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Taylor stakes claim for top batting slot

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sat, Jan 05, 2013 14:01 hrs

Dubai, Jan 5 (IBNS) Stafanie Taylor will be the cynosure of all eyes as she plays a part for the West Indies in the side's upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa from 7 January at Basseterre in St Kitts.

The series is the last international engagement for both West Indies and South Africa before the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 gets underway in Mumbai.

While West Indies is drawn in Group A alongside England, India and Sri Lanka; South Africa is in Group B alongside Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in the showpiece event scheduled to be held from 31 January to 17 February.



Taylor is currently placed second on the Reliance ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI batters. The 21-year-old West Indies batter trails number-one ranked India captain Mithali Raj by 30 ratings points at 737.

The five-match series against South Africa offers Taylor an opportunity to close the gap between herself and India's captain.

The other batters within the top 20 to be seen in action during the series include Deandra Dottin (12th) and Merissa Aguilleira (13th) of the West Indies and South Africa's Trisha Chetty (16th) and former captain Cri-Zelda Brits (20th), all of whom will be hoping to make inroads on the rankings table.

Taylor also tops the Reliance ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders and will have a chance to further strengthen her hold of the position during the series. Australia's Lisa Sthalekar is currently ranked second on the table.

Taylor is also ranked seventh on the Reliance ICC Women's Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, showing how strong a player the current ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year is and the upcoming series, along with the ICC Women's World Cup 2013, will prove an ideal opportunity for the Jamaican to cement her places in the various tables she features.

Players who appear in the top 20 of the bowlers' table who will be playing in the upcoming series in St Kitts and Dominica, include the South African pair of Sunette Loubser (14th), and Shibnam Ismail (18th) as well as Taylor's West Indies team-mate Shakera Selman (19th).


Upcoming Fixtures

West Indies v South Africa

7 Jan - First ODI, Basseterre

9 Jan - Second ODI, Basseterre

12 Jan - Third ODI, Roseau

13 Jan - Fourth ODI, Roseau

15 Jan - Fifth ODI, Roseau


Reliance ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings (as of 5 January before West Indies v South Africa ODI series)



Batters



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Mithali Raj Ind 767 48.30 839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodara 2004

2 ( - ) Stafanie Taylor WI 737 45.88 765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

3 ( - ) Sarah Taylor Eng 660 39.42 803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

4 ( - ) Lydia Greenway Eng 640 31.19 664 v NZ at Lincoln 2012

5 (+6) A Satterthwaite NZ 637 28.90 653 v Aus at Sydney 2012

6 (+4) Meg Lanning Aus 635*! 50.50 635 v NZ at Sydney 2012

7 (+11) Suzie Bates NZ 611! 32.60 611 v Aus at Sydney 2012

8= (-2) C Edwards Eng 581 36.51 699 v NZ at Lincoln 2012

(-3) Alex Blackwell Aus 581 32.59 683 v Ind at Canberra 2008

10 (-2) Jessica Cameron Aus 575*! 38.68 575 v NZ at Sydney 2012

11 (-4) Harpreet Kaur Ind 571*! 30.04 571 v Eng at Wormsley 2012

12 (-3) Deandra Dottin WI 561 25.34 617 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

13 ( - ) M Aguilleira WI 513! 21.08 513 v SL at Winward Park 2012

14 (-2) Sara McGlashan NZ 510 23.02 573 v Eng at Derby 2007

15 (+5) Nicola Browne NZ 500 27.71 645 v Aus at Lincoln 2008

16 ( - ) Trisha Chetty SA 495* 34.41 515 v Eng at Potchefstroom 2011

17 (-3) Lisa Sthalekar Aus 476 30.95 801 v Ind at Sydney 2008

18 (-1) Amita Sharma Ind 474 17.32 505 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2012

19 (-4) Leah Poulton Aus 469 25.19 529 v NZ at Sydney 2012

20 (-1) Cri-Zelda Brits SA 463 31.45 565 v Net at Potchefstroom (N) 2010



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking



1 (+1) Katherine Brunt Eng 777 21.68 3.21 781 v Aus at Wormsley 2011

2 (-1) Lisa Sthalekar Aus 764 25.27 3.73 779 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

3 (+1) Jhulan Goswami Ind 695 21.87 3.19 796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

4 (-1) Ellyse Perry Aus 685 22.74 4.22 698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

5 ( - ) Laura Marsh Eng 642 25.77 3.80 711 v Aus at Perth 2011

6 ( - ) A Mohammed WI 634* 14.60 2.94 642 v SL at Winward Park 2012

7 ( - ) Stafanie Taylor WI 601* 16.36 2.84 640 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

8 (+1) Gouher Sultana Ind 568* 19.09 3.19 590 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2012

9 (+1) Jenny Gunn Eng 548 28.26 3.76 669 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

10 (+1) Shanel Daley WI 525*! 18.84 3.20 525 v SL at Winward Park 2012

11 (+1) Sana Mir Pak 524* 25.73 3.49 525 v Ire at Dublin 2012

12 (-4) Nicola Browne NZ 512 34.16 3.90 663 v Eng at Derby 2011

13 (+9) Erin Osborne Aus 511*! 29.75 3.85 511 v NZ at Sydney 2012

14 (-1) Sunette Loubser SA 504* 17.96 3.11 518 v Ban at Dhaka 2012

15 (-1) Rumeli Dhar Ind 497 27.38 3.43 696 v Eng at Mumbai (BKC) 2010

16 (-1) S Siriwardene SL 489 22.46 3.54 535 v Eng at Colombo (NCC) 2010

17 (-1) Holly Colvin Eng 484 22.45 3.61 715 v Aus at Lord´s 2009

18 (-1) Shibnam Ismail SA 478*! 21.56 3.56 478 v Ban at Dhaka 2012

19 (-1) Shakera Selman WI 460*! 25.88 3.00 460 v SL at Winward Park 2012

20 (-1) C Seneviratna SL 449* 27.57 3.28 457 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2003





All-rounders



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking



1 ( - ) Stafanie Taylor WI 443/* 481 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

2 ( - ) Lisa Sthalekar Aus 364 511 v Ind at Canberra 2008

3 ( - ) Nicola Browne NZ 256 377 v Eng at Lincoln 2008

4 ( - ) Ellyse Perry Aus 234*/ ! 234 v NZ at Sydney 2012

5 ( - ) Shanel Daley WI 228*/*! 228 v SL at Winward Park 2012

6 ( - ) Jenny Gunn Eng 215 348 v Aus at Melbourne 2008

7 ( - ) Amita Sharma Ind 212 253 v WI at St Kitts (WP) 2012

8 ( - ) Jhulan Goswami Ind 210 245 v Aus at Ahmedabad 2012

9 ( - ) S Siriwardene SL 196 236 v Pak at Canberra 2009

10 ( - ) Laura Marsh Eng 181*/ 209 v Ind at Lord´s 2012

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