Price drops rankings

ray_priceJOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean-bowler Ray Price (Pictured) has dropped one place to fourth on the world, according to the latest bowlers rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week.

Prices slide follows an indifferent run of form by the bowler during Zimbabwes One Day International series against Bangladesh in December. New Zealand s Daniel Vettori, Morne Morkel and Abdur Razzak are ranked ahead of the Zimbabwean. At his peak, the 34-year-old Price, nephew to acclaimed golfer Nick Price, was the second best bowler in the world.

The Harare-born left-arm orthodox spinner is expected to play a key role in Zimbabwe s World Cup campaign. The Southern Africa team is in a tough group alongside Australia , New Zealand , Sri Lanka and Ireland for the tournament that begins on Saturday. Bangladesh , India and Sri Lanka will co-host the tournament. Meanwhile, South African fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, and England batsman Jonathan Trott have achieved career-best rankings in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings.

Morkel, vaulted 10 places to second position while Tsotsobe was rewarded for his impressive performances of late. In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, England s Jonathan Trott was the biggest mover. The 29-year-old Warwickshire batsman finished as the most successful batsman in the seven-match series between Australia and England with 375 runs. As a result, he has been rewarded with a jump of 23 places which has given him a career-best to date ranking of 19th.

Others inside the top 20 and heading in the right direction are Indias Virat Kohli in third (up by two places), Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara in seventh (up by six places), Australias Michael Clarke in 12th (up by two places), Shane Watson of Australia in 13th (up by eight places) and South Africas JP Duminy in 18th position (up by eight places).

Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News

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