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England puts No 1 ODI ranking on the line

Posted on Jan 09, 07:22PM | IBNS

England will be aiming to carry its Test form into the ODI format and win its first series in India in 28 years, and, in so doing, cement its status as the number-one ranked side on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table.

England plays India in a five-match series starting on Friday, 11 January in Rajkot, while South Africa will play New Zealand in a three-match series starting on 19 January in Paarl.

England currently leads second-ranked South Africa by a fraction of a point, but will take an outright lead on the championship table if it wins the series, irrespective of the results of the South Africa-New Zealand and Australia-Sri Lanka series (starting on Friday in Melbourne).

However, England's failure to win the series will give both India and South Africa opportunities to reclaim the top spot.

If India wins all five matches of the series, it will jump two places to claim the top spot, while South Africa can only go top if it wins all three matches against New Zealand and India wins its series, but fails to complete a clean sweep.

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings

No fewer than seven batsmen featuring in the top 10 of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI batsmen are likely to figure in the India-England, Australia-Sri Lanka and South Africa-New Zealand series.

Hashim Amla currently leads the pack with his team-mate AB de Villiers second.

India's Virat Kohli in third spot leads his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni by 35 ratings points, and he will not only be aiming to strengthen his position with a strong performance against England, but also put pressure on South Africa's ODI captain.

It is expected that the series will result in fewer changes at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, where number-one ranked Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan is currently enjoying a comfortable lead over second-placed teammate Mohammad Hafeez.

As many as five of the top 10 are expected to be in action during the three series, including Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne Morkel, Steven Finn, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dale Steyn.

Build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013

The tussle for the top spot on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship Table is also a build-up for the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held from 6 to 23 June in England and Wales.

Group A includes defending champion Australia, 2000 winner New Zealand and 2002 champion Sri Lanka, along with host England, which reached the final when it last staged the event in 2004.

Australia and Sri Lanka face-off on 17 June at The Oval in a day-night match during what will be the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.

While Australia and Sri Lanka may not be in the race for the number-one position on the Championship Table, the five-match series will provide both sides an opportunity to size each other up.

Sides in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy are 1998 winner South Africa, 2004 champion West Indies, 2002 winner India, and Pakistan.

The tournament opener will feature the two former winners when South Africa takes on 2002 champion India in Cardiff on 6 June. The following day, the West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval.

The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged at The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June), while Edgbaston will be the venue of the final, to be played on 23 June.

Reliance ICC ODI Championship table

With 14 ratings points separating number-one ranked England from sixth-ranked Sri Lanka, the battle for the Reliance ICC ODI Shield and a cash award of USUSD 175,000 is truly warming up.

While India-England and Australia-Sri Lanka will square-off against each other from Friday, and South Africa will take on New Zealand from 19 January, there is a number of additional series to be played before the 1 April cut-off date.

Australia will take on the West Indies between 1 and 10 February, England will travel to New Zealand for a three-match series from 17 February, and South Africa will host Pakistan in a five-match series from 10 March. Every match counts as the six leading sides battle to finish inside the top two.

The side that tops the Championship table on the 1 April cut-off date collects a cheque of USUSD 175,000 along with a Shield, while the team that finishes second receives a cheque of USUSD 75,000.


Upcoming fixtures


Australia v Sri Lanka

11 Jan - First ODI (d/n), Melbourne

13 Jan - Second ODI (d/n), Adelaide

18 Jan - Third ODI (d/n), Brisbane

20 Jan - Fourth ODI (d/n), Sydney

23 Jan - Fifth ODI (d/n), Hobart


India v England

11 Jan - First ODI (d/n), Rajkot

15 Jan - Second ODI (d/n), Kochi

19 Jan - Third ODI (d/n), Ranchi

23 Jan - Fourth ODI (d/n), Mohali

27 Jan - Fifth ODI (d), Dharamsala


South Africa v New Zealand

19 Jan - First ODI (d), Paarl

22 Jan - Second ODI (d/n), Kimberley

25 Jan - Third ODI (d/n), Potchefstroom

Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as on 9 January)

Rank Team Rating

1 England 121

2 South Africa 121

3 India 117

4 Australia 113

5 Sri Lanka 110

6 Pakistan 107

7 West Indies 88

8 Bangladesh 78

9 New Zealand 72

10 Zimbabwe 50

11 Ireland 35

12 Netherlands 16

13 Kenya 11

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 9 January)

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 Hashim Amla SA 901! 59.55 901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

2 AB de Villiers SA 852! 49.21 852 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

3 Virat Kohli Ind 824 49.98 866 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2012

4 MS Dhoni Ind 789 52.28 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

5 Jonathan Trott Eng 749 49.06 781 v Ind at Mumbai 2011

6 K Sangakkara SL 746 38.56 781 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2012

7 Michael Clarke Aus 718 45.48 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

8 Alastair Cook Eng 707 40.01 752 v Aus at Lord's 2012

9 Mike Hussey Aus 688 48.15 857 v NZ at Perth 2007

10 T Dilshan SL 682 35.69 765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011

11 Shane Watson Aus 680 41.48 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

12 Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 674 40.70 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

13 Brendan Taylor Zim 667! 34.84 667 v NZ at Napier 2012

14= Shakib Al Hasan Ban 666 35.63 683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

Gautam Gambhir Ind 666 40.24 722 v NZ at Vadodara 2010

16 Umar Akmal Pak 665 37.75 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

17 Jacques Kallis SA 664 45.26 817 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

18 Ross Taylor NZ 661 37.86 693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009

19 Paul Stirling Ire 641* 39.13 650 v Sco at Edinburgh 2011

20 JP Duminy SA 636 40.01 668 v Net at Mohali 2011

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking

1 Saeed Ajmal Pak 801! 22.41 4.09 801 v Ind at Delhi 2013

2 M Hafeez Pak 753 32.86 4.01 769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

3 Sunil Narine WI 724*! 19.48 3.79 724 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

4 L Tsotsobe SA 690* 22.05 4.67 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

5 Morne Morkel SA 676 23.32 4.87 717 v SL at East London 2012

6 Steven Finn Eng 668* 25.90 4.67 711 v Aus at Durham 2012

7= R Ashwin Ind 661 31.15 4.74 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

Graeme Swann Eng 661 26.31 4.47 735 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011

9 Abdur Razzak Ban 657 27.60 4.46 675 v Zim at Chittagong 2010

10 Dale Steyn SA 644 28.20 5.03 666 v Ind at Nagpur 2011

11 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 639 28.85 4.29 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

12 Kyle Mills NZ 632 26.06 4.70 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

13 Clint McKay Aus 626* 22.40 4.68 639 v Eng at Old Trafford 2012

14 James Anderson Eng 624 30.54 5.01 687 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

15 Tim Southee NZ 623! 30.64 5.19 623 v SL at Hambantota 2012

16 Ray Price Zim 614 35.75 3.94 722 v WI at Guyana 2010

17 Jacob Oram NZ 612 29.17 4.38 768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

18= Mitchell Johnson Aus 611 25.52 4.85 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

Kemar Roach WI 611 24.95 4.96 634 v Aus at St. Vincent 2012

20 Lasith Malinga SL 607 26.75 5.10 675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 M Hafeez Pak 428 438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 426 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

3 Shane Watson Aus 395 433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

4 Angelo Mathews SL 325 331 v NZ at Hambantota 2012

5 Shahid Afridi Pak 316 383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

6 Jacques Kallis SA 313 506 v WI at Barbados 2001

7 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 281 287 v SL at Perth 2012

8 Jacob Oram NZ 272 382 v WI at Queenstown 2008

9 Darren Sammy WI 268 276 v Ban at Mirpur 2012

10 Andre Russell WI 250*/* 271 v NZ at St Kitts 2012