England are in fourth place after beating South Africa

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  • England captain Heather Knight: “We’re happy to have fought back in this series to win 2-1. It was a difficult start for us – losing at Worcester – and I’m proud of how the team have delivered under that pressure.”
  • South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We’ve got two points out of the first game but it’s quite disappointing being one up against England and not taking full advantage.
  • Lee, Beaumont, Ismail, Khaka and Brunt rise in rankings after fine performances 

England captain Heather Knight was pleased as her side pulled off a 2-1 series victory over South Africa after losing the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship series that ended on Friday.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 winners England lost the opening match in Worcester by seven wickets but came up with strong performances to clinch the next two in Brighton and Canterbury by 69 runs and seven wickets, respectively, to take fourth position on the points table.

England are tied with the Windies on six points at the end of the second round of matches but ahead on net run-rate. England had lost their first series to Australia by 2-1 while South Africa had lost by the same margin to India and are now in seventh place with four points. New Zealand and Australia lead the table with 10 points each after six matches.

England, who are second in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings, also play their next IWC series at home against New Zealand from 7-13 July while South Africa will travel to the West Indies as teams also look to prepare for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 to be held in the Caribbean from 9-24 November.

England captain Heather Knight: “We’re happy to have fought back in this series to win 2-1. It was a difficult start for us – losing at Worcester – and I’m proud of how the team have delivered under that pressure.

“There were a number of positives for us throughout the series, even including the defeat at Worcester. Firstly, South Africa are a really good side so it’s important we’ve managed to come out on top. Secondly, there have been a number of impressive individual performances – namely Katherine Brunt at Worcester and Tammy Beaumont’s twin centuries – but most important has been the way we’ve fought together as a team to earn this series win.

“We’re always looking to improve, in every department. I think our batting performance at Worcester was beneath our usual standards but that’s part of the game and you can’t expect to be at your best in every single performance. As a team, we’re striving to improve every day and hopefully with that we can continue to enjoy success.

“We’ll have to be at our best (in the next IWC series against New Zealand). Like, South Africa they’re a very talented side, but we know we’re capable of putting in good performances and hopefully we can follow up with three more good performances.”

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We’ve got two points out of the first game but it’s quite disappointing being one up against England and not taking full advantage. We are down to seventh and have a lot of catching up to do. We need to beat some of the stronger sides to get the points up and try to win series 3-nils.The first game was brilliant, the way we bowled, the way we batted. We also had other high points with Lizell Lee’s hundred the other day and Chloe (Tryon) striking the ball well. But we need to be a more consistent outfit.

“We have to work on our bowling tactics and plans – we are bowling both sides of the wicket, not bowling one length, one line. We need to take the game forward with the bat as well. We have to find a way to score when the bowlers are bowling well. We can’t just let ourselves get bogged down.

“I don’t think it is a matter of skill but we have to sharpen up. We are excited playing against the Windies next. We know how dangerous they are. We have a lot of grinding and grafting to do.”

The ongoing second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship is the pathway to qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand. Hosts New Zealand and the three other top sides from this tournament will qualify for the World Cup while the remaining four sides will get another chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.

Meanwhile, some fine performances in the series have resulted in big movements in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.

South Africa opener Lizelle Lee has gained seven places to take second position among batters after accumulating 211 runs in the series while England’s Tammy Beaumont’s back-to-back centuries in the second and third matches and a series-topping 212 runs have lifted her three slots to 10th position. Others to move up the rankings for batters include Dane van Niekerk (up eight places to 13th) and Laura Wolvaardt (up one place to 14th).

Among bowlers, Shabnim Ismail (up three places to third), Ayabonga Khaka (up one place to seventh), Anya Shrubsole (up one place to ninth) and Katherine Brunt (up three places to 12th) have made significant gains.

Scores in brief:

1st IWC ODI: South Africa won by seven wickets

England 189-9 in 50 overs (Katherine Brunt 72 not out; Shabnim Ismail 3-25, Ayabonga Khaka 3-42)

South Africa 193-3 in 45.3 overs (Lizelle Lee 92 not out, Dane van Niekerk 58, Mignon du Preez 36 not out)

2nd IWC ODI: England won by 69 runs

England 331-6 in 50 overs (Sarah Taylor 118, Tammy Beaumont 101; Marizanne Kapp 2-48, Ayabonga Khaka 2-72, Shabnim Ismail 2-78)

South Africa 262-9 in 50 overs (Lizelle Lee 117, Chloe Tryon 44, Laura Wolvaardt 32; Sophie Ecclestone 3-54, Katherin Brunt 2-34, Laura Marsh 2-53).

3rd IWC ODI: England won by seven wickets

South Africa 228 all out in 49.5 overs (Dane van Niekerk 95, Laura Wolvaardt 64; Katherine Brunt 3-52, Laura Marsh 2-43)

England 232-3 in 44 overs (Katherine Brunt 105, Heather Knight 80 not out; Ayabonga Khaka 2-63)

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as of 16 June 2018, after the England-South Africa ODI series)

Rank   Team             Points

  1. Australia           132
  2. England            124
  3. New Zealand    122
  4. India                  112
  5. West Indies        98
  6. South Africa       95
  7. Pakistan             74
  8. Sri Lanka            62
  9. Bangladesh        42
  10. Ireland                28

 (Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings (as of 16 June 2018, after the England-South Africa IWC series)

BATTING (top 20)

Rank    (+/-)       Player             Team   Points  Avge   Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      744      51.83   758 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   2        (+7)      Lizelle Lee        SA        724      34.87   752 v Eng at Hove 2018

   3        (-1)       Suzie Bates      NZ        701      44.59   775 v Aus at Bay Oval 2016

   4        (-1)       Meg Lanning     Aus      684      53.00   834 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   5        (-1)       S. Mandhana    Ind       678!     37.53   678 v Eng at Nagpur 2018

   6        (-1)       Nicole Bolton     Aus      666       46.22   687 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   7        (-1)       Mithali Raj         Ind       656       50.18   839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004

   8        ( - )       Stafanie Taylor  Win      653       44.06   765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012

   9        (-3)       A.Satterthwaite NZ        640      38.30   756 v Aus at Bay Oval 2017

  10       (+3)      T.Beaumont      Eng      609!     40.65   609 v SA at Canterbury 2018

  11       ( - )       H. Knight           Eng      597!     36.67   597 v SA at Canterbury 2018

  12       ( - )       H. Kaur              Ind       591       35.41   679 v SA at Bangalore 2014

  13       (+8)      D. van Niekerk  SA        578!     33.39   578 v Eng at Canterbury 2018

  14       (+1)      L. Wolvaardt     SA        571*!   46.89   571 v Eng at Canterbury 2018

  15       (-5)       N. Sciver           Eng      570      38.35   642 v NZ at Derby 2017

  16       (-2)       Sarah Taylor     Eng      567      40.73   803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009

  17       ( - )       Deepti Sharma  Ind       560*!   43.92   560 v Eng at Nagpur 2018

  18=     (-3)       M. du Preez      SA        555      33.15   600 v Ind at Potchefstroom 2018

            ( - )       Alyssa Healy     Aus      555!     22.43   555 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

  20       (-1)       Sophie Devine   NZ        550       30.78   561 v Ire at Dublin 2018  

 BOWLING (top 20)

 Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points  Avge   Eco.    Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Jess Jonassen  Aus      676!     23.19   4.18     676 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   2        ( - )       Megan Schutt   Aus      667       24.21   4.41     671 v Ind at Vadodara 2018

   3        (+3)      Shabnim Ismail SA        641       20.26   3.62     648 v Eng at Worcester 2018

   4        (-1)       M. Kapp            SA        630      24.85   3.66     689 v Ind at Potchefstroom (N 2017

   5        (-1)       Sana Mir           Pak      620!     25.72   3.70     620 v SL at Dambulla 2018

   6        (-1)       Jh. Goswami     Ind       609      21.77   3.25     796 v Eng at Chennai 2007

   7        (+1)      A. Khaka           SA        597      28.00   4.13     620 v Eng at Worcester 2018

   8        (-1)       Stafanie Taylor  Win      591      19.35   3.23     768 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   9        (+1)      A. Shrubsole     Eng      578      27.57   4.27     595 v Aus at New South Wales 2017

  10       (+1)      Ellyse Perry      Aus      567      25.61   4.41     698 v Ind at Mumbai 2012

  11       (-2)       D. van Niekerk  SA        559      18.86   3.51     602 v Ban at Potchefstroom 2018

  12       (+3)      Katherine Brunt Eng      550      23.60   3.47     796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013

  13       ( - )       Poonam Yadav Ind       538*!   20.75   3.72     538 v Eng at Nagpur 2018

  14       ( - )       Deepti Sharma  Ind       533*!   26.34   3.82     533 v Eng at Nagpur 2018

  15       (+1)      A. Mohammed  Win      524      19.48   3.35     704 v Aus at Sydney 2014

  16       (-4)       Danielle Hazell  Eng      520      28.96   3.92     553 v Ind at Nagpur 2018

  17       ( - )       Shikha Pandey  Ind       513*    21.44   4.01     566 v Aus at Derby 2017

  18=     ( - )       R.i Gayakwad   Ind       508*    16.64   3.36     540 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2017

            ( - )       Ekta Bisht         Ind       508      21.39   3.63     609 v Pak at Derby 2017

  20       ( - )       Lea Tahuhu      NZ        500      30.75   4.29     532 v Pak at Taunton 2017

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team   Points   Highest Rating

   1        ( - )       Ellyse Perry      Aus      421        446 v NZ at Bay Oval 2016

   2        ( - )       Stafanie Taylor  Win      385        559 v NZ at Kingston 2013

   3        ( - )       D. van Niekerk  SA        323!       323 v Eng at Canterbury 2018

   4        ( - )       Deepti Sharma  Ind       298*/*!   298 v Eng at Nagpur 2018

   5        (+1)      Sana Mir           Pak      251        252 v SL at Dambulla 2018 

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