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Gayle only West Indies batsman in ICC top 30

Thursday, September 06, 2012 | 5:54 PM    

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Talismanic opener Chris Gayle is the only West Indian in the top 30 of the latest International Cricket Council One-Day International batting rankings released on Thursday.

The table is headed by prolific South African right-hander Hashim Amla who consolidated his top-rated status with heavy scoring in the ongoing series against England.

Gayle rose one spot to 25th, following on from his impressive form in the recent series against New Zealand where he lashed a century and a half-century.

This is despite spending nearly 18 months on the sidelines because of an impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Big-hitting Kieron Pollard lies 32nd in the rankings with exciting all-rounder Andre Russell, 35th.

In the bowlers’ rankings, mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine remained unmoved at 12th as Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took over the top spot from teammate Mohammad Hafeez.

Right-armer Narine finished with 13 wickets in the five-match series against the Kiwis to claim the Man-of-the-Series honour.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach lies 22nd with team mate Ravi Rampaul 25th.

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