Morne Morkel now top ODI bowler

2011-10-27 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s Morne Morkel has taken over as the number one-ranked bowler from England’s Graeme Swann in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for bowlers.

On Sunday, Morkel produced a man of the match performance by taking 4-22 in South Africa’s series-levelling 80-run victory over Australia in Port Elizabeth. Two days later Swann, who had entered in the series against India in number one position, finished a disappointing tour of India when he managed only two wickets at 95.50 in Kolkata.

Morkel now leads second-ranked Daniel Vettori of New Zealand by just two ratings points. He will have to produce a solid performance in tomorrow’s ODI in Durban if he wants to hold on to the number one spot.

Morkel’s rise to the top means that South African players dominate the Reliance ICC Test and ODI Player Rankings. Besides Morkel, Hashim Amla is the top-ranked ODI batsman while the Test rankings are led by fast bowler Dale Steyn and elegant stroke-maker Jacques Kallis.

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings: (as on 26 October after India-England and Zimbabwe-New Zealand ODI series)

ICC Rankings: Batsmen

Ranking Name Country Rating Points

1 Hashim Amla SA 841

2 AB de Villiers SA 796

3 MS Dhoni Ind 778

3 Jonathan Trott Eng 778

5 Virat Kohli Ind 759

6 Shane Watson Aus 750

7 Kumar Sangakkara SL 747

8 Mike Hussey Aus 734

9 Michael Clarke Aus 720

10 Jacques Kallis SA 695

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