South Africa has an opportunity to draw level with Australia in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table when the two sides go head to head in a three-ODI series which starts at Centurion from Wednesday.
South Africa currently sits in third position on 116 ratings points while Australia is 14 ratings points ahead in top position. However, things will change if the Proteas wins all the three matches of the series.
If South Africa wins the series 3-0, it will join Australia on 124 ratings points but will be placed below by a fraction of a point. However, if the series result is reversed, then Michael Clarke’s side will rise to 133 ratings points while Hashim Amla’s side will drop to 111 ratings points after conceding five ratings points.
In the series being played in India, world champion India has moved ahead of England after taking a 2-0 lead in the five-ODI series.
England had started the series in fourth position on 113 ratings points but has now slipped to 110 ratings points whereas India has jumped from 112 to 115 ratings points.
However, England can still finish in the pre-series fourth position, provided it wins the remaining three matches in the series. In contrast, India just needs to win one more match to not only secure the series but also the number-four position. If it clinches a 5-0 series win and South Africa loses its opening two matches against Australia, India will even rise to third place in the table, just one rating point behind second-placed Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh hosts the West Indies in the third and last ODI of the series in Chittagong today (Tuesday). The West Indies leads the series 2-0 and if it manages to make it 3-0, then it will gain another point and move to 82 ratings points. On the other side of the coin, Bangladesh’s win will mean it will finish on 63 ratings points while West Indies will end on 78 ratings points.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming matches will affect the team rankings, please click here The ODI Championship table is updated after every match.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India’s Virat Kohli has climbed five places to fourth position after scores of 37 and 112 not out in Hyderabad and New Delhi, respectively. Kohli’s team-mate Gautam Gambhir has also improved his ranking and now jointly shares the 11th position with Jacques Kallis after scores of 32 and 84 not out. The West Indies’ Lendl Simmons and team-mate Marlon Samuels are the biggest movers in the latest rankings which were released on Monday evening after the second ODI between India and England in New Delhi. Simmons has rocketed 22 places to 27th spot after hitting 122 and 80 in the two ODIs in Mirpur while Samuels has shot up 33 places to 74th position.
The batting table is still headed by South Africa captain Hashim Amla while an injured AB de Villiers is second and Australia’s Shane Watson is third. In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, England’s Graeme Swann continues to lead the table with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori second. West Indies’ Ravi Rampaul in the biggest mover in this category, having gained 12 places after figures of 2-35 and 2-27 against Bangladesh in Mirpur. This is his career-best ranking to date and he is easily West Indies’ highest-ranked bowler with captain Darren Sammy sitting in 31st position. India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have also gained valuable spots. Ashwin is now in 36th position after rising five places while Jadeja has climbed six places to 38th spot. India’s fast bowler Praveen Kumar has also returned to the top 20 in 20th position.
Bangladesh’s former captain Shakib Al Hasan is the other notable bowler to make an upward movement. The left-arm spinner has climbed three places to 14th spot.