Swann glides into top spot
Sun, Jul 10, 2011 2:43 PM
Graeme Swann tops the rankings
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has become the number-one ranked bowler in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers for the first time in his career after the 32-year-old claimed series figures of 8-164 against Sri Lanka.
England claimed victory in the fifth and final ODI of the series and by virtue of winning the enthralling series 3-2 has pushed Sri Lanka from third to fourth in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship. Sri Lanka has slipped below South Africa by a fraction of a ratings point while England has maintained its position in fifth.
In the bowler rankings, Swann's ascension to the number-one spot has meant New Zealand's Daniel Vettori has finally been knocked off the top, a place the former Black Caps skipper had occupied since September 2009.
Swann's team-mate James Anderson has also risen impressively up the rankings, gaining 17 places to 11th spot, while Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis has dropped three places to 12th. Stuart Broad's disappointing series with the ball has seen the 25-year-old slide eight places to 21st position.
A positive series for England's Tim Bresnan, who claimed eight wickets, has seen the 26-year-old seamer jump nine places to 26th in the world.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara has fallen 10 places to 20th in the world after claiming just one wicket in the series. Lasith Malinga has lost seven places to 30th while team-mate Suraj Randiv has improved by no fewer than 30 places and now occupies 38th position.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen is still topped by the South African duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers with Australia's Shane Watson in third.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara moves up one place to fourth but his captain, Tillakaratne Dilshan, has dropped six places after a wretched series with the bat to sit joint-ninth with Australia captain Michael Clarke.
England's Jonathan Trott moves up one place to seventh while team-mate Eoin Morgan also gains one position. The left-hander now occupies joint-23rd place along with Ireland's Paul Stirling.
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has risen six places to 22nd, while team-mate Angelo Matthews is up 18 places to 31st position.
England ODI captain Alastair Cook has broken into the top 50 for the first time. The left-handed opener is now in 48th position in the rankings – his highest position to date.
Finally, in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, the table is still topped by Australia's Shane Watson, while Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan is in second and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in third.