Women’s ODI Rankings: Ellyse Perry regains top-spot for all-rounders

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Women's ODI Rankings: Ellyse Perry regains top-spot for all-rounders
Women's ODI Rankings: Ellyse Perry regains top-spot for all-rounders

Women’s ODI Rankings: Ellyse Perry regains top-spot for all-rounders

Australia’s Ellyse Perry is back at the top of the list of all-rounders in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after a fine show in the second ODI of their three-match series against England.

The 31-year-old scored a steady 64-ball 40 and took three for 12 in seven overs to win the Player of the Match award in Melbourne. The performance helped her move 47 rating points ahead of England’s Nat Sciver to the number one position.

Perry had conceded the top spot to Sciver after holding the top spot for 1,535 days from 12 July 2017 to 24 September 2021 and has not been out of the top two in terms of all-rounders in ODI cricket since November 2014.

In the latest weekly update that considers the first two matches of the Australia-England series as well as the third and fourth South Africa versus West Indies matches and comes less than a month ahead of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand, Australia batter Beth Mooney and England spinner Sophie Ecclestone too have made significant gains.

Mooney’s innings of 73 in the first ODI has helped her up into the top three for the first time in her six-year career. She started the series in eighth place and is now in the top three in both ODI and T20I cricket as she is placed second in T20Is, just two points behind India opener Shafali Verma.

Ellyse Perry regains top-spot for all-rounders

Ecclestone is another player featuring in the top three in both lists. Despite England losing the first two ODIs, the left-arm spinner bowled economically and is now up to third with a career-best 717 rating points. She currently tops the T20I rankings with 761 points, 39 clear of team-mate Sarah Glenn.

South Africa batter Laura Wolvaardt has progressed in the rankings, from 13th to ninth, after her match-winning 117 in the third match against the West Indies in Johannesburg. West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor is in the top 10 while Sciver and Amy Jones have also gained one slot each within the top 20.

Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner (up three places to 24th), the South Africa pair of all-rounder Chloe Tryon (up two places to 39th). And captain Sune Luus (up four places to 40th), Tahlia McGrath (up six places to 41st) and West Indies’ Kycia Knight (up sixteen places to 49th) have also made significant gains among batters.

The bowling list sees Shabnim Ismail (fifth), Katherine Brunt (sixth) and Ayabonga Khaka (seventh) all move up one place each. While Perry joins them in the top 10 after gaining seven places to reach the ninth position.

South Africa’s Tumi Sekhukhune (up two places to 39th) and Chloe Tryon (up nine places to 54th). And the Australian pair of Darcie Brown (up five places to 44th) and McGrath (up thirty-two places to 52nd) are the others to move up in the latest update.