On reading the table below, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that our rankings system doesn’t really work in a mulit-format series. Difficult… but not impossible! The other way of looking at it is that Danni Wyatt and Beth Mooney “hacked the system” with their remarkable innings in that unprecedented final T20, and that is what has landed them at the top of the list. Wyatt and Mooney’s huge Strike Rates in those innings propelled them ahead of both Ellyse Perry – 200 in the Test – and Heather Knight – four 50s in the series – both of whom scored far more runs over the 7 games.
In the battle of the ‘keepers, Alyssa Healy just pips Sarah Taylor – interestingly they ended the series with exactly the same Strike Rate, but the Aussie scored 43 more runs, despite actually batting one less innings.
Another player whose ranking is boosted by maintaining a good Strike Rate is Katherine Brunt. Brunt’s Strike Rate of 97 is by far the highest of any player on either side who played in all 7 games (the next highest is Rachel Haynes’ 84) and means she edges ahead of Nat Sciver in the rankings, as she continues to push her claim for all-rounder status at international as well as domestic level.
|1. Danni Wyatt||3||169||155|
|2. Beth Mooney||4||247||101|
|3. Ellyse Perry||7||351||63|
|4. Heather Knight||7||335||62|
|5. Alyssa Healy||7||238||81|
|6. Sarah Taylor||7||195||81|
|7. Rachel Haynes||7||187||84|
|8. Tammy Beaumont||7||227||53|
|9. Katherine Brunt||7||113||97|
|10. Nat Sciver||7||139||72|
Batting Ranking = Runs * Strike Rate
This may be asking a bit much, but given that the Test is/was so different in character from the other games, is it possible to give us a similar ranking list with the Test ignored?
Perry, Mooney and Wyatt’s record breaking individual innings got a lot of coverage but there were also several series scoring records set during the women’s Ashes.
Both Perry (351) and Knight (335) broke the previous record for runs scored in a multi-format women’s Ashes series (Knight’s 301 in 2013). Perry’s total was the 5th most for any women’s Ashes series.
Knight became the first player to make at least one fifty in each format during a multi-format women’s Ashes series.
Knight four fifties also equalled the record for most 50+ scores in a women’s Ashes series. Heyhoe-Flint (1968-69), Emerson (1984/85) and Brittin (1998) had all previously made four 50+ scores in Test-only Ashes series.
Mooney’s 220 runs were the most ever scored in a bilateral T20I series. Wyatt’s were the 7th most.
Wyatt (155.04) and Mooney’s (154.92) T20I series strike rates were the 2nd and 3rd highest for players who have faced 100+ balls in a T20I series, beaten only by Winfield’s 164.35 vs Pakistan last year.
Healy’s 145 runs were the most runs by an Australian keeper in a bilateral ODI series.