Warner rises to No.1 in ODI rankings, Babar breaks into top 10

Australia’s fiery left-hander David Warner has soared to the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings, a result of the sensational performances in the 50-over format since the start of 2016.

Warner’s career-best score of 179 against Pakistan in the fifth and final ODI match saw him accumulate 367 runs in the series at an average of 73.4, including two consecutive hundreds in Sydney and Adelaide.

Warner has amassed 1755 runs in 28 ODI’s played since the start of last year at an average of 65 and strike rate of 106.94, including nine tons and four fifties. His purple patch was acknowledged as he won the Allan Border Medal for the second time and also bagged ODI Player of the Year award.

Warner became No.1 ODI batsmen for the first time in his career, going past AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli to achieve this feat.

“It is a huge year for one-day cricket with the ICC Champions Trophy later this year and I am hoping I can take my good form into that tournament and help Australia lift the trophy for the third time,” Warner said in an ICC statement.

“It is always a great honour and very nice to receive these accolades but from my perspective my job is to put our team into winning positions and I have been fortunate that I have been able to do that lately.”

Also, Pakistan’s Adelaide Centurion Babar Azam broke into the top 10 for the first time, gaining five spots to secure the tenth position. Azam also had a traffic year in ODI cricket: he amassed 938 runs in 16 matches since the start of 2016.

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Azam has also joined the illustrious company of Sir Viv Richards, Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Quinton de Kock in 2016 by becoming the joint-fastest man to score 1000 runs in ODI cricket.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood also made significant leaps in the ICC ODI bowlers’ rankings: Starc moved up to the second spot from fourth while Hazlewood jumped five places to end on fifth.

New Zealand’s Trent Boult retains his positions as the No.1 fast bowlers in the ICC ODI rankings.

ICC ODI batsman rankings

1 David Warner (Aus) 880 points
2 AB de Villiers (SA) 861
3 Virat Kohli (Ind) 852
4 Quinton de Kock (SA) 779
5 Kane Williamson (NZ) 770
6 Joe Root (Eng) 753
7 Hashim Amla (SA) 748
8 Steve Smith (Aus) 740
9 Martin Guptill (NZ) 735
10 Babar Azam (Pak) 733

ICC ODI bowler rankings

1 Trent Boult (NZ) 718 points
2 Mitchell Starc (Aus) 713
3 Imran Tahir (SA) 712
4 Sunil Narine (WI) 711
5 Josh Hazlewood (Aus) 672
6 Shakib al Hasan (Ban) 643
7 Matt Henry (NZ ) 641
8 Kagiso Rabada (SA) 628
9 Adil Rashid (Eng) 628
10 Mohammad Nabi (Afg) 619

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