• AB, Hashim top of the world

    February 2, 2015
    Amla and De Villiers are two big players for SA

    AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla will go to the World Cup as the top two batsmen in ODI cricket, following the release of the latest rankings by the ICC on Monday.

    While De Villiers retains his position at the top, Amla has moved up one place into second following the series against the West Indies where he was the top run-scorer.

    Quinton de Kock is the only other South African in the top 10, having dropped two places to number nine after missing the Windies series with an ankle injury.

    Both De Villiers and Amla will go into the tournament with great form after they enjoyed a particularly successful series against the West Indies.

    Meanwhile, Dale Steyn retained his third spot in the ODI bowling rankings, with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal and West Indian Surine Narine, both spinners, ranking number one and two respectively.

    Neither of them will, however, represent their countries at the World Cup. Both players pulled out of the tournament after failing to sufficiently remodel their bowling actions.

    Steyn is joined in the top 10 by fellow South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who slips  down one place to number 10. He is followed by spinner Imran Tahir who jumps eight places to slot in at number 11.

    The ICC ODI team rankings also revealed that Australia will be hosting the tournament as the number one ranked team in the world on 120 points. They co-host the World Cup with New Zealand.

    The Proteas rank at number three with 113, six points behind the Aussies and only one behind India who are second.

    ODI TEAM RANKINGS

    Country Rating
    1 Australia 120
    2 India 114
    3 South Africa 113
    4 Sri Lanka 109
    5 England 104
    6 New Zealand 101
    7 Pakistan 96
    8 West Indies 94
    9 Bangladesh 75
    10 Zimbabwe 53

    ODI BATSMEN

    (change +/-) Player Team Pts Aver
    1 (-) AB de Villiers SA 891 52.16
    2 (+1) Hashim Amla SA 867 56.41
    3 (-1) Virat Kohli India 831 51.50
    4 (-) Kumar Sangakkara SL 823 40.99
    5 (-) T Dilshan SL 785 39.00
    6 (+4) Kane Williamson NZ 757 45.00
    7 (-1) Shikhar Dhawan India 725 42.75
    8 (+1) MS Dhoni India 721 52.29
    9 (-2) Quinton de Kock SA 720 42.45
    10 (-2) George Bailey Aus 717 41.74
    20 (-1) Faf du Plessis SA 630 33.84
    37 (+8) David Miller SA 591 34.55
    93 (+23) Rilee Rossouw SA 423 29.71

    ODI BOWLERS

    (+/-) Player Team Pts Aver Econ
    1 (-) Saeed Ajmal Pak 748 22.18 4.13
    2 (-) Sunil Narine WI 734 26.49 4.10
    3 (-) Dale Steyn SA 724 25.14 4.80
    4 (+2) James Anderson Eng 716 28.84 4.90
    5 (-) Mitchell Johnson Aus 683 25.50 4.82
    6 (-2) Shakib Al Hassan Bang 680 27.92 4.26
    7 (+5) Mitchell Starc Aus 636 21.27 5.00
    8 (+3) Mohammad Hafeez Pak 631 35.01 4.06
    9 (+4) Rangana Herath SL 629 31.07 4.40
    10 (-1) Morne Morkel SA 628 24.69 4.95
    11 (+8) Imran Tahir SA 625 20.23 4.39
    34 (+9) Vernon Philander SA 551 22.25 4.61
    35 (+11) Wayne Parnell SA 550 29.25 5.47
    71 (+11) Aaron Phangiso SA 433 38.20 4.55
    74 (+3) JP Duminy SA 432 40.78 5.05

     



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