Will Jacks turns up the heat on T20 World No.1 Wanindu Hasaranga

England's Will Jacks of ahead of play during the 3rd T20 International match between West Indies and England. Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Will Jacks turns up the heat on T20 World No.1 Wanindu Hasaranga

Will Jacks’ fruitful winter has delivered a career-best ranking of No.3 in the latest men’s T20 Player Index.

The England and Surrey allrounder has spent recent months playing for his country in the West Indies, playing for Paarl Royals in the SA20 and representing Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Highlights of the stints include centuries in each franchise competition – the first, 101 off 42 balls against Durban Super Giants, the second an unbeaten 108 in Chattogram – and seven wickets with the ball.

Having climbed to an all-time best position of No.5 back in September, the 25-year-old is now scaling new heights in the top three.

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga remains the standard and has extended his lead amid his second spell at the head of the standings.

The Sri Lanka international took a dozen wickets and scored 133 runs in the second edition of the ILT20 for Desert Vipers and took 13 across series against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Rashid Khan, Glenn Maxwell and England white-ball captain Jos Buttler complete the top five.

The biggest climber in the top 50 has been the Zimbabwe all-rounder Ryan Burl. From scoring 239 runs at 59.75 in the Zimbabwe Domestic Twenty20 competition to performing well in the T20 World Cup Africa Region qualifier and in series against Ireland and Sri Lanka, the 29-year-old has leapt from No.104 to No.16.

Elsewhere, in the top 100 the biggest success stories have come from Namibia in the form of allrounders Gerhard Erasmus (No.56, up from outside the top 200) and JJ Smit (No.73 from outside the top 400).