Colombo, Sep 26: Australia's Shane Watson has jumped four places to a career-high third position in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings for batsmen which were released on Wednesday at the end of the group stage of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.
In the team rankings for T20Is, South Africa head into the Super Eight stage of the World T20 as the number-one ranked team on the ICC T20 Championship table. England after losing their Group A match to India by 90 runs has slipped to second spot with 124 ratings points. India has made the biggest improvement, having jumped four places to claim third position while West Indies has fallen four places to eighth spot, an ICC media release said.
Watson, who won successive Player of the Match awards against Ireland and West Indies, has also garnered his career-best rating of 758.
In addition to his batting exploits (92 runs in two games), Watson has continued to retain seventh position in the ICC T20I Player Rankings for bowlers and is also the number-one ranked all-rounder in the world.
New Zealand's wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum has retained his number-one batting spot with Chris Gayle in second place. McCullum's knock of 123 against Bangladesh, the highest in the history of Twenty20 International cricket to date, has also helped him achieve a career-best rating of 849.
In the ICC T20Is Player Rankings for bowlers, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka boast three bowlers each inside the top 20 while Pakistan has three bowlers inside the top 10 with Saeed Ajmal sitting on top of the tree, followed by Shahid Afridi in fifth (up by one place) and captain Mohammad Hafeez in ninth (up by two place).
The player rankings will now be updated at the end of the Super Eight stage on 3 October.
ICC T20I Championship (as of 26 September, before the Super Eight stage of ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012)
Rank (+/-) Team Rating
1 (+1) South Africa 134
2 (-1) England 124
3 (+4) India 116
4 (-1) Sri Lanka 115
5 (+1) Pakistan 114
6 (-1) New Zealand 107
7 (+2) Australia 104
8 (-4) West Indies 102
9 (-1) Bangladesh 85
10 (-) Ireland 82
11 (-) Zimbabwe 44
Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010