Australia won their record sixth Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 title after beating South Africa by 19 runs in the final. Players from both countries dominated the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings after helping their nations reach the final.
The Australian women’s team skipper Meg Lanning became the first captain to win five ICC trophies. She surpassed fellow country cricketer Ricky Ponting’s record of four trophies. Lanning led Australia to four T20 World Cup titles in 2014, 2018, 2020, and 2023, and the ODI World Cup win in 2023.
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Sophie Ecclestone Remains the No. 1 T20I Bowler
Australia’s young fast bowling sensation Darcie Brown climbed five places in the bowling rankings and is now in third place after performing well in the recently concluded tournament as he took seven wickets at an economy rate of 5.
South African seamer Shabnim Ismail climbed four places to enter the top 10 rankings, from 11th to seventh. She bowled well in the play-off matches, registering 3 for 27 in the semi-final against England and 2 for 26 in the final against Australia.
England spinner Sophie Ecclestone is the highest wicket-taker in the mega tournament and remains the No. 1 bowler in the rankings. She took three for 22 in the semi-final game against South Africa and became the second bowler in history to cross 800 rating points in the Women’s T20I Bowler Rankings.
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South Africa Openers Have Attained Career Best Rankings
South Africa openers Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits have attained their career-best rankings in Women’s T20Is after helping their team reach the final. Wolvaardt moves up eight spots to sixth, while the Brits moves up nine spots to 12th in the batting rankings.
Australian batters Tahlia McGrath and Beth Mooney occupy the top two rankings. Booney was named Player of the Match for his brilliant knock of 74* to help her reach a big total. Ash Gardner continues to top the women’s T20I all-rounder rankings and has reached 458 points, which is her career high.
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