Australia won yet another ODI series against Sri Lanka and in the process broke the 20-year record of 17 wins registered by Belinda Clark’s Australia team. Meg Lanning’s team have now registered 18 wins and are just three wins short of breaking the all-time record of 21 wins set by their male counterparts. Alyssa Healy, Racheal Haynes and Jess Jonassen starred for Australia in their whitewash against Sri Lanka.
Jonassen’s impressive showing – six wickets in the ODIs – has helped her topple her teammate Megan Schutt to take the top spot in the ODI bowlers rankings with 755 points. Schutt and Jhulan Goswami occupy the number two and three spots respectively. To cap off a wonderful series, the left-arm spinner ticked off another milestone – crossing the 100 wicket milestone in the second ODI. She is the second fastest after Cathryn Fitzpatrick to reach the mark.
In the batting department, Alyssa Healy has risen from number seven to number three after her staggering returns – 194 runs in three innings – against Sri Lanka. Healy hit a scintillating ton in the final ODI to seal the whitewash. She now has 738 points and is behind Amy Satterthwaite and Smriti Mandhana.
The allrounders list is still being headed by Ellyse Perry, but the biggest player to gain points over the last week is Marizanne Kapp. Her impressive showing in the first ODI against India on Wednesday (October 5) where she struck a valiant half-century, enabled her to leapfrog her teammate Dane van Niekerk to fourth place. The South African has two more games to solidify her position in the rankings, and has second ranked Deepti Sharma in her sights.