12 Feb Hales Climbs T20 Rankings
Big Bash League top run-scorers Alex Hales and James Vince have climbed to career-best positions in the latest T20 Player Index.
Sydney Thunder’s Hales struck 543 runs at a strike-rate of 161.60 thanks to a century and four fifties during another remarkable competition.
Vince, meanwhile, produced player of the match displays in the Qualifier and Final with scores of 98* and 95 to inspire Sydney Sixers to back-to-back titles.
The Hampshire batsman finished on 537 runs after hitting the most fours (59) across the 10th edition of the BBL.
Hales is up to 21st in the rankings, while Vince is the new 56th.
Top three Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Rashid Khan – the only one of the trio involved in the Big Bash – remain unchanged.
Former No.1 Glenn Maxwell is fourth after scoring 379 runs and taking seven wickets for Melbourne Stars.
The top 20 saw improvements for Marcus Stoinis (6th), Liam Livingstone (12th), Mujeeb Zadran (16th) and Imad Wasim (17th).
Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb was among the most frugal bowlers in Australia, finishing with the lowest economy rate of anyone to bowl more than 10 overs (6.26).
Meanwhile, leading wicket-taker Jhye Richardson (up to 120th from 411th), whose 29 scalps came at 16.31 apiece, is on the verge of a place on the top 100 for the first time.
Twenty-one wickets for Andrew Tye sees him climb from 222nd in the rankings to 65th, while Ben Cutting (87th) and Alex Carey (97th) enjoyed significant rises after spells outside the top 100.
Mitchell Marsh’s 315 runs and four wickets sees him soar to a career-best 102nd up from a pre-tournament position of 300th.
To see the men’s Index rankings please click here.