Australian opener Alyssa Healy and England’s Nat Sciver have climbed to the top of the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen and all-rounders respectively after their recent heroics in their Women’s World Cup final in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Healy, 32, has risen to the top of the batsmen’s rankings after a stellar performance of 170 in the final, which Australia won by 71 runs to win their seventh World Cup title. Healy’s scintillating innings propelled her to the No. 1 spot, ending South African opener Laura Wolvaardt’s brief stay at the summit.
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Healy scored 509 runs in his nine matches in the World Cup – including two centuries and two half-centuries, and at an astonishing strike rate of 103.66. The race meant that Healy finished just ahead of compatriot Rachel Haynes as the tournament’s top scorer.
Four Australians remain in the top six in the latest ODI rankings, with Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Haynes Healy among the top-ranked batsmen in the world.
The latest rankings show the top-10 in an entirely new form, with no player remaining in the same spot after the conclusion of the World Cup.
Sciver’s unbeaten 148 in England’s unsuccessful reply in the final propelled them to second place in the batting rankings. The England star’s scintillating effort saw her claim a stellar top spot in the all-rounder rankings, displacing Ellyse Perry.
Sciver’s century in the final was his second century of the tournament, with the English all-rounder scoring 436 runs at an average of 72.66 in his eight innings in New Zealand. The 29-year-old also took four wickets with his medium-pace bowling to return economical figures through the World Cup.
English spinner Sophie Ecclestone remains at No. 1 in the bowler rankings, with South African pacer Shabnim Ismail second after a stellar tournament.
The pair held the top two spots in the wicket-taking column at the end of the World Cup, with Ismail scoring 14 runs in seven innings. But Ecclestone was well evident as the stand-out bowler of the tournament, taking 21 wickets at an average of 15.61 and an economy of just 3.83.
Veteran swing-bowler, Anya Shrubsole of England is the big mover in the latest bowling rankings, jumping five places to break into the top-10 after figures of 2/27 in the semi-finals and 3/46 in the final.