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Mooney and Sciver-Brunt rise to the top in ODI rankings

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Beth Mooney and Nat Sciver-Brunt have risen to the top of the ODI batting rankings after their blistering performances in the Women’s Ashes. That has pushed Chamari Athapaththu from the top to No. 3. Sciver-Brunt also became No. 1 among allrounders.

The first two ODIs saw Mooney – the new No. 1 – notch up 81* and 33 in Bristol and Southampton respectively to help Australia secure the Ashes.

Sciver-Brunt moved to No.2 among batters after her 111* in the second ODI, where the hosts fell short by three runs. But it was enough for her to reach 763 points, her peak, and her joint-best ranking in the batters’ list.

For Sciver-Brunt, it is now the third time she has taken No. 1 status among allrounders. Ashleigh Gardner, who took six wickets and chipped in with 21 and 33 in the first two ODIs, has jumped up four spots to take the No. 5 and No. 8 spots in the bowlers’ and allrounders’ lists respectively.

Captains Heather Knight and Alyssa Healy also saw upticks. Knight anchored England’s victorious chase with an unbeaten 75 in the first ODI to go up from No.18 to No. 14. Healy, who had a 15-month gap in the ODI circuit after the Women’s World Cup final in April 2022, re-entered the rankings at No. 4.

Nigar Sultana, Bangladesh’s captain who led the hosts to their first-ever ODI win against India has climbed up four spots to No. 31. Her team-mates Sultana Khatun and Marufa Akter took major jumps to enter the top 100 among the bowlers. Khatun’s 25-spot jump saw her leap from 103rd to 78th while Marufa’s 33-spot jump took her to 100th.

Athapaththu hopped one step to No. 9 in the T20I rankings, thanks to her 80* against New Zealand in the third T20I. Her partner, Harshitha Samarawickrama, who helped stitch a 143-run match-winning stand rose from 27th to 22nd. Inoka Ranaweera’s three-for took her up six spots to occupy the seventh spot, alongside New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu.

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