Meg Lanning returns to top five in ODI batters’ rankings

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Meg Lanning returns to top five in ODI batters’ rankings

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Leigh Kasperek’s nine wickets in two games helps her get to No. 17 on the bowlers’ chart

Leigh Kasperek‘s career-best returns of 6 for 46, followed by 3 for 24, in the recently concluded ODI series against Australia has pushed her seven spots up to No. 17 among bowlers in the ICC rankings in the 50-over format, even as Meg Lanning‘s contributions with the bat in Australia’s 3-0 wipeout of New Zealand in that series helped her move back into the top five among batters.

Lanning scored a useful 51-ball 49 in the second ODI against New Zealand, in what was a 71-run win, and then hit 15 in the rain-curtailed third match, which also went Australia’s way, by 21 runs. That helped them stretch their winning streak to 24 matches – when they won the first match of the series to make it 22 wins in a row, Lanning’s team created a new world record by beating the mark of 21 set by Ricky Ponting’s Australia in 2003. Lanning had last been No. 1 in ODIs last October.

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