Angelo Mathews breaks into top-five in ODI all-rounders' rankings

By Staff Writers | November 13, 2012

PhotoSri Lankan vice-captain Angelo Mathews has broken into the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders in the latest rankings released on Tuesday.

Mathews moved up a place to fifth and also achieved his career-best rating of 331 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Hambantota. The all-rounders’ table is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, with Mohammad Hafeez in second position, followed by Shane Watson in third place.

The five-match series between hosts Sri Lanka and New Zealand was marred by rain and ended in favour of Sri Lanka 3-0.

Mathews made 63 runs in four innings to also move up a place to 37th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. A right-arm medium-pacer, Mathews, also picked up two wickets during the series to jump five places to 31st in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

The highest run-getter in the series, BJ Watling, earned a jump of 31 places in the batting table to 76th for his 166 runs from three innings.

The lone centurion in the series, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 139 runs in only two appearances in the series due to an injury, moved up three places to 12th.

Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara dropped one place to fifth, Ross Taylor dropped by three to 18th, Mahela Jayawardene moved to 22nd (down by two), Brendon McCullum dropped to 25th (down by four), Dinesh Chandimal moved to 32nd (down by one), Rob Nicol dropped to 81st (down by five) and Jacob Oram dropped to 83rd (down by six).

South Africa’s Hashim Amla is the top-ranked batsman, followed by Virat Kohli in second and AB de Villiers in third spot.

Jeevan Mendis was the most impressive mover in the bowlers’ table, as he was rewarded a jump of 23 places to 84th for his five wickets. The other Sri Lanka bowlers to make upward movements were Lasith Malinga in 19th (up by one), Nuwan Kulasekara in 22nd (up by one) and Rangana Herath in 40th (up by three).

New Zealand's Tim Southee, who also picked five wickets, moved up a place to 15th.

But the series did not bring good news for the other New Zealand bowlers, as Kyle Mills now sits in 12th place (down by three) and Jacob Oram is 17th (down by four).

The bowlers’ table is still headed by Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, with his team-mate Mohammad Hafeez in second position and Lonwabo Tsotsobe in third place.

The 3-0 series win also fetched Sri Lanka two ratings points, and the team is now in fifth place in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship, on 109 points, while New Zealand is still in eighth place with 72 ratings points.

Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as on 13 November, after Sri Lanka-New Zealand series)

Rank / Team / Rating

1 England 121

2 South Africa 121

3 India 120

4 Australia 113

5 Sri Lanka 109

6 Pakistan 104

7 West Indies 94

8 New Zealand 72

9 Bangladesh 71

10 Zimbabwe 50

11 Ireland 35

12 Netherlands 16

13 Kenya 11

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 13 November after Sri Lanka-New Zealand series)

Batsmen

Rank / (+/-) / Player / Team / Pts

1 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 901

2 ( - ) Virat Kohli Ind 858

3 ( - ) AB de Villiers SA 852

4 (+1) Jonathan Trott Eng 749

5 (-1) K Sangakkara SL 746

6 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 745

7 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 718

8 ( - ) Alastair Cook Eng 707

9 ( - ) Gautam Gambhir Ind 689

10 ( - ) Mike Hussey Aus 688

Bowlers

Rank / (+/-) / Player / Team / Pts

1 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 759

2 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 747

3 ( - ) L Tsotsobe SA 690*

4 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 681

5 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 676

6 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 668*

7 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 661

8 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 655

9 (+1) Dale Steyn SA 644

10 (+1) Abdur Razzak Ban 637

All-rounders

Rank / (+/-) / Player / Team / Pts

1 ( - ) S Al Hasan Ban 447

2 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 413

3 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 395

4 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 326

5 (+1) Angelo Mathews SL 325

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