ICC news October 24, 2011

Twenty20 rankings launched with England on top

ESPNcricinfo staff

England, the reigning World Twenty20 champions, have topped the ICC's inaugural rankings for the shortest format of the game. England batsman Eoin Morgan tops the batting ratings, Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis is the top bowler and Australia's Shane Watson the No. 1 allrounder.

England have 127 points and are ahead of Sri Lanka, who have 126 in the rankings, announced on Monday. If England win their T20 against India at Eden Gardens on October 29, they will have a four-point lead over Sri Lanka. If they lose, though, they will slip below Sri Lanka and India.

"The introduction of rankings for international Twenty20 cricket provides real context to the various series played between member countries on an ongoing basis," England's team director Andy Flower said. "Until now we haven't had the chance to play a large number of Twenty20 Internationals so this will offer a benchmark as to who is performing at international level."

The next four teams - New Zealand (117), South Africa, India and Australia - were separated by only six points. Pakistan, who won the World Twenty20 in 2009, were ranked seventh followed by West Indies, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh, along with Associate Members Canada, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland, which have T20 international status, will join the table as soon as they have played sufficient matches (at least eight T20s since August 2009) to qualify for a ranking.

Since August 2009, England played 20 T20s, winning 12, losing six and two no-results. Pakistan played the most matches (24) during the same period, but lost more than 50% of its matches, which contributed to its low rating.

Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen were No. 2 and 3 behind Morgan in the rankings for batsmen, while spinners occupy seven of the top ten spots for bowlers. "I believe spin bowlers have adapted to T20 cricket better than most," Daniel Vettori, who has retired from T20s, said. "To see spinners succeed in a tough environment is great for the game and means bowlers can enjoy Twenty20 cricket, most of the time!"

Watson, the No. 1 allrounder, is followed by Shahid Afridi, David Hussey and Mohammad Hafeez. Abdul Razzaq, at No. 10, is the third Pakistan player among the top ten allrounders.

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  • david on October 26, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    i have 2 admit england and 50odis england can be rubbish as shows in india now. but guys this is a t20 news item on this page randyOZ for a change is right its just as usual with him puts in in the wrong news item god bless him . but when we can get a full team out, we can be good and better than most, hence we r top. and as we are also t20 world cups winners in that format. i think enough said.dpk

  • david on October 26, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    using the icc T2020 points indicator. the points table will change after every match. so there will be interest on every game.for example over the next 4 international T2020 games are won by the home teams. that been ind v eng pak v sl aus v ind and aus v ind,england will go top again. funny when the tests /50odis used to take ages to change this can be done on a game to game basis. for once icc seems to have at least given it abit of spice.you could get during a busy T2020 month the league top position change hands 3/4times.dpk

  • sajjo on October 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    these rankings are so ridiculous. they only did it from august 2009 just to ensure england would be number 1... they easily could have done it from 2007 world cup as its only 4 yrs of results and not too many matchs. pakistan and india would have been in the top 3.. and if england are 1st, how can west indies be 8? they have played 7 matchs against each other and west indies have won 5! this is just nonsense, many fans around the world will not pay any attention to these rankings..

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    England are useless. The 50 over format is the real cricket, not the lottery style 20 over cricket. As for test cricket, most of their points which contributed to their no 1 was home games. Aus went through a slump when they retained the ashes in Aus. England can't play away from consisantly, wait and see. It is very hard for me to see the England side on paper as world beaters - when last did they play South Africa? Aus are also building up slowly again, watch out England, you have been lucky until now.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Afghanistan, at No. 9, is a correct decision. Afghanistan has alot of potential and InshaAllah, soon they will be amongst the Best T-20 teams in the World ........... :-) ..

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Guys if India beats England on Saturday in T20 and Australia in T20(2 matches in Feb 2012) that they play next year.... I think India can maintain No.1 Ranking in T20 for atleast 1 year....

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    We are hoping more hopes from our team.

  • Randolph on October 26, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Carefactor - zero. Theyre still rubbish in ODIs and Oz still 1. When we dominate cricket we dominated every format.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    England No:1?????????????????? funniest joke in my whole lifetime

  • Johnathon on October 26, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    Pakistan 7th and England as No. 1 is a HUGE joke. Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Pakistan are the three most successful teams in this format. Though India has some of the best T20 cricketers and host the IPL, they dont do good internationally (for the strangest reason). Ranking should be as follows: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, India, West Indies, Bangla, Afghanistan. How Afghanistan beat Bangladesh and Ireland in the ratings, i will never know

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