In One-Day International cricket, the recent English run-feasts have resulted in several players' batting ratings being further inflated: Kiwis Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put together prolific series, and have secured places in the top ten, while Jos Buttler climbs to number 12. This shuffling, and the removal of June 2013 from the sample of data, has caused the order of the top 20 batsmen to be noticeably different to last month, even though the personnel are in fact unchanged. The same would be true of the bowling table, but for the inclusion of Matt Henry at number 16.
It is in Twenty20 Internationals that we can expect to see the biggest changes over the coming months, as the World Twenty20 Qualifier rolls into town. Already, Dutch bowlers are storming up the rankings thanks to their ongoing series against Nepal, and by the end of the month we will have seen a further dozen or more all-Associate clashes that will give the Twenty20 tables - particularly the bowling table - a far more global feel. For anyone who might criticise the standard of such matches - the players involved can only beat what's in front of them.