England’s Alex Hales has become the No. 1 ranked batsmen in the International Cricket Council Twenty20 rankings after his match-winning innings against Australia on Saturday.
Nottinghamshire opener Hales’s 94, off just 61 balls, provided the platform for England’s 27-run win at Chester-Le-Street that saw the host level the two-match series at 1-1. Hales received 65 rating points for this performance and that helped him leapfrog New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at the top of the ICC’s Twenty20 international batting standings. Australia’s Aaron Finch, who struck a Twenty20 international record 156 in the series opener at Southampton on Thursday, moved up into the top 20 for the first time in his career after a huge rise of 78 places into 20th spot.