England news July 10, 2011

Swann crowned world No. 1 ODI bowler

ESPNcricinfo staff

Graeme Swann has become the world's No. 1 one-day spinner after his eight wickets helped England to a 3-2 series win against Sri Lanka.

It is the first time he has reached the landmark in his career and he overtakes New Zealand's left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who had held the spot since September 2009.

Swann is also ranked No. 2 in Test cricket, behind Dale Steyn, but his No. 1 ranking is the first time an England bowler has achieved that feat in any form of the game since Steve Harmison briefly rose to the top of the Test rankings in August 2004.

Swann's England team-mate James Anderson put behind his disappointing World Cup to claim nine wickets at 21.77 and jumped 17 places to the 11th spot, but Stuart Broad, who only managed two wickets in the series, went in the other direction, falling eight places to 21st.

In the batting ranks Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has dropped six places, after a wretched series that brought 17 runs in five knocks, to sit joint-ninth with Australia captain Michael Clarke, while Kumar Sangakkara rose a spot to No. 4.

Jonathan Trott remains England's highest-ranked batsman at No. 7. Eoin Morgan gained one position to sit joint-23rd place with Ireland's Paul Stirling. Alastair Cook was man of the series after his 298 runs at 74.50, which helped him break into the top 50 for the first time, but at 48th, he still has a long way to climb.

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  • Mike on July 12, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Swann ----> Hardlyanspin.

  • Martin on July 12, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    @ravi_hari; really good post my friend. Seen from an English perspective - it's just wonderful to have a bowler like Swann; reliable, cussed, always coming after the batsman. You are dead right about his attitude; he is a winner and has an aggressive killer instinct. Swann V india will be very very interesting to watch....

  • hari on July 12, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Swann is easily the best offie in the world today. He is ahead of Bhajji for the simple reason that he represents a country where wickets are not suitable to spin bowling and most part of his career has been spent on bowling on tracks aiding fast bowling. Just like Shane Warne & Kapil Dev, Swann has mastered an art not very prevelant in their regions of origin. The best thing about Swann is his attitude. He is a fighter and has a lot of variation in his bowling. He makes good use of the crease and is not afraid to toss the ball up in any format. He literally purchases wickets just like the greats Prasanna and Venkataraghavan used to. He may not end up taking 400 wickets as age is not on his side, but he will have more wins against his team's name when he is in the XI. England's succes in the past 3 years is mainly due to Swann and the 3 Ashes have been won mostly because of the presence of Swann and absence of Warne! His real test though would be when he bowls to Indians. Hari Ravi

  • Andrew on July 12, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Interesting that 6 spinners make up the top 10 bowling slots in ODIs. Very few out & out speedsters in this list. @ElPhenomeno - yes I agree. Have a look at Lee - his best ranking sits 146 pts above Swanns current ranking. Of all the bowlers on the list only Vetori (790) has a career high near 800.

  • Ravidutt on July 11, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    I'm indian but i feel Swann is way better than Harbhajan and is worthy of the top spot!

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    why people askd questions on his ability on being on 1 spot............cant they see wat swann has did n doin ih his career............isnt it enuogh to shut those mouths

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Good luck Swann, hope anderson and tremlett leave some indian batsman so you can pick up their wickets. else Anderson and tremlett will demolish the ICC Test No.1 India

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    wow why are indians so upset i knw Swan is way better than harbajan or any other spinner in this era...(post warn and Murali)

  • Pankaj on July 11, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    to those who question india's no 1 test ranking, swann at bowlers and australia at ODI ranking are joke to ranking, india have been playing superb cricket over last 3 years, hence no 1 ranking. eng havent won a series in india sinc 3 decades, so they cant be called no1 just after beating now hopeless oz in ashes.

  • El on July 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Is it any surprise when I say cricket (specially the bowling) has gone totally downhill in last 8-10 years. Thesedays bowlers like graeme swann, jimmy anderson and zaheer khan are considered premier bowlers in the world. Where are guys like ambrose, walsh, wasim akram, waqar, mcgrath, allan donald, imran khan. Look at the calibre of these names vs swann, anderson and zaheer. LOL Doesn't even feel right at any level.

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