West Indies women top ICC Championship table


October 27, 2015
WICB Media/Randy Brooks West Indies Women's skipper, Stafanie Taylor, bats under the glow of the scoreboard on Saturday night, during the fourth and final one-day international against Pakistan Women at Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St Lucia.

The West Indies women's cricket team has joined world number one Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council's Women's Championship table following their 3-0 win over Pakistan in St Lucia on Saturday.

The team leapfrogged South Africa and is now level with Australia on 16 points.

However, both Australia and South Africa have played one less round of matches. In their fourth round matches next year, Australia will host India and South Africa will host England.

The ICC Women's Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017. The top four sides from the ICC Women's Championship will obtain automatic qualification for the event proper to be staged in England.

The ICC Women's Team Rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of the three-match T20I series, which will be played in St George's, Grenada, from October 29 to November 1.

The West Indies' dominance is also reflected in the last ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings, which has seen a number of its players move in the right direction.

Team captain Stafanie Taylor has claimed three places to third in the ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings for Batters, while there were notable gains for Nain Abidi (up six places to 25th), Merissa Aguilleira (up 14 places to 28th), Asmavia Iqbal (up six places to a career-high 42nd), Britney Cooper (up 16 places to 71st) and Aliya Riaz (up 12 places to 100th).

In the ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings for Bowlers, Anisa Mohammed has retained her second place behind runaway leader Jhulan Goswami of India, while 24-year-old skipper Taylor has dropped one place to fourth.

Taylor continues to lead the all-rounders' tables and holds a 65-point advantage over Australia's Ellyse Perry.

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