Australia left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen has climbed to the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for women bowlers after she took eight wickets in three matches against India recently. Jonassen’s team-mate and opening quick Megan Schutt rose to No. 2 as the duo overtook Marizanne Kapp and Jhulan Goswami, who are third and fourth respectively.
Jonassen has a career-best 676 points after she ended as the leading wicket-taker in the 3-0 series win in Vadodara. Right behind her was legspinner Amanda-Jade Willington with five wickets who is yet to break into the top 20.
“Coming over to India as a spinner is always an exciting time. For me, I’m just happy I’ve been able to contribute to the team’s success,” Jonassen said.
Schutt, on the other hand, took four wickets but was the most economical bowler in the series, conceding only 3.87 runs per over with four maidens overall.
“She’s been our strike bowler. She really sets the tone for us early. She’s playing on a different wicket at times. She just puts so much pressure on the batters,” team-mate Ellyse Perry said.
Among the batsmen, New Zealand captain Suzie Bates overtook her counterparts Meg Lanning and Mithali Raj to be placed at No. 2, just behind Perry. In the three ODIs against West Indies at home, Bates scored 89, 101* and 44 in their series whitewash to also go past 4000 ODI runs. She batted in the series with a strike rate of 102.18 but was behind her opening partner and vice-captain Sophie Devine for both strike rate and on the runs charts. Devine scored 261 runs compared to Bates’ 234 and had a strike rate of 103.57.
Australia opener Nicole Bolton jumped nine places to fourth spot right behind Perry, Bates and Lanning by scoring 195 runs against India, including an unbeaten 100 in the first ODI. She was named the Player of the Series in her first series in India, where she played the spinners and pacers with equal ease. Harmanpreet Kaur dropped to ninth place, Smriti Mandhana, who scored two half-centuries, went up to 14th place whereas Alyssa Healy rose to 16th spot with her maiden international hundred in the third ODI.