Sri Lanka has a chance to move to the second position in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship while England will retain its fifth position whatever the outcome of the five-match ODI series which starts at The Oval on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka trails second-placed India by one ratings point but will take sole position of second place if it wins the series 4-1 or better. A 3-2 series result will put it at par with India on 119 ratings points but Tillakaratne Dilshan’s side will be placed behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
In contrast, England will retain its fifth position irrespective how the series pans out.
A 5-0 series loss will drop it to 102 ratings points – just two ahead of sixth-placed Pakistan – while 5-0 series win will put it along side Sri Lanka on 112 ratings points but behind the Asian side by a fraction.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka boasts two batsmen inside the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen with Dilshan in third place and his predecessor Kumar Sangakkara in fifth position with just eight ratings points separating the two.
Jonathan Trott is the highest-ranked England batsman in eighth position. And as he is still in his qualification period, he can potentially move further up the ladder depending how he performs in the series. Trott trails seventh-ranked Virat Kohli by one ratings point while he is just 24 ratings points behind Dilshan.
A batsman qualifies for full rating after he has had a minimum of 40 started innings. Trott has batted in each of the 25 ODIs he has played to date in which he has scored 1,280 runs at an average of just under 55.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Graeme Swann of England is the highest-ranked player from either side in fourth position while two Sri Lanka bowlers in Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara figures inside the top 10 in ninth and 10th positions, respectively.