LAHORE - Pakistan all-rounder M Hafeez has replaced South Africa paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe as the number-one ranked bowler in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, which were released on Monday after a one-off ODI between Australia and Afghanistan.

Hafeez and Tsotsobe swapped places on the bowlers’ table after the first match in the England-South Africa ODI series at Cardiff on 24 August, which was abandoned due to rain.

Tsotsobe ended with figures of 2.3-0-18-0 in the rain-affected game, and he now trails Hafeez by just two ratings points in the bowlers’ table. Hafeez and Tsotobe will, however, get a fair opportunity to either retain or reclaim the number-one spot in the coming weeks. Hafeez will be playing in a three-match ODI series against Australia that starts on 28 August in Sharjah, UAE, while Tsotsobe resumes duties in the series against England, also from 28 August.

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as on 27 August, after Afghanistan-Australia ODI, before the Pakistan-Australia series).