England’s Dawid Malan leaps to top of ICC’s T20 world batting rankings

Dawid Malan

England’s Dawid Malan has become the world’s number one Twenty20 batsman after a productive series against Australia saw him jump four places to top spot.

Malan, 33, has played just 16 T20 internationals but an impressive return to the side this year has catapulted him above some of the format’s existing global stars.

He scored 66, 42 and 21 against Australia, taking his career average to 48.71 and his overall strike-rate to a punishing 146.66.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam moves down a place to number two in the ICC rankings, followed by Australia skipper Aaron Finch who remains third.

Adil Rashid moved up two places to seventh on the bowling rankings after finishing with a series-leading six wickets.

The leg-spinner took three for 21 during Monday’s third and final T20 match as England won the series 2-1, but lost their status as the number one ranked team in the format to Australia.

The tourists’ spinner Ashton Agar remains in third after taking five wickets, while seamer Kane Richardson climbed into the top 10.

Malan’s morning of good news continued when he was added as a reserve for the three-match ODI series, having initially been left out of the 50-over group entirely.

Instead, his good form has seen him replace Joe Denly on a three-man standby list. His hopes of getting on the field are still distant, though, with opener Jason Roy passed fit after a side strain. He has been added to what is now a 14-strong squad.

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