Shrubsole moves to career-best rankings position

England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole has broken into the top 10 of the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for the first time in her career.

This comes after she played a star role in the knockout phase of the Women’s World Cup 2017 which culminated with her side’s nine runs victory over India in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.

Shrubsole has moved up nine slots to a career-best seventh position after her player of the match effort of six for 46 in a thrilling final before a packed to capacity crowd. Shrubsole had also picked one for 33 in the semi-final against South Africa, which her team won by two wickets.

Other England bowlers too had much to cheer about in the latest rankings, which took into account the semi-finals and final of the eight-team tournament played across five venues in the United Kingdom. Laura Marsh has gained one place to move to 19th position, while Jenny Gunn has moved up two places to 20th spot.

Among the England batsmen, Sarah Taylor has progressed three positions to 12th rank after notching up 54 in the semi-final and 45 in the final. Taylor, who was chosen as the wicket-keeper in the team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 announced on Monday, aggregated 396 runs to finish fourth in the list of run-scorers in the tournament.

For India, Harmanpreet Kaur’s swashbuckling 171 not out helped India defeat Australia by 36 runs in the semi-final and she followed that with a fighting 51 in the final against England. These performances are well rewarded in the latest rankings as she has moved up seven slots to sixth position.

She is now the second India batsman to feature in the top after Mithali Raj, who is ranked second – 10 points behind Australia captain Meg Lanning. Australia’s Ellyse Perry is third, trailing Raj by 12 points.