Sangakkara and Cook make upward movements

Sangakkara and Cook make upward movements

Dubai, June 24, 2012: Kumar Sangakkara and Alastair Cook have made impressive gains in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen which were released on Sunday after the completion of Sri Lanka-Pakistan and England-West Indies series, and the Ireland-Australia ODI that was washed out on Saturday in Belfast.

Sangakkara is now ranked fourth after moving up two places, while Cook has joined Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Jonathan Trott in fifth position after rising two places.

Both Sangakkara and Cook played leading roles in their sides’ series wins. While Sangakkara scored 164 runs at an average of 41 and a top score of 97, Cook scored 112 runs in two matches, with one century.

In the Sri Lanka-Pakistan series, talented middle-order batsman Azhar Ali, who was the highest run-getter from either side with 217 runs in five games, is now ranked 81st (up by 48 places), while England’s comeback man Ian Bell has been rewarded for his 179 runs in two matches with a jump of 11 places to 49th.

The other batsmen to make movements are Chris Gayle in 31st (up by one), Angelo Mathews in 37th (up by 11) and Asad Shafiq in 68th (up by 13).

The batsmen who have slipped in the latest rankings are Tillekaratne Dilshan in 10th (down by two) and Mohammad Hafeez in 47th (down by nine).

Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Lasith Malinga returned to the top 20, moving up a place from 21st, whereas Thisara Perera, who picked up 11 wickets in the series against Pakistan including a hat-trick and a best of six for 44, has moved up a place to 38th.

The other bowlers to head in the right direction are James Anderson in 15th (up by one), Shahid Afridi in 16th (up by two), Nuwan Kulasekara in 23rd (up by seven), Tim Bresnan in 30th (up by six), Darren Sammy in 44th (up by two), Mathews in 45th (up by one) and Sohail Tanvir in 50th (up by 25 places).

Both Mathews and Bresnan have also moved up in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, which is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. While Mathews has moved up a place to eighth, Bresnan is now 18th (up by four).

Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table, England and Sri Lanka are now on 112 ratings points each, but England is still ranked above Sri Lanka in fourth position when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. Australia continues to head the table.

The Championship table and player rankings will next be updated on 17 July, a day after the conclusion of the England-Australia and the West Indies-New Zealand ODI series.

Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 24 June, after Sri Lanka-Pakistan and England-West Indies series and one-off Ireland-Australia ODI)

Rank Team Rating

1 Australia 123

2 South Africa 118

3 India 117

4 England 112

5 Sri Lanka 112

6 Pakistan 103

7 New Zealand 86

8 West Indies 85

9 Bangladesh 67

10 Zimbabwe 46

11 Ireland 36

12 Netherlands 15

13 Kenya 8

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as of 24 June, after Sri Lanka-Pakistan and England-West Indies series and one-off Ireland-Australia ODI)

Batsmen (Top 20)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 ( – ) Hashim Amla SA 871 56.49 886 v Ind at Centurion 2011

2 ( – ) AB de Villiers SA 851! 49.00 851 v NZ at Auckland 2012

3 ( – ) Virat Kohli Ind 846! 50.56 846 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

4 (+2) Kumar Sangakkara SL 757 38.25 763 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

5= (-1) MS Dhoni Ind 752 51.70 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

(+2) Alastair Cook Eng 752! 42.06 752 v WI at The Oval 2012

7 (-2) Jonathan Trott Eng 743 49.25 781 v Ind at Mumbai 2011

8 ( – ) Michael Clarke Aus 708 45.74 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

9 (+1) Shane Watson Aus 698 41.65 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

10 (-2) Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 695 35.55 765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011

11 ( – ) Mike Hussey Aus 685 48.27 857 v NZ at Perth 2007

12 ( – ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 683! 35.63 683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

13 ( – ) Jacques Kallis SA 681 45.26 817 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

14 (-1) Umar Akmal Pak 677 38.48 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

15 ( – ) Martin Guptill NZ 668 39.51 684 v Zim at Napier 2012

16 ( – ) Brendan Taylor Zim 667! 34.84 667 v NZ at Napier 2012

17 ( – ) Gautam Gambhir Ind 666 40.49 722 v NZ at Vadodara 2010

18= ( – ) Mahela Jayawardene SL 653 33.41 738 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001

(+1) Brendon McCullum NZ 653 30.47 664 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009

20= ( – ) Jean-Paul Duminy SA 648 40.90 668 v Net at Mohali 2011

Selected rankings

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

24 (+3) Dinesh Chandimal SL 640* 37.09 667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012

28 (+2) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 619 42.15 623 v WI at Barbados 2011

30 (-1) Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 609 38.16 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

31 (+1) Chris Gayle WI 604 39.13 804 v Zim at Harare 2003

33 (-1) Kieron Pollard WI 592 26.11 596 v Aus at St Lucia 2012

35 (-1) Lendl Simmons WI 583* 33.14 629 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2011

37 (+12) Angelo Mathews SL 576 34.15 598 v Aus at Hambantota 2011

41 (-3) Upul Tharanga SL 556 33.06 663 v NZ at Napier 2006

42 (-1) Shahid Afridi Pak 554 23.48 663 v Ind at Lahore 1997

43 (+1) Kevin O’Brien Ire 552 33.03 582 v Eng at Bengaluru 2011

47 (-9) Mohammad Hafeez Pak 547 26.90 583 v SL at Sharjah 2011

49 (+11) Ian Bell Eng 544 35.18 702 v Ind at Edgbaston 2007

53 (-2) Younus Khan Pak 525 32.18 659 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

55 (+2) Craig Kieswetter Eng 517*! 31.00 517 v WI at The Oval 2012

68 (+13) Asad Shafiq Pak 480*. —- ICC

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