Taylor loses top spot in rankings

July 19, 2017
Stafanie Taylor with the ball during a West Indies Women's training session during the ICC Women's World Cup at Grace Road in Leicester, England.

 

LONDON (CMC):

West Indies Women's wretched outing in the ICC World Cup has cost captain Stafanie Taylor her lofty position in the ICC rankings.

The elegant right-hander's form matched that of her side as she managed a mere 179 runs in her seven outings at an average of 25, while picking up five wickets with her off-spin at an average of 38.

Those performances saw her plummet in the rankings announced Sunday, displaced as the world's leading all-rounder to slip to number two.

Australian Ellyse Perry has taken over the number-one spot after scoring 366 runs and taking nine wickets during the just-concluded preliminary phase of the World Cup.

Taylor also slumped in the batting rankings, sliding four places to ninth, but was the only West Indies player in the top-10 as Deandra Dottin slipped from eighth to 14th.

The pair were the only two Caribbean players in the top 20, but Chedean Nation jumped a whopping 76 places to 106th, following her 172 runs at 24.

Teenaged opener Hayley Matthews (32nd), Merissa Aguilleira (36th) and left-hander Kycia Knight (46th) were the three other West Indies players in the top 50.

Aussie Meg Lanning remains top of the pile with Indian stroke-maker Mithali Raj still second, but Perry has moved up three spots to occupy third.

In the bowling rankings, Taylor has dropped one place to third with front line off-spinner Anisa Mohammed sliding three places to 10th, despite picking up seven wickets at 24 apiece.

Left-arm spinner Shanel Daley (36th), off-spinner Matthews (38th), fast bowler Shakera Selman (40th), seamer Tremayne Smartt (44th) and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher (46th) round out the top 50.

West Indies, the reigning Twenty20 World champions, finished sixth on four points to miss out on qualification for the semi-finals at the ongoing World Cup here.

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