Australia at risk of losing World No 1 ODI status

Australia’s hold on the one-day international world number one ranking has been loosened after the disappointing drawn series against West Indies.


Australia has dropped four ratings points after its five-match ODI series against the West Indies ended in a two-all draw.

Australia had entered the series on 127 ratings points and was guaranteed a number-one position in the Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date after it won the series opener in St Vincent by 64 runs.

However, the two loses, one win and a tied-match in the remaining four matches meant Australia conceded four ratings points and finished on 123 ratings points.

The West Indies, in contrast, gained seven ratings points and joined the New Zealand on 86 ratings points. However, Sammy’s side will be ranked behind the Black Caps when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

While India has retained its pre-series rating of 117 ratings points, Sri Lanka has dropped behind England in fifth position after losing all its matches in the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka had led England by three ratings points before the start of the Asia Cup but now trails by one.

Pakistan has gained one ratings point for its victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (twice) while Bangladesh has been awarded five ratings points for its memorable wins against the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 finalists, India and Sri Lanka.

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