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Aaron Finch likely to take over as Australia's ODI captain

11 July, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Aaron Finch, Fakhar Zaman and KL Rahul are the new one-two-three in the ICC T20 Rankings for batsmen.

Despite winning the T20I series, India gained just a solitary point from their 2-1 win whereas England gained two points and now occupy the fourth spot.

Australia missed an opportunity to usurp Pakistan atop the T20 rankings after their 45-run loss to Sarfraz Ahmed's side on Thursday, but have had three resounding victories from four matches and can rise above India into second on the rankings with victory in Harare's decider. This was after he had scored 84 runs in the one-off T20I against England.

Pakistan on Sunday sealed their highest successful chase and clinched the tri-series played at Zimbabwe's Harare Sports Club by chasing down Australia's 184-run target up to the last over.

Aaron Finch's impressive showing in the Twenty20 global triangular series in Zimbabwe helped him jump four places to No. 1 in the latest ICC T20I rankings, it was announced on Monday (July 9). After the 101 run knock, he had moved to 854 points in the rankings but subsequent scores of 6 and 19 brought his tally to 812 points.

Finch had a prolific run in the tri-series against Pakistan and hosts Zimbabwe, piling on 306 runs in five games at a strike rate of over 200, which included a world record 172 off 76 balls.

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The injured Babar Azam, Colin Munro and Glenn Maxwell all moved down, occupying the three spots below Finch, Zaman and Rahul, while further down on the list, there were more such interesting changes.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman also jumped 44 places to reach No 2 spot in the ranking.

Short has broken into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 10th position, moving up 18 places.

Among others ending the England v India series with career-best points were Jason Roy (up 19 spots to number15 with 641 points) and Jos Buttler (up nine spots to number 17 with 614 points), but perhaps the most breath-taking rise has been that of Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire.

By the end of the triangular series, Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had dropped to 891 points but was still comfortably ahead of Zaman. The standing, a career-best number for him, takes him to 690 points, also a career high.

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