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October 15, 2008
Jacob Oram's series-winning performance with both bat and ball against Bangladesh has propelled him to the top of the ICC ODI allrounder rankings, ahead of England's Andrew Flintoff and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik.
Adjudged Player of the Series, Oram scored 135 runs in the three ODIs at 67.50 and took four wickets at 12.50, helping New Zealand to a 2-1 win.
He also returned to the top 10 in the ODI bowler rankings, and moved eight places up to No. 33 in the ODI batsman rankings just behind Jamie How, who gained six places. Following his match-winning century in the third ODI at Chittagong, Ross Taylor also gained three places to No. 29 among the bastmen.
Kyle Mills broke in to the top five in the bowler rankings after taking six wickets at 10.83 in the series. However, a disappointing series saw Daniel Vettori handing the top spot to Australia's Nathan Bracken who became the No. 1 ODI bowler for the first time in his career. Vettori had a disappointing series with just one wicket in three matches at an average of 112.0.
Bangladesh's victory in the first match in Dhaka pushed up Shakib Al Hasan 14 places to No. 25 in the bowling rankings ahead of Mashrafe Mortaza (No. 31) and Syed Rasel (No. 35). In the batting rankings, Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful rose 12 places to No. 47 while Tamim Iqbal dropped five places to No. 40.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be at the top of the batting rankings with Australia's Michael Hussey in second and South Africa's Graeme Smith in third.
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