Australia captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he is determined for his side to maintain its lead at the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings table.
Following the annual update of the Reliance ICC ODI Championship, Australia has extended its lead at the top of the table to 12 points, with Sri Lanka and India leading the chasing pack.
Clarke said that his side is looking to maintain its position in the table and is already building towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.
“This Australian side is extremely proud to be ranked the number one one-day side in the world. However, we realise there is some significant work to be done if this is to remain the case,” said Clarke.
“Being knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the quarter-final stage was very disappointing and our group has already started its planning to reclaim the title on our home shores.
“This summer in Australia will be a great stepping stone towards this aim as we take on World Cup champions India and runners-up Sri Lanka in a return of the tri-series competition throughout Australia.
“The 50-over game proved itself an exciting and unpredictable format during the tournament on the sub-continent and we are looking forward to the fans supporting what we are sure will be another great event in 2015.”
The number one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship on 1 April 2012 will receive US $175,000, while the second placed side will earn US $75,000.