Australia’s Shane Watson has become the top-ranked ODI all-rounder and has also achieved a career-best ranking in the ODI batting rankings which were released on Thursday at the end of the Bangladesh-Australia series.
Watson has pipped Shakib Al Hasan into number-one position in the all-rounders’ rankings after taking three wickets and scoring 294 runs in the series. He now leads the Bangladesh captain by a comfortable 44-point margin.
Watson’s scores of 37, 185 not out and 72 in the series have also helped the 29-year-old Queenslander vault nine places to a career-best fourth position. He is now the highest-ranked Australia batsman, with Mike Hussey staying in sixth place, captain Michael Clarke rising two places to 11th spot and former captain Ricky Ponting moving one place up to 16th position.
In the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, Mitchell Johnson’s seven wickets in the series have given him a lift of seven places and he now sits in sixth position. Brett Lee is the other Australian bowler to have improved his ranking, returning to 20th position after a jump of three places.
Meanwhile, India and Australia have won 175,000 American dollars each for finishing as the number-one ranked sides in Test and ODI Championship tables, respectively at the 1 April 2011 cut-off date. Cricket365