In-form Ponting pushes back towards top 10
Johannesburg, Sept 21 : Australia captain Ricky Ponting has risen up to 13 in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen at the conclusion of his side's 6-1 series victory over England.The 34-year-old has climbed three places in the rankings after playing in four of the seven matches in England averaging 58.25, after scoring a century and a half-century in his side’s six-one series win.
The table is still headed by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who will be looking to cement his place at the top of the batsmen’s rankings ahead of team-mate and second-placed Yuvraj Singh in the ICC Champions Trophy which gets underway in South Africa tomorrow.
Meanwhile, further down the table Callum Ferguson has dropped eight places to 41st position, something he will hope to rectify when Australia take on the West Indies also on Saturday. But the news is better for England batsman Eoin Morgan, who has climbed 14 spots to reach 74th in the rankings.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Mitchell Johnson has slipped four places to ninth after his performance in England despite taking 10 wickets in the series at an average of 26.40.
Rising above Johnson is fellow Australian Nathan Bracken and New Zealand’s Shane Bond, who sit in sixth and seventh places respectively.
New Zealand who have three players in the top 10 will be hoping that Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills can put pressure upon the number one-ranked ODI bowler, Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kuleskara.
Australia’s James Hopes has risen five places to assume joint 12th position with Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi while Brett Lee has slipped just out of the top 20. Lee will be hoping it won’t be a place he will hope he won’t have to occupy for long if he puts in a good performance at the ICC Champions Trophy.
England’s Graeme Swann has shot up 24 places to break into the top 50, after taking nine wickets in the five matches he played in his side’s series defeat to Australia. Swann took match figures of 5-28 in the final ODI against Australia giving him a series average of 19.00.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, the table is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. However, Yuvraj and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis will be eyeing up the top spot since Bangladesh are not competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, giving both men an opportunity to claim the number one ranking.
Re-joining the all-rounders is Australia’s Hopes who has sprung back into the top five for the first time since April this year. As in the bowler rankings, Hopes is sharing the position alongside Afridi.
In the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship it is all to play for ahead of the start of the ICC Champions Trophy tomorrow at Centurion when the host, South Africa, takes on Sri Lanka.
Should Sri Lanka beat South Africa in tomorrow’s opening fixture the current number-one side will drop to third allowing India to take up number-one place and Australia second position.