ICC T20I Ranking: Dawid Malan Moves Babar Azam to Top Position


English batsman Dawid Malan has taken the number one position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after a prolific home series against Australia, which England won 2-1. The 33-year-old left-hander has advanced four places after a streak of 129 points, including a player from the match effort of 66 in the first game. Malan, whose previous best ranking was second in November last year, is now eight rating points ahead of Babar Azam from Pakistan.

Malan’s teammates Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler have also made progress in Wednesday’s update. Bairstow has won three slots to reach a best 19th position in his career after scoring 72 runs in the series, while Buttler has moved up from 40th to 28th after scoring 121 runs in two games, earning him also won the Player of the Series award.

For Australia, captain Aaron Finch’s 125 runs helped him keep third. Glenn Maxwell also maintains his sixth position among the batsmen as he wins one slot to reach second place in the roster of all-rounders led by Afghan Mohammad Nabi.

English leg spinner Adil Rashid has won two slots to reach seventh position after finishing as the most successful bowler in the series with six wickets, while Australian left arm spinner Ashton Agar has held third position with his five wickets, behind Afghan spinning pair . from Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson entered the top 10 for the first time in his career after winning three wickets in the series, while fellow countryman Mitchell Starc (seven places up to 18th) and England’s Mark Wood (41 places up to 79th) also made significant gains.

Australia, meanwhile, has regained first place in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings after briefly conceding it to England during the series.

Australia started the series 10 points ahead of their rivals at 278, but was caught up after losing the first two games, when both were at 273 points, with England leading the way.

Australia, which was number one for the first time in this format at the time of the annual update on May 1 this year, is now at 275 points and England at 271.

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