Raina breaks into top-10 in ODIs
India batsman Suresh Raina has broken into the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career.
Raina has jumped 15 places to 10th in the latest rankings released on Monday.
Raina was named player of the series against England after he scored 277 runs in the five-match series at an average of 92.33. Raina’s efforts also helped him achieve a career-best 669 ratings points.
Another batsman inside the top 10 to improve his ranking is England captain Alastair Cook, who has moved up one place to seventh.
Outside the top 10, the batsmen heading in the right direction are Graeme Smith in 15th (up by six), Ian Bell in 23rd (up by six), Kevin Pietersen in 29th (up by one), David Warner in 35th (up by two), Kane Williamson in 36th (up by 18), George Bailey in 48th (up by three), Rohit Sharma in 54th (up by two), Lahiru Thirimanne (up by 12) and Faf du Plessis in joint 64th (up by three), Colin Ingram in 83rd (up by 14), Samit Patel in 86th (up by 10) and James Franklin in 90th (up by 13).
Australia’s debutant batsman Philip Hughes, who was the highest run-getter in the series against Sri Lanka with 257 runs, has entered the rankings in 73rd position.
The batting table contines to be headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla, followed by teammate AB de Villiers in second and India's Virat Kohli in third place.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers is still topped by Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, followed by teammate Mohammad Hafeez in second place. But there has been a lot of movement inside the top 10 of the bowlers’ list.
South Africa’s Lonawabo Tsotsobe has moved up a place to third, Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara, who was the number-one ranked ODI bowler in March 2009, has jumped up 16 places to sixth spot following his 11 wickets in the series against Australia, Steven Finn has gained one spot and is now in fifth position, and Lasith Malinga has returned after jumping 10 places to 10th.
Others bowlers to make gains are Kyle Mills in 11th (up by one), Angelo Mathews (up by six) and Xavier Doherty (up by seven) in joint 25th, Rangana Herath in 30th (up by eight), Tim Bresnan in 35th (up by two), James Tredwell in 43rd (up by 57), Ishant Sharma in 50th (up by 17), Nathan McCullum in 52nd (up by eight), Mitchell Starc in 68th (up by three), Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in 73rd (up by 31) and Ryan McLaren in 90th (up by 23).
India’s Ravindra Jadeja has made all-round gains in the latest rankings. He has moved up nine places to 56th in the batting table and has jumped 15 places to a career-best eighth in the bowlers' list with best-ever 663 ratings points.
The combined batting and bowling performances has helped Jadeja move up two places to fifth in the all-rounders’ table.
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez continues to head the all-rounders’ list followed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan in second place.
West Indies aims to reduce gap with Australia and Pakistan
Australia plays West Indies in a five-match series from 1 February in Perth. This will be Australia’s last ODI series before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be staged from 6 to 23 June in England and Wales.
If West Indies wins all five matches in the series against Australia it can end at 100 ratings points, gaining 12 ratings points to retain the seventh place. In that event Australia will drop down to sixth place with 103 ratings points. The biggest beneficiary of such a result would be Pakistan who would move up a place to fifth.
The tournament opener at the ICC Champions Trophy will feature two former winners when South Africa takes on 2002 champion India in Cardiff on 6 June. The following day, the West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval.
Group A includes defending champion Australia, 2000 winner New Zealand and 2002 champion Sri Lanka, along with host England, which reached the final when it last staged the event in 2004.
Sides in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy are 1998 winner South Africa, 2004 champion West Indies, 2002 winner India, and Pakistan.
The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged at The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June), while Edgbaston will be the venue of the final, to be played on 23 June.