Babar Azam makes progress in T20I rankings

Babar Azam emerged as the leading run scorer in T20I series against World XI
Babar Azam emerged as the leading run scorer in T20I series against World XI

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has been the biggest mover in the International Cricket Council Rankings for Twenty20 Internationals after leading his side to a 2-1 series victory over World XI in Lahore.

Azam scored 179 runs from three games at an average close to 60 that saw him climb 21 spots and is now placed at his career best position of sixth while Ahmed Shehzad, who scored an 89 run knock in the final game is now jointly placed at 22nd.

Shoaib Malik, who scored 94 runs across the three games also moved four spots up to the 30th position while Shadab Khan gained 32 places in the rankings for bowlers and is placed at 66.

For World XI side, South Africa's Hashim Amla climbed three places to 12th position while Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera also improved to 53rd and 79th positions in batting and bowling rankings respectively.

The only Twenty20 International in Chester-le-Street saw West Indies clinch 21 run victory over hosts England. Opening batsman Evin Lewis, who notched a brilliant half-century climbed to career best third position while Chris Gayle's 40 run blitz at the top saw him rise to the joint 22nd position with Shehzad.

England bowlers Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid, who picked three wickets apiece in the game also improved to 23rd and 28th respectively in the bowling rankings.

West Indies' win over England saw them gain three points that saw them move to third position while the home side lost four points that saw them slip to fourth from second position.

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