28 Jan 2017

Warner top in batting rankings

7:28 am on 28 January 2017

Not surprisingly the Australia opener David Warner has claimed top spot in the ICC ODI Batter rankings.

David Warner

David Warner Photo: Photosport

The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa's AB de Villiers and India captain Virat Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.

Warner struck a belligerent 179 off 128 balls to help win the final ODI in Adelaide by 57 runs on Thursday, his sixth century in his last 11 ODI's.

For Pakistan, Babar Azam, who smashed 100 runs in Adelaide for a total of 282 runs in the series, has broken into the top-10 for the first time as he has gained five positions to reach 10th rank.

Kane Williamson remains fifth in the batting rankings.

In the bowlers rankings, Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc has gained two slots to reach second position after finishing with nine wickets in the series against Pakistan, which included a haul of four for 42 in Adelaide. The former top-ranked bowler is now only five points behind New Zealand's Trent Boult.

Pakistan is in danger of failing to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup as it is sitting in eighth position on 89 points - two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.

Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from 30 May to 15 July 2019.

New Zealand takes on Australia in a three-match home series starting on Monday with a chance to overtake India to third place in the ODI Team Rankings.

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 27 January 2017)

Rank Team Points

1. Australia 120 (-)

2. South Africa 116

3. India 112 (+1)

4. New Zealand 111

5. England 107 (-)

6. Sri Lanka 101

7. Bangladesh 91

8. Pakistan 89 (-)

9. West Indies 87

10. Afghanistan 52

11. Zimbabwe 47

12. Ireland 42