Taylor, Sthalekar lead ICC women`s T20 rankings

Colombo: England`s Sarah Taylor and Lisa Sthalekar of Australia were named as the No.1 ranked batswoman and bowler, respectively, in the ICC women`s Twenty20 rankings launched here Monday.

The ceremony took place just two days before the start of ICC Women`s World Twenty20 in Galle on Sep 26.

Taylor, who won the ICC Women`s T20I Cricketer of the Year award Sep 15, leads the batting table with 691 points.

England captain Charlotte Edwards is in second spot, trailing Taylor by just nine points at 682.

The top 20 list includes five batters each from Australia and England, three from West Indies and two each from India and New Zealand.

India`s Mithali Raj is third and Harpreet Kaur sixth with 652 and 587 points, respectively, on the top 20 list batters list.

In the bowlers` category, Sthalekar leads the field with 666 ratings points followed by Jhulan Goswami of India in second spot with 653 ratings points.

Sthalekar has picked 56 wickets in 46 T20Is with a best of four for 18. Only Anisa Mohammed of West Indies has picked more wickets (62 in 43 T20Is).

Sthalekar also leads the all-rounders` category with 356 ratings points thanks to 604 runs in addition to those 56 wickets. West Indies` Stafanie Taylor is in the second place with 353 points.