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News24.com | Proteas’ Lizelle Lee rises to joint-top spot in ODI batting rankings


Lizelle Lee. (Gallo Images)

  • Lizelle Lee’s performance in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies has seen her rise back to the top of the ODI batting rankings.
  • Lee struck two unbeaten half-centuries in the first three ODIs with her 78*, helping South Africa clinch the five-ODI series on Monday.
  • Fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka moved up one spot to seventh in the Top 10 of the bowling rankings.

Proteas women’s opener Lizelle Lee has become the joint number one-ranked batter in the ICC ODI rankings following South Africa’s eight-wicket win against the West Indies on Monday.

Lee has continued her fine form all season in the ongoing five-match ODI series against West Indies, scoring 91*, 18 and 78*.

Following her 22nd half-century on Monday, Lee is now tied with India captain Mithali Raj at 762 rating points at the top of the ICC Women’s ODI batting rankings.

This is the third time that Lee has topped the ODI batting charts, having earlier taken the number one position in March for a week and also in June 2018.

Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk advanced one spot to reach 25th position among batters and six places to 19th among the bowlers. Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty moved up one place to 44th and Lara Goodall went up four places to 51st.

The Proteas women still have three bowlers in the Top 10 of the bowling rankings.

Fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka, who has taken six wickets in the ODI series to date, has advanced one place to seventh in the ODI bowling rankings. Tumi Sekhukhune has moved up up two places to 35th among the bowlers.

The Proteas take an unassailable 3-0 lead into the fourth ODI scheduled for Thursday (16:00 SA time).

ICC Women’s ODI rankings:

Batters

1. Lizelle Lee (RSA) – 762

1. Mithali Raj (IND) – 762

3. Alyssa Healy (AUS) – 756

4. Tammy Beaumont (ENG) – 754

5. Meg Lanning (AUS) – 723

6. Amy Satterthwaite (NZ) – 715

7. Stafanie Taylor (WI) – 707

8. Natalie Sciver (ENG) – 706

9. Smriti Mandhana (IND) – 701

10. Laura Wolvaardt (RSA) – 697

Bowlers

1. Jess Jonassen (AUS) – 808

2. Megan Schutt (AUS) – 762

3. Marizanne Kapp (RSA) – 749

4. Shabnim Ismail (RSA) – 708

5. Jhulan Goswami (IND) – 694

6. Sophie Ecclestone (ENG) – 668

7. Ayabonga Khaka (RSA) – 662

8. Katherine Brunt (ENG) – 646

9. Poonam Yadav (IND) – 617

10. Ellyse Perry (AUS) – 616



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