England women lead the way
England players dominate the inaugural Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women’s Rankings which were launched in Mumbai today.
Claire Taylor, who was shortlisted for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2006, 2007 and 2008, heads the batting list that includes six England players in the top 20.
Meanwhile, second-placed seamer Isa Guha leads the parade of five England bowlers in the top 20.
England’s domination of the women’s rankings is also a reflection of their outstanding performance this summer in which they went unbeaten against West Indies, South Africa and India.
Taylor is one of the 13 female cricketers to have played 100 or more one-day internationals and is the only player above the 800 ratings points.
She said: “To be number one batsman in the world means a lot to me. It’s something that I've been aiming for since the World Cup in 2000, the point where I really thought I could have an impact on the game.
“However, it’s not the most important thing this year. There are personal battles to be fought against great rivals, a World Cup to contest and perhaps win, and an Ashes duel to finish off what promises to be an amazing 12 months.”
Other England batters in the top 20 include Sarah Taylor (fourth), ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2008 Charlotte Edwards (fifth), Lydia Greenway (14th), Jenny Gunn (16th) and Caroline Atkins (17th).
Guha, who is 14 wickets away from becoming the fifth bowler to take 100 in ODIs, is breathing down the neck of India captain Jhulan Goswami, but leads Australia’s Shelley Nitschke, in third, by a comfortable margin.
Nineteen-year-old left-arm spinner Holly Colvin sits in fourth place after she finished as the leading wicket-taker against India, while Jenny Gunn is fifth, Katherine Brunt ninth and Nicky Shaw 15th.
Gunn, the 22-year-old right-handed batter and medium-pacer, is the highest-ranked England all-rounder in fifth place.