Kiwi pacer Mills tops ICC ODI bowling rankings

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Wellington, Oct.7 (ANI): New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has claimed the number-one position in the world one-day international bowlers' rankings following his performances in the Champions Trophy cricket tournament which ended in South Africa yesterday.

According to a New Zealand Press Association report, Mills, who started the elite eight-team tournament in No 2 spot behind Nuwan Kulasekara by seven points, now leads his Sri Lanka counterpart by 10 points.

They are the only two bowlers in the 700-point mark.

Mills has been in the top 10 since December, 2007, and finished as the third leading wicket-taker in the tournament with nine wickets to play a leading role in New Zealand's march to the final where they lost to Australia by six wickets.

The Black Caps now have three bowlers in the top five of the ODI ratings.

Skipper captain Daniel Vettori slipped one place down to third in the latest rankings after hamstring injury forced him to miss the final. A player loses one percent of his points for every match missed.

Fast bowler Shane Bond is now fifth after re-entering the list at eighth - he was ranked 14th when he dropped off the ODI rankings earlier this year following his two-season involvement with the rebel Twenty20 Indian Cricket League.

The biggest mover in the bowling table is Australia's Brett Lee who has returned to the top 20 after finishing with six wickets in the tournament. Lee, 32, jumped five places to 16th spot.

In the ODI batsmen's rankings, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to lead the field with his vice-captain Yuvraj Singh a distant second.

The only major change in the top 20 is Australia captain Ricky Ponting who won the player of the tournament award.

The Tasmanian has climbed one place to eighth while South Africa's AB de Villiers moved up to fourth after Michael Hussey dropped one place to fifth.

New Zealander Grant Elliott jumped 16 places to 51st position.

New Zealand made the most of Champions Trophy, moving into fourth in the latest team rankings.

The Black Caps entered the tournament in seventh position on 105 ratings points but improved to 110 after making the final. (ANI)

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