Captain Suzie Bates has become the first New Zealand cricketer to climb to the top of the women’s batting world rankings.
Bates surpassed Mihtali Raj of India in the latest International Cricket Council one-day international ranking lists, boosted by a prolific performance at the women’s World Cup in India in February, where she was named player of the tournament.
The 25-year-old from Otago scored 681 runs in 11 ODI innings in 2012-13, at an average of 75.66. The highlight was an unbeaten 122 against Australia during the World Cup.
Bates, who was one of four players awarded a professional contract last week by New Zealand Cricket, is also ranked fourth in the Twenty20 batting list.
The highest-rated White Ferns ODI bowler is seamer Sian Ruck in 13th place while Nicola Browne is ranked the second-best allrounder.
The team rankings follow the finishing order at the World Cup, with Australia at No.1 from the West Indies, England and New Zealand.