Warner, De Kock fly up the rankings

Opener David Warner reaches a career-high ranking but Australia's stranglehold on the No.1 position loosens

Opener David Warner has been rewarded for his record-breaking series against South Africa, vaulting nine places into a career-high third spot in the International Cricket Council's latest ODI batting rankings.

Warner posted 386 runs for the series in a losing cause, including a brilliant 173 in the final match in Cape Town, and has been rewarded with a spot in the Top 10 for the very first time.

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Meanwhile, Australia's lead at the top of the ODI rankings has been cut from 11 points to just two after their 5-0 series defeat to the Proteas, who have leapfrogged New Zealand into second spot.

The Aussies lost six points following the series, while the Proteas gained six to edge closer to the Australians and to be five points clear of NZ in third.

South Africa's Quinton de Kock has also been rewarded for a stellar series, moving up five places into fourth spot in the batting rankings after tallying 300 runs for the series, including a record-breaking 178 in the series opener.

Teammate Rilee Rossouw, who scored 311 runs for the series, has rocketed up 30 positions to be 32nd.

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Steve Smith (up one spot to 16th), Aaron Finch (down three spots to 17th) and George Bailey (down two spots to 18th) are the other Australians in the Top 20 batsmen list.

New Pakistan star Babar Azam was also a big winner, jumping an incredible 57 places to 15th position after posting three consecutive centuries against the West Indies in the UAE.

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The ICC has also crowned New Zealand's Trent Boult at the new No.1 ODI bowler after West Indies spinner Sunil Narine dropped one spot to second after a disappointing series against Pakistan.

Other big movers in the bowling rankings were South Africa's Imran Tahir (up two spots to third) and England's Adil Rashid (up three spots to seventh).

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Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza moved into ninth spot after strong performances against Afghanistan and England, while Afghanistan spinner Mohammad Nabi moved into the Top 10 for the first time.

Mitchell Starc, who was rested for the series against South Africa, drops one spot to fourth while John Hastings has gained six spots to be the only other Australian in the Top 20, sitting in 18th position.

ICC ODI Rankings - Batsmen

ICC ODI Rankings - Bowlers

(Images courtesy of the International Cricket Council)

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