Dubai, May 5 IBNS | 5 months ago

One month after the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, action in international cricket resumes this week, with One-Day International (ODI) cricket in focus.


Dublin will host two ODIs between 1996 world champion Sri Lanka and the giant-killer of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Ireland, on May 6 and May 8

Then on May 9 in Aberdeen, three-time ICC Cricket World Cup finalist England will square-off against Scotland, which qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 earlier this year in New Zealand.

With just nine months to go before the start of the event, which runs between 14 February and 29 March, these three ODIs mean that the first phase of build-up for all sides has well and truly begun.

While England and Sri Lanka have more to lose, Ireland and Scotland have plenty to gain from their respective series.

Ireland currently sits in 11th place on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings with 34 ratings points, and trails third-ranked Sri Lanka by 78 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Ireland will gain points if it wins even one match in the series.

Scotland, currently unranked, has an opportunity to inch closer to getting on to the main rankings table. However, to make that happen, it will have to beat England.

To get on to the main rankings table, Scotland needs to either win two ODIs against Full Members, or achieve one win in an ODI against a Full Member and also win more than 60 per cent of ODIs against other Associates.

Meanwhile, fans in Dublin and Aberdeen will get to see some of the biggest names in action during the ODIs to be played there.

Among the stars in the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen likely to be seen in action are Eoin Morgan (15th) and Alastair Cook (20th).

Among the bowlers inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers likely to be seen in action are James Anderson (eighth) and Angelo Mathews (16th).

Sri Lanka captain Mathews also starts the series against Ireland as the number-two ranked all-rounder on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders.



Forthcoming fixtures:

Ireland v Sri Lanka

6 May: First ODI, Dublin

8 May: Second ODI, Dublin

Scotland v England

9 May: One-off ODI, Aberdeen

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 5 May before Ireland v Sri Lanka and Scotland v England)



Rank Team Rating

1 Australia 115

2 India 112

3 Sri Lanka 111

4 England 110

5 South Africa 109

6 Pakistan 100

7 New Zealand 98

8 West Indies 94

9 Bangladesh 73

10 Zimbabwe 61

11 Ireland 34

12 Afghanistan 34



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 5 May before Ireland v Sri Lanka and Scotland v England)



Batsmen



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 Virat Kohli Ind 881 52.16 886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

2 AB de Villiers SA 872 49.46 883 v Ind at Cardiff 2013

3 George Bailey Aus 856*! 53.12 856 v Eng at Adelaide 2014

4 Hashim Amla SA 840 53.34 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

5 K Sangakkara SL 833 40.45 853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014

6 MS Dhoni Ind 783 53.28 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

7 Jonathan Trott Eng 725 51.25 796 v SA at The Oval 2013

8 Shikhar Dhawan Ind 723* 41.77 736 v WI at Kanpur 2013

9 T Dilshan SL 717 37.67 767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013

10 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 715 44.38 744 v SL at Fatullah 2014

11 Ross Taylor NZ 713! 40.07 713 v Ind at Wellington 2014

12 Kane Williamson NZ 688! 39.51 688 v Ind at Wellington 2014

13 Shane Watson Aus 676 41.06 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

14 Quinton de Kock SA 673*! 46.31 673 v Ind at Centurion 2013

15 Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 665 40.09 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

16 Michael Clarke Aus 660 44.66 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

17= M Hafeez Pak 654 31.05 665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

Ahmed Shehzad Pak 654 34.40 670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

19 Umar Akmal Pak 652 38.57 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

20 Alastair Cook Eng 638 38.17 752 v Aus at Lord's 2012



Bowlers



Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Rating

1 Saeed Ajmal Pak 789 22.25 4.14 810 v SA at Centurion 2013

2 Dale Steyn SA 742 25.49 4.79 746 v Ind at Durban 2013

3 Sunil Narine WI 714 26.97 4.19 791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

4 Steven Finn Eng 681 27.74 4.71 755 v NZ at Auckland 2013

5 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 676 32.58 4.71 738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

6 L Tsotsobe SA 674 24.96 4.75 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

7 Morne Morkel SA 673 23.54 4.78 717 v SL at East London 2012

8 James Anderson Eng 669 29.11 4.97 719 v SA at The Oval 2013

9 Clint McKay Aus 666 24.37 4.78 709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013

10 Rangana Herath SL 651 32.24 4.31 703 v SA at Pallekele 2013

11 Mitchell Johnson Aus 639 25.88 4.85 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

12 M Hafeez Pak 637 35.60 4.06 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

13 Kyle Mills NZ 633 26.74 4.72 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

14 R Ashwin Ind 616 32.91 4.90 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

15 Junaid Khan Pak 613 24.37 4.99 655 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013

16 Angelo Mathews SL 608 35.64 4.50 649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013

17= Kemar Roach WI 607 26.77 4.92 650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013

Abdur Razzak Ban 607 28.69 4.53 679 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

Tim Southee NZ 607 31.52 5.20 633 v Eng at Lord's 2013

20 Ryan McLaren SA 605 28.11 5.11 617 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013



All-rounders



Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 M Hafeez Pak 417 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

2 Angelo Mathews SL 373! 373 v Pak at Mirpur 2014

3 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 368 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

4 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 358 378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

5 Shane Watson Aus 336 433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

(Posted on 07-05-2014)

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