England aims for number-one spot in all three formats

England will have an opportunity to achieve the number-one ranking in the ICC ODI Championship table when it goes head to head with traditional rival Australia in a five-ODI series which starts at Lord’s on Friday.


England currently sits in fourth position on 112 ratings points, 11 ratings points behind number-one-ranked Australia. But all this will change if England wins all five ODIs of the series.

In case of a 5-0 series win, Alastair Cook’s England will jump to 119 ratings points, while Australia will join second placed South Africa on 118 ratings points, but will be ranked below the Proteas when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If England achieves a 5-0 series result, then it will become the first country to hold the number-one rankings spot in all the formats of the game at the same time.

In a sharp contrast, if Australia makes a clean sweep of the series, then it will gain four ratings points and will extend its advantage over its closest rival South Africa to nine ratings points, while England will slip to fifth position, four ratings points behind Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, both the sides boast two players inside the top 10 – Cook in fifth, Jonathan Trott in seventh, Michael Clarke in eighth and Shane Watson in ninth.

After the quartet, Eoin Morgan in 30th position is the highest-ranked batsman, followed by David Hussey (35th), David Warner (40th) and Ian Bell (49th) who all feature inside the top 50.

The batting table is headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla with his team-mate AB de Villiers sitting in second position, 20 ratings points behind.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn are the only bowlers from either side who figure inside the top 10. The England spinner is in sixth spot while the England fast bowler is ranked 10th.

Other bowlers sitting outside the top 10 and eyeing upward movement include Mitchell Johnson (13th), James Anderson (15th), Shane Watson (17th), Brett Lee (22nd), Stuart Broad (26th), Clint McKay (27th), Xavier Doherty (29th) and Tim Bresnan (30th).

South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe heads the bowlers’ list, followed by Pakistan’s spin duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, second-ranked Watson will have a chance to move ahead of Shakib Al Hasan as the Australian trails the Bangladeshi by just 16 ratings points. Bresnan in 18th spot is England’s highest-ranked all-rounder.

The player rankings will now be updated on 17 July, after the conclusion of West Indies-New Zealand ODI series which starts in Kingston, Jamaica, on 5 July.

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