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ICC T20 Rankings: England's Dawid Malan retains top slot with highest-ever points

ICC T20 Rankings: Englands Dawid Malan retains top slot

Dubai, December 2: Dawid Malan has attained the highest-ever rating points for batsmen in the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings after a terrific run saw him top the series aggregate with 173 runs and help England blank South Africa 3-0.

The 33-year-old left-hander has reached 915 points, the first to cross the 900-point mark after Australian Aaron Finch's 900-point achievement in July 2018. Malan now enjoys a 44-point lead over Pakistan's Babar Azam, whom he overtook to become number one in September this year.

Malan's player of the series performance included a match-winning 99 not out in the final match and helped England leapfrog Australia to take top position in the ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings.

England, who had started the series at 271 points, are now level with Australia at 275 points but ahead on decimal points. South Africa and New Zealand retain their fifth and sixth positions while the West Indies have slipped behind Afghanistan to 10th place after losing 2-0 to New Zealand in another series, performances of which are also included in Wednesday's rankings update.

England's Jos Buttler has gained seven spots to reach 21st position while South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen's continued good form, which saw him score 136 runs in the series, has lifted him 17 places to a career-best fifth position. Faf du Plessis's return to form, with an aggregate of 121 runs, has pushed him into the top 20.

Among the bowlers, England's leg-spinner Adil Rashid is back to the 700-point mark, gaining three places to reach number 4. He is just one spot below his career-best third position achieved in November 2018. The top seven bowlers are all spinners, with Tabraiz Shamsi, South Africa's top ranked bowler in 5th place.

 
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Story first published: Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 14:56 [IST]
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