Cricket

Watson world's top all-rounder

2011-04-14 18:11
Shane Watson (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Australia's Shane Watson has become the top-ranked ODI all-rounder and has also achieved a career-best ranking to date in the ICC ODI Rankings, which were released on Thursday at the end of Bangladesh and Australia series that finished on Wednesday.

Watson has pipped Shakib Al Hasan into number-one position in the all-rounders' rankings after taking three wickets and scoring 294 runs in the series. He now leads the Bangladesh captain by a comfortable 44 points margin.

For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes has climbed four places to 42nd position but Shakib has slipped two places to 26th spot.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Mitchell Johnson's seven wickets in the series have given him a lift of seven places and he now sits in sixth position. Brett Lee is the other Australian bowler who has improved his ranking as he has returned to the top 20 in 20th position after a jump of three places.

The news for Bangladesh bowlers is not very good as Abdur Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Mortaza have dropped in the latest rankings. Razzak has fallen five places to 11th position, Shakib has slipped three places to 15th spot and Mashrafe has dropped four places to 36th place.

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