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Utseya rises in ICC rankings

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OFF-SPINNER Prosper Utseya has made significant strides up the Reliance International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) Player Rankings following his impressive performance during the triangular series against Australia and South Africa.

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Utseya, who took seven wickets during the tournament, including a memorable hat-trick against South Africa, leapt 10 places to position 34 while fast bowler Tendai Chatara gained 14 places to reach position 56.

There was no improvement by Zimbabwe’s batsmen on the rankings after the tri-series with Brendan Taylor maintaining his position as the country’s highest ranked batsman on position 30.

Hamilton Masakadza and Sean Williams are ranked 53rd and 54th respectively.

Faf du Plessis, of South Africa, stormed up the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings following a stellar performance in Harare in which he scored 464 runs and played a leading role in his side’s victory in the triangular series.

Du Plessis hit three centuries and a half-century for which he has been rewarded with a jump of 33 places that has put him just outside the top 10 in 11th position.

The middle-order batsman had arrived in Zimbabwe in 54th position on 519 ratings points, but returned home in 11th position on 701 ratings points.

These are his career-best ranking and ratings, to date.

Du Plessis is the fourth South Africa batsman to feature inside the top 11 with captain AB de Villiers regaining the number-one position from teammate Hashim Amla. Quinton de Kock slipped two places to ninth.

Amla had entered the triangular series leading De Villiers by one ratings point.

He dropped 22 ratings points after scoring 172 runs, which handed the top spot back to de Villiers who retained his pre-series ratings points of 869 following his series total of 215 runs with a century and a half-century.

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