Windies star player Stafanie Taylor rises in ICC rankings
Potchefstroom, South Africa – West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor has shot up the Reliance Mobile ICC One-Day Internationals Women's Player Rankings for batters to claim fourth position, while the 19-year-old has risen to third in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women's Player Rankings for allrounders.
For Taylor, who was part of the West Indies side that finished second in the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge in Potchefstroom on Tuesday, it is her career-best ranking to date. In the process of climbing to fourth, she has pushed England’s pair of Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards to fifth and sixth positions respectively.
Meanwhile, South Africa captain Cri-Zelda Brits has risen to seventh in the rankings. Both Taylor and Brits concluded the ODI section of the tournament with the best averages for the five matches they each played – with the West Indian averaging 97.5 with the bat and the South African captain averaging 60.66.
West Indies power-hitter Deandra Dottin has also moved up the rankings to break into the top 20 for the first time. The 19-year-old from Barbados has claimed her career-best ranking to date of 15th after a strong performance against Ireland. Also joining Dottin in the top 20 is South Africa’s opening batter Trisha Chetty who has jumped to 17th place in the rankings.
Outside of the top 20, there has been plenty of movement by the players involved in the women’s cricket challenge. Mignon du Preez of South Africa has risen to 23rd, Ireland’s Cecilia Joyce has jumped six places to 24th position, West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira has move into 35th position and Dutch batter Helmien Rambaldo has rocketed 32 places to claim 38th place in the batting rankings.
The table is topped by India’s Mithali Raj while ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year Shelley Nitschke sits in second place.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings for bowlers, there has not been movement inside the top 10 but Sri Lanka’s Shashikala Siriwardena has gained five places to take 13th place which is her highest ranking to date.
South Africa’s Sunette Loubser has been rewarded for her fine bowling in the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge with a lift of 12 places which puts her in 14th spot in the bowling rankings. It is the highest ranking to date for the 27-year-old who claimed 13 wickets at an average of 7.84 during the tournament.
The off-break bowling of Stafanie Taylor has seen the Jamaican also rise into the top 20 of bowlers for the first time. She is currently sitting in 16th position after claiming six wickets at an average of 14.83 during the event. Outside of the top 20, Anisa Mohammed of the West Indies has risen eight places to 22nd while Ireland’s Ciara Metcalfe has risen to 26th, Shibnam Ismail of South Africa is now ranked 37th, one below her team-mate Dane van Nierkerk.
The list is topped by India’s Jhulan Goswami with England’s Katherine Brunt sitting in second place. In the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women’s Player Rankings for allrounders, the list is topped by Nitschke followed by Australia’s Lisa Sthalekar while Taylor has assumed third place pushing Nicola Browne and Aimee Watkins of New Zealand into fourth and fifth respectively.