ICC news September 1, 2013

Hafeez, Hales top ICC rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Hafeez reclaimed the number one ranking for ODI allrounders after his efforts set up a 2-1 series victory for Pakistan over Zimbabwe, while Alex Hales is at the top of the T20I batting rankings following his 94 against Australia on Saturday.

Hafeez struck 232 runs and took two wickets in three ODIs, earning 26 points which helped him leapfrog to the top. He had reached the summit once before, following Pakistan's tour of India in January. Along with 14 wickets so far this year, Hafeez has accumulated 732 runs at an average of 40.66, which includes two centuries.

Hales fell six runs short of becoming the first England batsman to make a T20 century, but the innings helped him receive 65 rating points to displace former incumbent, New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum and record his first stint at the No. 1 spot.

Hales made his T20I debut against India in August 2011 and was out for a golden duck, but followed up with an unbeaten 62 against West Indies. He has twice been dismissed in the 90s in his short career, with 99 against West Indies in 2011.

Pakistan dropped one point despite winning the ODI series, while Zimbabwe's victory in the first match, their first against Pakistan in 15 years, helped them earn three rating points. Both teams remain at their previous rankings of six, with 101 points and ten, with 55 points respectively.

After a 1-1 scoreline, there has not been any disturbance to England and Australia's places on the T20 rankings either. Though Australia, by virtue of gaining one point, went clear of New Zealand and took sole possession of the No. 7 slot with 103 points. England are nine points ahead of Australia and are ranked No. 6.

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  • Jawwad on September 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Thanks Faizan- Hafeez had a very poor start to his International career due to which his average always lingered around 15 (Remember his pretty 20's?) but since his 2010 return he's had a great run with both bat and ball (Specially ball) and deservingly is the best all rounder as rankings suggest which may not be fair to some. He definitely in on top of his game at the moment.

  • junaid on September 2, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Sorry greens, why not just appreciate what we got or hope for replacements soon for a better preparation of WC.

  • Android on September 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    to all those people who talk without knowing the true story ,since his return to cricket in 2010 hafeez has scored 2603 runs in 70 odis at an avg of 40+ with 6 100s only misbah has scored more for pak , if we began to undervalue 100s at flat tracks or agains minnows some greats will not remain greats

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    One of the greatest ODI players ever.

  • Yasser on September 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    These rankings have got to be a joke! Hafeez is a mediocre player who has never performed against a quality opposition. His average is inflated due to his 2 centuries against Zimbabwe and Ireland. He has averaged 20 and below in every other series.

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    "Hafeez struck 232 runs and took two wickets in three ODIs, earning 26 points which helped him leapfrog to the top." Its wrong...He took 6 wickets...and not two.

  • Syed on September 1, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Decent and economical bowler Hafeez is but can only score big against weak teams and on flat tracks.

  • Jawwad on September 1, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam - In order to stake a claim of any sort you need to be healthy. Injury prone players like Shakib Hassan are just a flash and do not have lasting careers. He was good when he played.

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    english cricket stuart broad : yeah he is a good hitter slogger and a nyc player to have at the "end" and that too in TESTS this is ODI :P :P n the rising team , pak has the least number of matches be it tests or odi as compared to other teams , only wi has fewer which i cannot confirm at the moment , but the sad thing is all ftp are made on the consent of the board , so basicly both r boards r responsible for this , if u r so free then plx organise frequent tours with zim afg ire etc as it will help both ur cause if other teams r not available ,

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    hafeez become no1 odi allrounder

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