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Gayle moves to top of ODI rankings

The WI opener takes over as the top all-rounder and moves up to the second position in batting.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 11:32 IST

West Indies' Chris Gayle took over as the top all-rounder and moved up to the second position in batting in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day players' rankings following his stunning performances in the Champions Trophy.

The 27-year-old left-handed opener was the tournament's leading run-getter with 474 runs at an average of 79 with three centuries.

The Jamaican also took eight wickets with his teasing off-spin and held four catches to be adjudged the player of the tournament.

Australia won their maiden Champions Trophy victory, defeating holders West Indies in the final last Sunday to strengthen their top standing as a team.

Australia's Michael Hussey, who won the ICC ODI player-of-the-year award last week, retains his number one position in batting in the rankings released on Tuesday.

England's versatile Kevin Pietersen is third in the batting list.

Gayle took over as top one-day all-rounder from South Africa's Shaun Pollock, who is still ranked the top bowler.