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Brendon McCullum to strengthen T20I batting rank

Posted on Feb 07, 07:07PM | IBNS

Dubai, Feb 7 : New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will enter the three-match series against England as the number-one ranked batsman on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, when the series gets underway from 9 February in Auckland.

McCullum currently has 794 ratings points and leads second-ranked Chris Gayle of West Indies by just two ratings points.

Gayle will be part of the West Indies squad that plays Australia in a one-off T20I match at Brisbane on Wednesday, 13 February. But despite the narrow gap between the two, McCullum will have the edge to retain the number-one rank as he will have two more matches than Gayle.

The other batsmen in the top 20 likely to be in action during the two series are Shane Watson in fourth place, David Warner in fifth, Eoin Morgan in ninth and Alex Hales in 14th.

The bowlers' table is headed by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, followed by Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis and Graeme Swann of England.

Swann will be missing in action during the series against New Zealand.

New Zealand's Nathan McCullum (fifth), Shane Watson of Australia (eighth), West Indies' Sunil Narine (ninth) and England captain Stuart Broad (20th) are the other bowlers likely to feature in the forthcoming T20Is and will be hoping to improve upon their rankings.

Shane Watson will start as the number-one ranked all-rounder, with Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in second place and Yuvraj Singh of India in third.

Reliance ICC Test Championship Table

Sri Lanka is the clear leader on the Reliance ICC T20I Championship Table with 131 ratings points, nine ratings points ahead of second-placed ICC World Twenty20 2012 champion West Indies.

Sri Lanka will continue to head the table irrespective of how the forthcoming matches will pan out, but a lot of reshuffle is expected in the middle of the table.

At best, West Indies can hope to reduce the gap with Sri Lanka to seven ratings points if it beats Australia in the one-off match.

But if West Indies was to lose the match, it would drop as many five ratings points to end at 117 ratings points, same as South Africa. But West Indies will be ranked higher than fourth-ranked South Africa by fraction of a point.

If England wins all three matches against New Zealand it will gain five ratings points to end at 123 ratings points, which could potentially give it second place if West Indies loses to Australia in the one-off match.

On the other hand, if New Zealand was to win all three matches against England, then it could gain as many 10 ratings points to end at 108 ratings points.

The final position for all four teams - Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies - will be determined by the results in the two series.

Upcoming Fixtures

New Zealand v England

9 Feb-1st T20I, Auckland (D/N)

12 Feb-2nd T20I, Hamilton (D/N)

15 Feb-3rd T20I, Wellington (D/N)

Australia v West Indies

13 Feb-One-off T20I, Brisbane (D/N)


Reliance ICC T20I Championship (as on 7 February, before New Zealand-England and Australia-West Indies series)

Rank Team Rating

1 Sri Lanka 131

2 West Indies 122

3 India 119

4 England 118

5 South Africa 117

6 Pakistan 116

7 Australia 104

8 New Zealand 98

9 Bangladesh 84

10 Ireland 82

11 Zimbabwe 44

Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010

Afghanistan 76

Netherlands 73

Scotland 67

Canada 11

Kenya 2



(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (as on 7 February)

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts Ave S/R HS Ranking

1 B McCullum NZ 794 34.77 132 849 v Ban at Pallekele 2012

2 Chris Gayle WI 792 36.48 145 831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012

3 M Jayawardena SL 768 33.15 133 785 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

4 Shane Watson Aus 767 30.62 148 832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

5 David Warner Aus 760 28.71 139 826 v WI at St Lucia 2010

6 Virat Kohli Ind 731*! 34.87 130 731 v Pak at Ahmedabad 2012

7 Marlon Samuels WI 723*! 32.44 137 723 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

8 Martin Guptill NZ 721 33.93 124 793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

9= Suresh Raina Ind 719 33.60 136 776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011

Eoin Morgan Eng 719 36.90 133 872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

11 T Dilshan SL 667 28.00 121 802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

12 K Sangakkara SL 651 30.00 121 763 v WI at Barbados 2010

13 Yuvraj Singh Ind 648 30.42 149 793 v SA at St Lucia 2010

14 Alex Hales Eng 633*! 34.83 127 633 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

15= H Masakadza Zim 629* 26.59 117 652 v SL at Hambantota 2012

JP Duminy SA 629 32.82 122 694 v Eng at Durham 2012

17 G Gambhir Ind 601 27.41 119 723 v SL at Mohali 2009

18 Umar Akmal Pak 597 26.96 117 709 v Zim at Harare 2011

19 M Hafeez Pak 594! 23.17 114 594 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

20 Jacques Kallis SA 587 35.05 119 738 v Eng at Durham 2012

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking

1 Saeed Ajmal Pak 756 16.32 6.23 788 v NZ at Pallekele 2012

2 Ajantha Mendis SL 731 11.48 5.84 762 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2012

3 Graeme Swann Eng 720 16.84 6.36 760 v Pak at Cardiff 2010

4 N Kulasekara SL 676! 25.03 7.20 676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

5 N McCullum NZ 669 18.95 6.46 709 v Zim at Harare 2011

6 Abdur Razzak Ban 644 17.94 6.82 661 v Ire at Belfast 2012

7 Shahid Afridi Pak 643 21.76 6.32 814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

8 Shane Watson Aus 639 20.42 7.19 671 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2012

9= Sunil Narine WI 638*! 18.37 6.16 638 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

Dale Steyn SA 638 16.64 6.30 688 v WI at Antigua 2010

11 M Hafeez Pak 635 23.43 6.73 662 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12 Johan Botha SA 634 22.24 6.37 733 v NZ at Auckland 2012

13 Lasith Malinga SL 629 22.29 7.43 680 v Eng at Bristol 2011

14 A Mathews SL 626 26.09 6.58 639 v NZ at Pallekele 2012

15 S Al Hasan Ban 625 22.70 6.88 658 v Ire at Belfast 2012

16 R Ashwin Ind 618! 37.85 7.48 618 v Pak at Ahmedabad 2012

17 Morne Morkel SA 612 19.53 6.83 646 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

18 Trent Johnston Ire 610 19.86 6.26 633 v Ban at Belfast 2012

19 Prosper Utseya Zim 601 29.43 6.74 615 v SL at Hambantota 2012

20 Stuart Broad Eng 600 23.18 7.34 672 v Pak at Cardiff 2010

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 Shane Watson Aus 490 557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012

2 M Hafeez Pak 377! 377 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

3 Yuvraj Singh Ind 337/*! 337 v Pak at Ahmedabad 2012

4= Chris Gayle WI 301/*! 301 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

Marlon Samuels WI 301*/*! 301 v Ban at Mirpur 2012