Dawid Malan rises four places to No 1 in T20 international batting rankings after scoring 129 against Australia
- Dawid Malan now tops the international battings charts in Twenty20 cricket
- Malan has jumped four places in the ratings after scoring 129 against Australia
- The 33-year-old is eight points ahead of Pakistan’s Babar Azam in second place
Dawid Malan has risen to number one in the Twenty20 international batting rankings following England’s 2-1 series win over Australia.
Yorkshire batsman Malan jumped four places in the ratings after stacking up 129 runs, including a man-of-the-match 66 in the opening match of three at the Ageas Bowl.
The 33-year-old is eight points ahead of Pakistan‘s Babar Azam, in a list that includes Indian superstar Virat Kohli in ninth place and England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan in 10th.
Dawid Malan has jumped four places to become top of the international T20 batting rankings
Adil Rashid, Malan’s county colleague, has moved up to seventh from ninth following another fine white-ball series in which he took six wickets.
England have strengthened their second-placed position, improving their ranking by three points by virtue of defeating the number one-ranked team – although they would have taken over at the summit themselves had they avoided defeat in the series finale on Tuesday evening.
Malan’s achievement is all the more remarkable given that he is not guaranteed a place in England’s best XI – he was omitted on the tour of South Africa earlier this year and would likely be ousted again when Jason Roy and Ben Stokes are available.
India captain Virat Kohli ranks ninth in the batting rankings one place ahead of Eoin Morgan
‘When you get limited opportunities, you have to make full use of them,’ said a player who has passed 50 in exactly half of his 16 T20 international innings.
‘So to do that when you’re under pressure is very satisfying. For anyone to break in to this team, you have to be extremely consistent and win games of cricket for England.’