Australia lose ground in ODI team rankings
Jan.29 (CRICKETNMORE) - England and New Zealand are rewarded for their recent ODI series wins over Australia and Pakistan respectively with moves up the ICC ODI team rankings.
While the 50-over tournament champions have slipped in the team rankings table, England and New Zealand have been rewarded for their impressive performances against Australia and Pakistan, respectively. England (116) have moved up to third after gaining two points and New Zealand (115) have risen to fourth after earning three points.
Following a 4-1 series defeat, Australia are now fifth on 112 points, while Pakistan, after being swept aside 5-0 by New Zealand, are sixth on 96 points. The top five sides are still separated by just nine points.
In Bangladesh, the hosts went head to head with Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in a tri-series, which culminated on Saturday with Sri Lanka beating Bangladesh in the final by 79 runs. From this series, all three sides retained their pre-series rankings, but Bangladesh conceded two points to slip to 90 and Zimbabwe earned a point to move to 53. Sri Lanka stayed on 84 points.
The excitement of ODI cricket will continue in February, when South Africa will put its number-one ranking on the line against second-ranked India in a six-match series, which starts in Durban on Thursday, 1 February.
To retain the top spot, South Africa will have to draw the series, while India can top the ODI table if they win the series by 4-2 or better. However, India will slip behind England by a fraction of a point if South Africa win the series by 5-1 or better.
Also in action will be 11th-ranked Afghanistan and 10th-ranked Zimbabwe in Sharjah; the two sides will contest a five-ODI series in Sharjah from 9-19 February.
This series will be their final preparation before the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which begins in Bulawayo and Harare on 4 March. The top two sides from this 10-team tournament will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from 30 May to 15 July next year.
Rank Team Points
1.South Africa - 121
2.India - 119
3.England - 116 (+2)
4.New Zealand - 115 (+3)
5.Australia - 112 (-2)
6.Pakistan - 96 (-3)
8.Sri Lanka - 84 (-)
9.Windies - 76
10.Zimbabwe - 53 (+1)
11.Afghanistan - 51
ICC Media Release