England Women climbs to 3rd position in ICC Women’s Championship
Former world champion England has vaulted three places to third in the ICC Women’s Championship, after the conclusion of round five of seven following its convincing 3-0 series win over Pakistan in Taunton on Monday.
England’s women won by seven wickets (in Leicester), 212 runs (in Worcester) and 202 runs (in Taunton) in what was a high-scoring series with the home side scoring 360 runs or more in the final two matches of the series and two England batters Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield sharing three centuries between them.
The newly appointed England captain was thrilled with the effort, but reminded her side of the long journey ahead. “We have only played three matches (in this season), and we aren’t looking too far ahead. It’s been a brilliant effort so far, but now comes the test of maintain this level of performance as we build towards a home ICC Women’s World Cup next summer.”
Coach Mark Robinson was happy for the move up the championship table. “Every international game of cricket is important, but it was clearly very important that we secured maximum points from these three ICC Women’s Championship matches against Pakistan, to put ourselves back into the mix at the top of the table.”
World champion and number-one ranked Australia leads the pack with 24 points with two rounds remaining, while the recently crowned ICC Women’s World Twenty20 champion West Indies is close behind on 20 points. After pipping Pakistan, England has climbed to 19 points and in doing so, has leap-frogged New Zealand (fourth), South Africa (fifth) and India (sixth). Pakistan has retained its seventh position, while Sri Lanka is in eighth spot.
The final two rounds of the inaugural edition of the ICC Women’s Championship are scheduled to be played between September and November, with the top four sides at the end of the competition qualifying for next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be staged in England from 26 June to 23 July. The bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in early 2017.
England’s impressive performance against Pakistan is also reflected in the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI Women’s Player rankings.