in the next ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023. Ireland are on 10 points.

India and seven other teams will make it directly from the league with the remaining two getting a second chance through a Qualifier.

ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 5 August 2020, after the England-Ireland series):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank         (+/-)Player      Team  Pts      Avge  Highest Rating
1( – )Virat KohliIndia87159.33909 v Eng at Headingley 2018
2( – )Rohit SharmaIndia85549.27882 v SL at Headingley 2019
3( – )Babar AzamPak82954.17844 v NZ at Wellington 2018
4( – )Ross TaylorNZ81848.44836 v India at Auckland 2020
5( – )Faf du PlessisSA79047.47814 v Aus at Old Trafford 2019
6( – )David WarnerAus78945.80868 v Pak at Adelaide 2017
7(+1)Aaron FinchAus76741.02791 v Eng at Lord’s 2019
8(+1)K WilliamsonNZ76547.48792 v SA at Centurion 2015
9(-2)Joe RootEng75951.05816 v SL at Dambulla 2018
10( – )Q de KockSA75544.65809 v SL at Durban 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank         (+/-)Player      Team  Pts      Avge  Highest Rating
13(+1)Jonny BairstowEng73046.32769 v Aus at Durham 2018
22(+1)Eoin MorganEng67039.73712 v Afg at Old Trafford 2019
26(+1)Paul StirlingIre64737.19689 v Pak at Dublin 2013
42=(+4)A BalbirnieIre56432.39565 v Zim at Bready 2019
146=(RE)Sam BillingsEng311*31.00343 v WI at Antigua 2017
191(NEW)Curtis CampherIre264*127.00288 v Eng at Southampton 2020

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank         (+/-)Player      Team  Pts      Avge  EcoHighest Rating
1( – )Trent BoultNZ72225.295.03768 v WI at Old Trafford 2019
2( – )J BumrahIndia71924.434.55838 v WI at Thiruvananthapur 2018
3( – )M Ur RahmanAfg701*!22.443.94701 v WI at Lucknow 2019
4( – )Pat CumminsAus68927.555.16725 v SL at The Oval 2019
5( – )Kagiso RabadaSA66527.344.99718 v Eng at Lord’s 2017
6(+1)M AmirPak657!29.624.85657 v SL at Karachi 2019
7(-1)Chris WoakesEng65030.655.57666 v SA at Cape Town 2020
8( – )Matt HenryNZ64126.485.40664 v Aus at Hamilton 2016
9( – )Rashid KhanAfg63018.544.16799 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018
10=( – )Mitchell StarcAus62822.225.10781 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
 ( – )L FergusonNZ62825.785.45667 v WI at Old Trafford 2019

Other selected rankings

Rank         (+/-)Player      Team  Pts      Avge  EcoHighest Rating
25=(+4)Adil RashidEng57531.255.55674 v India at Headingley 2018
51(+6)David WilleyEng48933.955.70550 v SL at Cardiff 2016
89(+40)Craig YoungIre376*!23.445.47376 v Eng at Southampton 2020
138(+6)Mark AdairIre282*!37.826.46282 v Eng at Southampton 2020
143(+128)S MahmoodEng266*!31.204.75266 v Ire at Southampton 2020
146=(+38)Joshua LittleIre256*!38.407.00256 v Eng at Southampton 2020

All-rounders (top five)

Rank                     (+/-)Player Team  Pts     Highest Rating
1( – )M NabiAfg301346 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017
2( – )Ben StokesEng285303 v NZ at Lord’s 2019
3( – )Imad WasimPak278*/281 v SL at Karachi 2019
4( – )C de GrandhommeNZ265*/*266 v India at Bay Oval 2020
5( – )Chris WoakesEng256307 v NZ at Christchurch 2018
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