Beaumont hits the summit

03 March 2021 01:23:03 GMTPlus10

England opener Tammy Beaumont has reached the top of the ICC's women's one-day batting rankings for the first time in her career.

Beaumont, 29, was in exceptional form during last month's one-day series against New Zealand, scoring three half-centuries in as many matches as England won the series 2-1.

She moves up five places in the 50-over rankings, overtaking Australia captain Meg Lanning at the summit.

It's a case of doing what the team needs - but I'd love to be opening.

Tammy Beaumont

England all-rounder Nat Sciver joins Beaumont in the top ten, while captain Heather Knight is 13th on the list.

Beaumont and England's attention now turns to a three-match T20 series against the Kiwis which begins in Wellington on Wednesday morning.

While a mainstay at the top of the order in 50-over cricket, Beaumont moved into the middle order during last year's T20 World Cup in Australia.

She returned to her opening role in last summer's series against the West Indies though and says she would like to continue at the top in the upcoming fixtures with the New Zealanders.

"I went OK in that series against the West Indies and it's certainly where I prefer to bat," she told England Cricket's official social media channels.

"At the same time, I will do whatever's right for the team. We have a really strong batting line-up, plenty of top-order players at the moment, so it's a case of doing what the team needs - but I'd love to be opening."

England are 1.04 to win the three-match series and an 1.40 chance to strike first in Wellington.

Beaumont is 3.75 to be her team's top batsman on Wednesday.

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