Dubai, July 11: After claiming the most number of Test wickets last year, English off-spinner Graeme Swann has shown that even in one-dayers he is force to reckon with. His 8 wickets in the recently-concluded Natwest ODI series against Sri Lanka, which he helped England win 3-2, has taken him to the top of the ICC's ODI rankings.
Swann has pipped New Zealand off-break Daniel Vettori to the numero uno position, reaching the landmark for the first time in his career. This achievement marks only the second time, an English bowler has completed the feat in any form of the game, after pacer Steve Harmison briefly surged to the top of the Test rankings in August 2004.
Swann is at the no. 2 ranking in Tests, just behind South African speedster Dale Steyn. Meanwhile, Swann's team-mate James Anderson claimed 9 wickets in the Sri Lanka series, thus leaping 17 places to the 11th spot. However, Anderson's fellow paceman Stuart Broad who took just 2 wickets in 4 matches, has slipped eight places to 21.
In the batting ranks Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has fallen six places, after a dismal series that brought 17 runs in five innings. He now is joint-ninth with Australia captain Michael Clarke, while Kumar Sangakkara rose a spot to No. 4.
Jonathan Trott continues to be England's highest-ranked batsman at No. 7, while Eoin Morgan gained one position to ensure joint-23rd place with Ireland's Paul Stirling. New English captain Alastair Cook was man of the series after putting up 298 runs at 74.50, which helped him break into the top 50 for the first time. But at 48th, he still has a long way to scale.