Stafanie eyeing Number 1 batter spot
Bassesterre, St Kitts – West Indies allrounder, Stafanie Taylor has the opportunity to usurp India’s Mithali Raj in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for batters should the 20-year-old all-rounder perform well with the bat in the upcoming ODI series against India which begins on Wednesday at Warner Park.
Taylor, the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2011, is just 11 ratings points behind table-topper Mithali, who has held the Number 1 position since February 21 2010 after scoring 91 not out against England in Bengaluru.
A few strong performances with the bat by Mithali could see her widen the gap between herself and Taylor. But on the flipside, Taylor may well carry her fine batting prowess that she displayed in the recently completed Twenty20 International (T20I) series, won by the hosts, into the ODI series and, thus, displace Mithali from the top.
In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for bowlers, the list is still topped by India’s former captain Jhulan Goswami whose two closest contenders for the top spot, Lisa Sthalekar of Australia and Katherine Brunt, are not playing in the two series that are about to commence in West Indies and New Zealand.
Beneath Sthalekar and Brunt are two players who will be playing in the coming weeks who will have hopes of pushing into the top three places, England’s Laura Marsh and West Indies Anisa Mohammed are currently ranking fourth and fifth in the bowling table.
The Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for all-rounders, the list is topped by Stafanie Taylor who will have both Amita and Jhulan snapping at her heels as the Indian duo are in third and fourth place respectively, while England’s Jenny Gunn is in fifth and could push up the rankings, if all goes well for her in New Zealand.
Upcoming ODI fixtures:
West Indies v India ODI Series
Wednesday, February 29 – West Indies v India, Warner Park, St Kitts
Friday, March 2 – West Indies v India, Warner Park, St Kitts
Sunday, March 4 – West Indies v India, Warner Park, St Kitts
New Zealand v England ODI Series
Thursday, March 1– New Zealand v England, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Saturday, March 3 – New Zealand v England, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
Monday, March 5 – New Zealand v England, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln