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ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017

Top 10: Champs Trophy batsmen

31 May 2017

Laura Jolly


@JollyLauz18

Laura Jolly


@JollyLauz18

Take a look at the best batsmen who'll be walking out to the crease during the rapid-fire tournament

The ICC Champions Trophy is set to showcase the best one-day talent in the world in 15 matches across 18 days when the tournament kicks off on Thursday at The Oval.

Big totals are expected to be the trend at The Oval, Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens, so below are the top 10 ICC-ranked batsmen who could be lighting up the competition, including four South African superstars.  

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10. Hashim Amla (South Africa)


ICC ODI batting rank: 10

The stats: M: 153 | R: 7032 | A: 50.22 | SR: 89.23 | 100s: 24 |

The story: Hashim Amla eclipsed Virat Kohli's record to become the fastest player to 7,000 ODI runs during South Africa's third ODI against England at Lord's on Sunday, reaching the mark in 11 knocks fewer than it took the India skipper. One of only five batsmen to have played 100 ODIs and be averaging more than 50 with the bat, Amla will hope to continue his impressive IPL form in England.

Proteas claim Champions Trophy confidence-boost

9. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

ICC ODI batting rank: 9

The stats: M: 111 | R: 4361 | A: 45.90 | SR: 83.78 | 100s: 8 |

The story: New Zealand will always be hopeful of advancing to the finals with a class player in Williamson leading the show. Incredibly consistent, Williamson warmed up nicely for the Champions Trophy with 88 against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. 

Williamson leads the way for New Zealand

8. Martin Guptill (New Zealand)


ICC ODI batting rank: 8

The stats: M: 143 | R: 5414 | A: 43.66 | SR: 87.61 | 100s: 12 |

The story: Guptill at the top of the order looms as the key to the success of the Black Caps batting unit. He showed exactly how destructive he can be in New Zealand's final warm-up, blasting 116 from 76 deliveries, while earlier this year he struck an unbeaten 180 from 138 against the Proteas.

Watch all 11 sixes from Guptill's amazing knock

7. Babar Azam (Pakistan)


ICC ODI batting rank: 7

The stats: M: 26 | R: 1322 | A: 55.08 | SR: 90.23 | 100s: 5 |

The story: The least experienced batsman on this list, Azam has made a huge impact in a short time in ODI cricket. In January, he became the joint-fastest player in history to score 1,000 ODI runs, equalling a record first set by Sir Viv Richards 37 years ago. He’s in good nick, too, having scored an unbeaten 125 against the West Indies last month. There’s a few thrilling young batsmen in the Champions Trophy and Azam is right at the top of the list.

Brilliant Babar scores fourth ODI ton

6. Faf du Plessis (South Africa)


ICC ODI batting rank: 6

The stats: M: 110 | R: 4031 | A: 43.34 | SR: 87.38 | 100s: 8 |

The story: Another star Proteas batsman who will need to step up if South Africa want to break their ICC tournament hoodoo. After spending the majority of the IPL on the sidelines for Rising Pune Supergiant, Du Plessis scored a half-century in the Proteas' opening ODI defeat to England last week.

Proteas survive a scare after Faf's 185

5. Joe Root (England)


ICC ODI batting rank: 5

The stats: M: 88 | R: 3544 | A: 47.89 | SR: 85.60 | 100s: 9 |

The story: Much of the attention has been on Root's allrounder teammate Ben Stokes of late, but don't underestimate how crucial Root's fortunes will be to his team's hopes of finally winning a major 50-over tournament. One of the world's leading batsmen in all formats, Root will walk out at No.3 in England's ODI team captained by Eoin Morgan and will be eager to make the most of the home conditions.

Buttler, Root lead England to crushing win

4. Quinton de Kock (South Africa)


ICC ODI batting rank: 4

The stats: M: 82 | R: 3410 | A: 43.71 | SR: 95.11 | 100s: 12 |

The story: The Proteas wicketkeeper could be the dynamic game-changer his team needs to succeed in the Champions Trophy, having cemented his ODI superstar status in recent years. He missed the IPL due to a finger injury, but returned in style with a tour match century against Sussex before falling just short of a ton against England, dismissed for 98 in the second one-dayer in Southampton.

Australia destroyed by de Kock classic

3. Virat Kohli (India)


ICC ODI batting rank: 3

The stats: M: 179 | R: 7755 | A: 53.11 | SR: 90.76 | 100s: 27 |

The story: Kohli will be desperate to prove a point in England after a poor run with the bat against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series followed by a lean run in the IPL. But the prolific right-hander has scored runs like clockwork in the past three years and he started his Champions Trophy campaign with an unbeaten half-century against New Zealand, so a change in fortune could be imminent.

Kohli, Shami star in wet warm-up win

2. David Warner (Australia)


ICC ODI batting rank: 2

The stats: M: 93 | R: 3946 | A: 44.84 | SR: 96.85 | 100s: 13 |

The story: The only Australian currently in the top 10, Australia's vice-captain will be desperate to have a big impact with the bat in this tournament after a poor return in the Qantas Test tour of India. His warm-up knocks produced scores of 11 and 19, but Warner was in stunning form throughout the Indian Premier League and is primed for a big Champions Trophy campaign.

Warner blasts career-best 179

1. AB de Villiers (South Africa)


ICC ODI batting rank: 1

The stats: M: 219 | R: 9299 | A: 54.38 | SR: 100.22 | 100s: 24 |

The story: South Africa have been notorious under-performers at major 50-over events, but an in-form de Villiers represents perhaps world cricket's most dangerous x-factor. The 33-year-old dominated his side's 3-2 series win in New Zealand in February-March, averaging 87 with the bat, while he scored 45, 52 and 27no in the Proteas' 2-1 series loss to England last week.

De Villiers guides Proteas to thrilling victory

Champions Trophy 2017 Guide


Squads: Every Champions Trophy squad named so far

Group A: Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh.

Group B: India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.


Schedule


Warm-up matches


26 May – Australia v Sri Lanka, The Oval

27 May – Bangladesh v Pakistan, Edgbaston

28 May – India v New Zealand, The Oval

29 May – Australia v Pakistan, Edgbaston

30 May – New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston

30 May – Bangladesh vs India, The Oval


Tournament


1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (Day)

2 June – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (D)

3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (D)

4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)

5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)

6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)

7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)

8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)

9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)

10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (D)

11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (D)

12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)

14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)

15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)

18 June – Final, The Oval (D)


19 June – Reserve day (D)



The stats: M: 153 | R: 7032 | A: 50.22 | SR: 89.23 | 100s: 24 |
The stats: M: 153 | R: 7032 | A: 50.22 | SR: 89.23 | 100s: 24 |

About the Writer

@JollyLauz18

Laura Jolly is a writer for cricket.com.au. She previously wrote for News Corp Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.