Swann on top of the world
England off-spinner Graeme Swann is now the world’s best one-day bowler, according to the International Cricket Council rankings.
Swann topped the England averages in their NatWest Series triumph over Sri Lanka with eight wickets at 20.50 apiece, taking him to the top of the rankings for the first time in his career.
He usurps Daniel Vettori at the summit, a position the New Zealand captain has occupied since September 2009. With Zimbabwe’s Ray Price and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal behind them, the top four spots in the rankings are taken by spinners.
A successful series for James Anderson – he took nine wickets at 21.77, including decisive new-ball spells at the Kia Oval and Trent Bridge – lifted him 17 places to 11th, while Tim Bresnan’s eight wickets saw him rise nine places to 26th.
Jonathan Trott, who climbed one place to seventh in the batting rankings after scoring 136 runs at an average of 34, is England’s only representative in the top 20. Eoin Morgan is joint 23rd and Alastair Cook 48th.
England’s 3-2 series triumph, sealed with a thrilling 16-run win at Old Trafford yesterday, keeps England in fifth place in the ODI rankings, while Sri Lanka slip to fourth as South Africa profit.