Cape Town - World
champions Australia have retained their No 1 ranking on the ICC
ODI team rankings following their 58-run victory over the West Indies in
the final of the tri-series in Barbados on Sunday.
South Africa, however, have dropped behind India into fourth place after the Proteas failed to reach the final.
Australia had started the series on 124 points and finished on 123
points, to lead second-ranked New Zealand by 10 points.
Africa’s three loses and one no-result meant they dropped two points to
join India on 110 points, but are behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side when
the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.
The biggest gainers from the tri-series were the West Indies, who
retained their eighth ranking but more importantly gained six points to
open up a seven-point advantage over ninth-ranked Pakistan.
If this is read in the context that England plus seven highest-ranked
sides on the rankings as on September 30, 2017 will qualify directly for
the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, then this is a significant improvement.
Sri Lanka and England, who are in the midst of their ODI series, have
also swapped places after three matches with England moving ahead of Sri
The first game had ended in a thrilling tie, England won the second
match by 10 wickets, while the third was abandoned due to rain.
The final two matches of the series will be played on June 29 and July 2, which means England have an opportunity to strengthen their fifth
position while Sri Lanka have a chance to regain fifth spot.
In the rankings for ODI bowlers, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, Josh
Hazlewood of Australia and West Indies captain Jason Holder achieved
career-best rankings after impressive performances in the tri-series.
Rabada jumped six places to join seventh-ranked compatriot Dale Steyn
after he finished the series with seven wickets, 25-year-old Hazlewood
vaulted eight places to 15th after he ended up as the third most
successful bowler behind fourth-ranked Imran Tahir (13) and number-one
ranked Sunil Narine (12) with 11 wickets, while Holder broke into the
top 20 in 20th position after rising four places.
Mitchell Marsh, who was named player of the final for his contribution
of 32 runs and figures of three for 32, gained 12 places to break into
the top 50 in 50th position for the first time in his career.
After three matches in the series between England and Sri Lanka, the
home side’s Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes and David Willey also achieved
career-high rankings. Rashid moved up 21 places to 30th, Woakes to 33rd
spot after rising 15 places and Willey rocketed 17 places to claim 44th
South Africa’s AB de Villiers continued to lead the rankings for ODI
Batsmen, which saw Marsh gain six places to reach 28th. Marsh scored 154
runs in the series, including a 79 not out against the West Indies in a
league game at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
West Indies’ Marlon Samuels gained two places to reach 27th, stylish
left-hander Darren Bravo earned 10 places to claim 40th spot after
scoring 222 runs in the tournament, including 102 against South Africa
in a must-win match against South Africa, Farhaan Behardien jumped six
places to 49th spot, and Kieron Pollard was in 54th spot after moving up
There was some good news for England batsmen as well. Opener Alex Hales
lifted seven places to claim a career-high 24th position, while Jason
Roy made a gain of 12 places to a career-high 78th position.
Sri Lanka batsmen making upward movements after three ODIs included
Angelo Mathews 20th (up by two places), Dinesh Chandimal 59th (up by 11
places) and Upul Tharanga 98th (up by five places).
In the rankings for ODI all-rounders, Marsh gained three places to reach
sixth. The list is headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.
Latest ICC ODI team rankings:
Under ranking, country, points
1. Australia 123
2. New Zealand 113
3. India 110
4. South Africa 110
5. England 104
6. Sri Lanka 104
7. Bangladesh 98
8. West Indies 94
9. Pakistan 87
10. Afghanistan 51
11. Zimbabwe 46
12. Ireland 41