England’s Malan achieves highest-ever rating points in T20I history

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Karachi: Dawid Malan has achieved the highest-ever rating points for batsmen in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after a brilliant run saw him top the series aggregate with 173 runs and help England sweep South Africa 3-0.

The left-hander has reached 915 points, the first to cross the 900-point mark after Australian Aaron Finch’s 900-point achievement in July 2018.

The 33-year-old now enjoys a 44-point lead over Pakistan’s Babar Azam (871), whom he overtook to become number one in September this year.

Malan played two back to back match-winning knocks. Last night, he smacked 47-ball 99* that helped England go past Australia to take top spot in ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.

England and Australia are now level at 275 points but England are ahead on decimal points. South Africa and New Zealand retain their fifth and sixth positions while the West Indies have slipped behind Afghanistan to 10th place after losing 2-0 to New Zealand.

South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen has reached a career-best fifth position from 22nd. He scored 136 runs against England in the three-match series.

England’s leg-spinner Adil Rashid is now at fourth spot while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi is at fifth. Chris Jordan, who became England’s leading T20I wicket-taker in the third match against South Africa with his 66th wicket, has gained one place to reach 12th rank.

Read: Malan smacks unbeaten 99 as England romp to series sweep against South Africa

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