MCC Young Cricketer Sarah Taylor is the first player to take top-spot in the ICC Women's T20 batting rankings.
The new rankings, introduced ahead of the women's ICC World T20 which starts in Sri Lanka on 26 September, see Taylor and MCC World Cricket committee member, England captain Charlotte Edwards, occupy the top two batting spots. Lisa Sthalekar of Australia is the top ranked bowler.
Watch: Taylor discusses the YC Programme
Taylor has been in magnificent form over the past year, particularly in the shortest format where her superb range of strokes allows her to score all around the ground.
The 23-year-old has slotted perfectly into the key number three position after the retirement of namesake Claire in 2011, and will be key to England's chances of regaining the trophy in Sri Lanka.
She said: "I'm delighted to be number-one in the batting rankings and excited that Charlotte Edwards is at number-two. I'll be looking to continue my form into the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012."
Taylor, also considered one of the finest wicket-keepers in the women's game, joined the MCC's playing staff in 2011, a decision she recently described as her best.
An international since the age of 17, Taylor joined the YCs as a double world cup winner (T20 & 50 over) but on the outside of the set-up having taken some time off over the Ashes winter of 2010/11.