Australia top rankings after series victory over Pakistan

2014-10-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Australia have surged to the top of the ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings after completing a 3-0 series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sunday night’s dramatic one-run victory in Abu Dhabi and the cancellation of the third ODI between India and the West Indies has ensured top billing for Geor­ge Bailey’s side as the race to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup heats up amongst some of the top-ranked sides.

The cancellation of today’s ODI between India and the West Indies in Visakhapatnam due to a natural disaster, means India cannot leapfrog Australia even if they win the remaining two matches in Dharamshala and Kolkata on October 17 and 20, respectively. In that scenario, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side will fall 0,02 ratings points short of Australia, who are now sitting on 114 ratings points.

It has taken Australia five ODIs to regain the No 1 ranking after they dropped from the top pedestal in Harare on August 31 following a three-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe. Australia have won four of the last five ODIs with their only loss coming against South Africa in the triangular series final in Harare on September 6.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI bowlers, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has moved up two places to fifth following figures of three for 24 runs and three for 40 in the opening two ODIs.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan has vaulted five places to 27th position after claiming three wickets in the series, while Shahid Afridi has also climbed six places after a consistent display and the leg-spinner is level with Australia’s Xavier Doherty at 35.

In the ICC ODI Player Rankings, Australia’s hard-hitting opener David Warner has risen three places to 40th after scores of 43, 29 and 56.

ICC ODI TEAM RANKINGS

1. Australia - 114

2. India - 113

3. South Africa - 113

4. Sri Lanka - 111

5. England - 107

6. Pakistan - 98

7. New Zealand - 98

8. West Indies - 96

9. Bangladesh - 69

10. Zimbabwe - 58

11. Afghanistan - 42

12. Ireland - 33.

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