Rankings rise for Root

10 March 2017 10:03:41 EST

England batsman Joe Root has moved into a career-high fourth place in the International Cricket Council's one-day rankings.

Root, 26, moved up in the ODI list following a sixth hundred in 31 innings, stretching back to 1st March 2015.

The 101 in Bridgetown, Barbados, teed up a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies and took his overall average in that two-year period to 62.66.

South Africa's AB de Villiers has moved back to the top after leading the run-getters in the Proteas' 3-2 win over New Zealand.

De Villiers' 262 runs in the series, including a highest of 85 in the third ODI at Wellington, have helped him overtake Australia opener David Warner at the top of the ladder, reclaiming top spot within two months of losing it to India captain Virat Kohli.

De Villiers is on 875 points, four ahead of Warner and 23 clear of Kohli in the updated rankings.

Incredibly, the consistent De Villiers has not been ranked outside the top five batsmen since September 2009.

Root's England team-mate Alex Hales, who chalked up 110 in the same match at the Kensington Oval - his fifth century in the last 20 ODIs - has gained four spots to reach 16th position.

In the bowling, Chris Woakes - who took seven West Indian scalps - has moved into the top ten for the first time.

England remain in fifth place when it comes to 50-over cricket.

England are 1212/1 to win the Champions Trophy in June while South Africa can be backed at 1212/1 and New Zealand at 1212/1.

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