South Africa’s emphatic series win sees gain in players’ rankings

Paulina Mashishi is excited to learn from Sune Luus. © Cricket South Africa

South Africa created history by whitewashing New Zealand in New Zealand in the ODI series for the first time. The result meant South Africa leapfrogged India to be third in the ICC Championship points table. South Africa have got 22 points and even losing all the three ODIs against Australia that won’t stop them from qualifying directly for the ODI World Cup.

The emphatic result meant South Africa can’t slip below fourth in the points table. Four teams plus the host nation qualify directly for the Women’s World Cup to be staged in New Zealand in 2021. By virtue of being the host nation, New Zealand have already qualified immaterial of their standings in the points table.

Lizelle Lee, the player of the series, had significant gains in the ICC ODI Rankings for the batters. The hard-hitting batter scored 157 runs and often provided brisk starts for South Africa. Lee’s effort meant she sits on the sixth position. Apart from Lee, Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez, too, moved to ninth and 18th position respectively. Stafanie Taylor of West Indies leads the batting list, followed by the Australian duo, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry.

In the bowling front, Marizanne Kapp of South Africa picked up five wickets and moved to the second position in the ICC ODI Rankings for bowlers. Shabnim Ismail, who troubled New Zealand’s batters with relentless accuracy too moved to fourth.

Sune Luus was the one player from South Africa who had a good outing with both bat and bowl. The leg-spinner bagged her second six-wicket haul with figures of 6 for 45 in the third ODI. She moved to the 31st position. With the bat, Luus scored 67 runs which helped her to sit in the 35th position. She also gained in the ICC Rankings for allrounders, moving six places up to be on 14th.

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