Cape Town - The Proteas can move into third place in the ICC
ODI team rankings if they beat New Zealand in the upcoming three-match series which
starts in Centurion on Wednesday.
Just a single point separates the two sides heading into the
series and this will be their first meeting in 50-over cricket since the thrilling
Cricket World Cup semi final in Auckland which the Black Caps won by four
South Africa, currently ranked at No 4 on the ODI rankings
table, can move to within three points of second-placed India with a 3-0 win,
while a 2-1 scoreline for AB de Villiers’s side would see them switch both
points tally and places with the No 3-ranked Black Caps.
A whitewash in favour of Kane Williamson’s men, on the other
side of the coin, can strengthen their third position in the rankings and
reduce India’s lead to two points, while a 2-1 win would see them gain a point.
The ODI series starts in Centurion on Wednesday, with
matches also scheduled for (Potchefstroom, August 23) and Durban (August 26).
ICC ODI Championship table (as of August 17, ahead of South
Africa-New Zealand series):
Rank Team Points
2 India 115
10 Ireland 50