Wilson breaks into top 100, Devine claims top allrounder spot in ICC T20 rankings

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Wilson breaks into top 100, Devine claims top allrounder spot in ICC T20 rankings

Fran Wilson plays a sweep against Australia © Getty Images

The 28-year-old, England batter Fran Wilson, has broken into the top 100 of the ICC Women’s T20 player’s rankings following a good show in the recently-concluded T20 tri-series which was won by hosts Australia defeating India in the final in Melbourne.     

Wilson made the gains after starring with a pair of rearguard efforts during the tri-series, although they didn’t suffice to haul England to the final, as they lost out to eventual runners-up India on net run-rate. Wilson was one of two big gainers, alongside Indonesia’s Yulia Anggraeni, who rose 29 places to 64th position. Anggraeni had struck a 68-ball 112 against Philippines in her previous international outing.

Among the other big movers were Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner, who jumped 18 places into the top 20, after ravaging India with a 57-ball 93. England’s Amy Jones fell 10 spots out of the top 20, after a middling tri-series in which she made just 21 runs in four innings.

Although Suzie Bates, New Zealand’s No.3, retained her top spot, there were other movements in the top 10, with Bates’ teammate and captain Sophie Devine rising four spots to No.2. Australia opener Beth Mooney and her Indian counterpart Smriti Mandhana both made upward movements, while Meg Lanning, despite dropping three-position, hung on to the top five.

Among the bowlers, Ellyse Perry’s golden run with the ball gave her a jump of four places into the top 10, to No.7. India’s Poonam Yadav dropped six places out of the top 10 to take the 12th position, while England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole tumbled six places to fall out of the top 20. Anuja Patil of India and Delissa Kimmince of Australia lost out big as well, falling 11 places to 31, and 14 places to 33 respectively.

Australia’s Sophie Molineux climbed nine places to claim 15th spot, while South Africa’s Ayabonga Khaka gained 17 places to rise to 36th position. But the big movements happened further down, with young Aussie Tayla Vlaeminck jumping 57 places to 48, after claiming seven wickets in three tri-series games, while maintaining an economy rate of 5.25, and Gardner dropping 25 places to 56.

New Zealand’s Hayley Jensen gained 21 places to move to 65, while teammate Anna Paterson rose 20 places to occupy the 74th position. England’s Sarah Glenn also jumped 61 places to 76, after her five wickets at 14.40 in the tri-series.

Among allrounders, Devine claimed the top spot after gaining one position, while Natalie Sciver also jumped one place to round out the top three. West Indies’ Hayley Matthews dropped down a position to fourth, while South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk completed the top five after gaining one position.

Among other movers, Sri Lanka’s captain Chamari Atapattu dropped out of the top ten to No.11, while England skipper Heather Knight gained 10 position to rise to 22. Vlaeminck, as she did in the bowlers’ rankings, made big gains here, too, rising 35 spots to No.66, while Khaka rose 24 places to 72. Australia’s Nicola Carey jumped 17 places into the top 100, coming in at 94.