ICC news July 25, 2013

Misbah climbs up ODI rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

After a productive series with the bat against West Indies, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen.

Misbah was Player of the Series for scoring 260 runs, which included four half-centuries in five matches, in Pakistan's 3-1 victory. The performance also helped him stretch his lead over Kumar Sangakkara as the leading ODI run-getter in 2013. Misbah now has 808 runs this year with nine half-centuries.

Umar Akmal, who was not part of Pakistan's Champions Trophy squad in June, also made a successful comeback to the side, scoring 175 runs at a strike rate of 111.46. It helped him jump ten places in the batsmen's rankings to 13.

Shahid Afridi, who had an excellent first match in which he scored a half-century and picked up seven wickets, also moved up the rankings and is now placed 28th among bowlers and 47th among batsmen.

The batmen's rankings continue to be led by the South African pair of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, followed by Virat Kohli. Sunil Narine heads the bowlers' list, followed by England's Steven Finn and James Anderson.

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