Proteas women openers shoot up ICC rankings after sensational World Cup

Proteas women openers shoot up ICC rankings after sensational World Cup

Proteas opening pair Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits have attained career best positions in the ICC Women's T20I player rankings after helping the hosts reach their first ever World Cup final.

Wolvaardt, who scored 53 in the semi-final win against England and a valiant 61 against Australia in the final that her team lost by 19 runs to finish as the most prolific batter in the tournament, has shot up eight places to sixth in the rankings.

Brits' player of the match effort of 68 in the semifinal sees her advance five places to 12th position.

South Africa seamers Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka have also moved up. Ismail has progressed from 11th to seventh while Khaka has advanced from 21st to 14th.

Marizanne Kappe and England spinner Charlie Dean are among others to advance among bowlers in the latest weekly rankings update.

Others to move up the rankings for batters include England's Dannie Wyatt (up two places to 16th), Bangladesh captain Nigar Sultana (up two places to 21st) and India all-rounder Deepti Sharma (up one place to 28th).

England spinner Sophie Ecclestone's figures of 3-22 in her four overs in the semi-final was enough to make her just the second bowler in history to go past 800 rating points in the Women's T20I bowlers' rankings.

Australia seamer Megan Schutt peaked at 805 in 2019 and is the only other woman to reach that barrier. Ecclestone is currently on 801 rating points.

Australian Darcie Brown took seven wickets in the tournament conceding just five runs per over in her 21 overs and is now in third place after gaining five places.

Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who was named player of the tournament, has gained nine rating points to consolidate her position as the top all-rounder with a career best 458 rating points after scoring 110 runs and grabbing 10 wickets in the global competition.