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Warner leaps to third spot in ICC ODI rankings

Last updated on: October 13, 2016 18:54 IST

Australian batsman David Warner

IMAGE: Australian batsman David Warner. Photograph: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Australian opener David Warner surged to a career-best third in the ICC ODI player rankings for batsmen, after accumulating 386 runs at an superb average of 77.20 in the recently concluded five-match series against South Africa.

Warner gained nine positions and moved into the top 10 for the first time.

India's Virat Kohli remains is in the number two spot behind South Africa's A B de Villiers.

South Africa left-handers Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw also made significant gains in the latest rankings.

The rankings takes into account 16 ODIs from September 25 to October 12 and includes Bangladesh's home series against Afghanistan and England, and the Pakistan-West Indies series in the United Arab Emirates. It also features Ireland's one-off matches against Australia and South Africa.

De Kock, who scored 300 runs in the series, including an innings of 178 off 113 balls in the opening ODI in Centurion -- the second-highest individual score for South Africa -- moved up five places to fourth in the list.

Rossouw's 311 runs in the series saw him move up 30 slots to a career-best 32nd rank.

Pakistan's Babar Azam moved up the table to a career-best 15th position following three consecutive centuries that helped his team to a a 3-0 win over the West Indies. Babar's knocks of 120, 123 and 117 saw him make a huge jump of 57 positions as he moved into the top-20 for the first time.

Other batsmen to move up the rankings included Australia's Mitchell Marsh, who moved up four places to move to the 26th spot, South Africa's David Miller gained three slots to reach 35th rank, and England's Ben Stokes climbed 11 slots to 52nd rank.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, New Zealand's Trent Boult moved up to take the top position after West Indies spinner Sunil Narine finished with only three wickets in the series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Boult will start the five-match series as the number-one ranked bowler while India's highest ranked bowler is Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been rested for the series.

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who became Bangladesh's leading wicket-taker along with Shakib Al Hasan at 215 wickets, moved to a career-best ninth rank after 12 wickets in the six matches against Afghanistan and England.

Afghanistan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi moved into the top 10 as he gained 12 points after taking six wickets in the Bangladesh series, conceding just 97 runs in 30 overs.

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir and England's Adil Rashid climbed up to the top 10. Tahir gained two spots to reach third position while Rashid's 10 wickets in Bangladesh helped him gain three slots to reach a career-best seventh position. 

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