Australia captain Meg Lanning has advanced one place to reach fifth position among batters in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after a useful knock in the second game of a three-match series in New Zealand which the visiting side won 3-0 to stretch their world-record winning streak to 24 matches.
Lanning smashed a brisk 49 off 51 deliveries and followed it up with a score of 15 in the last match to inch back towards the top spot, which she had recaptured during a home series against the same opposition last October, before slipping down the list.
Tammy Beaumont of England is at the top while Alyssa Healy is the top-ranked Australia player in third place, now with a career-best 756 rating points, after the latest weekly update to the women’s player rankings, carried out on Tuesdays.
Beth Mooney (up two places to 17th), Nicola Carey (up two places to 65th) and Georgia Wareham (up 27 places to 70th) are the other Australia batters to move up while leg-spinner Georgia Wareham (up two places to 22nd), Carey (up three places to 34th) and Tayla Vlaeminck (up three places to 51st) are the ones to progress in the list of bowlers.
For New Zealand, off-spinner Leigh Kasperek has progressed seven places to 17th position, only two places shy of her career best, after returning figures of six for 46 and three for 24 in the two matches.
Amelia Kerr has advanced two places to reach 38th position among batters, thanks to a knock of 47 in the second match, while also moving from 11th to 10th among all-rounders. Brooke Halliday, who bats left-handed, has moved up 14 places to 45th after scores of 32 and 15 while Maddy Green (up from 51st to 49th) and Hayley Jensen (up from 72nd to 66th) are the others to advance.
Australia have gained two points to consolidate their position at the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings and the 3-0 series result is significant since the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is being held in New Zealand next year. New Zealand remain fifth in the table.