(Cricket): Malan snatches top T20I spot from Babar Azam

Karachi:England batsman Dawid Malan has jumped four spots to claim the No.1 position in the latest ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings for batting.

Malan has seized the No.1 position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after a fruitful home series against Australia, which England won 2-1.

The 33-year-old left-hander has progressed four places after a series-topping run aggregate of 129, which included a player of the match effort of 66 in the first fixture. Malan, whose previous best ranking was second in November last year, is now eight rating points ahead of Pakistan’s Babar Azam.

For Australia, captain Aaron Finch’s 125 runs in the series have helped him retain third position.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has gained two slots to reach seventh position after finishing as the most successful bowler in the series with six wickets, while Australia left-arm spinner Ashton Agar’s five wickets have enabled him retain third position, behind the Afghanistan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Meanwhile, Australia have reclaimed the top spot in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings after briefly conceding it to England during the series.