Stafanie aims to stay at Number 1

Bridgetown, Barbados -- West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor will be looking to cement her place at the top of the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for batters this week with the beginning of her side’s three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka which starts at Kensington Oval on Wednesday.

ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, Taylor, currently tops the batting table with a 63-rating points lead over India’s Mithali Raj. Should Taylor perform well in the series in Barbados she could further secure her spot as not only the number one batter but also the Number 1all-rounder.

The 20-year-old Jamaican right-hander also tops the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders with an 85-point lead over Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar.
Taylor’s team-mates Deandra Dottin (seventh), captain Merissa Aguilleira (17th) and Juliana Nero (20th) all have a good chance to bat their way up the batting rankings in the series against Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked batter is Chamari Atapattu who will be keen to improve on her current ranking of 22nd.

The bowling rankings are currently topped by Sthalekar but spinners Taylor and her team-mate Anisa Mohammed are currently ranked sixth and seventh, and could potentially challenge and displace a number of the players ranked above them.

Outside of the top 10, Sri Lanka captain Dilani Manodara will want good performances from two of her key bowlers, off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardena (15th) and medium-pacer Chamani Seneviratna (19th) to give the visitors a chance of victory against the in-form West Indies women.

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 03:23