Proteas women soar in ICC ODI rankings

Ayabonga Khaka (Gallo Images)
Ayabonga Khaka (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka broke into the top 10 of the ICC ODI Player Rankings for women, claiming eighth position among bowlers following her strong performances in the recent ODI series against Bangladesh.

South Africa whitewashed Bangladesh 5-0 in the series  played between May 4 and 14, and several of their players rose up the rankings announced on the ICC's website as a result. 

Khaka's rise, by 590 ranking points, made it four South African bowlers in the top 10, with Marizanne Kapp (3), Shabnim Ismail (6) and Dane van Niekerk (9) holding their positions.

Raisibe Ntozakhe, who topped the wicket-takers' chart with eight wickets, made the most notable jump, surging up 31 places from 85th to 54th among bowlers.

Khaka, the second-highest wicket-taker, claimed seven wickets from four matches. She also registered her career-best bowling figures in the third match, returning match figures of 3/13. 

Chloe Tryon, the vice-captain, who had two player of the match performances in the series, climbed in in both the batting, bowling and all-rounder rankings.

Tryon moved up four places to 22nd in the batting rankins, up 14 places to 67 in the bowling rankings and up 14 to be 21st among all-rounders. 

Van Niekerk, the captain, moved up to third in the all-rounders list. She contributed with four wickets and 73 runs in the series.  

Ellyse Perry continues to be No 1 among batters and all-rounders, while Jess Jonassen tops the bowling charts.

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