Dubai, March 8: With unexpected results in the ongoing World Cup 2011, the ICC ODI rankings table has come in for quite a reshuffle. Sri Lanka has now pipped South Africa to the third position after the latter's shock 6-run defeat at the hands of the English on Sunday.The Proteas have thus dropped one point behind Kumar Sangakkara's side on 116 ratings points.
Meanwhile Australia stays comfortable in the number one position, enjoying a 12-point buffer from India which is in second place. Ireland has moved into 10th position after it stunned England to defeat by three runs in a high-scoring thriller in Bengaluru last Wednesday. This victory earned it six ratings point which has put it six points clear of Zimbabwe on 43 ratings points.
Meanwhile, England batsman Jonathan Trott and Ireland's fast bowler Trent Johnston have achieved career-best rankings in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings. Trott, who is the fourth leading run-getter behind Andrew Strauss (280), A B de Villiers (266) and Kumar Sangakkara (241) with 222 runs, has lept nine places following his scores of 92 against Ireland and 52 against South Africa last week. He now shares 13th position with India's Gautam Gambhir.
Other batsmen moving upwards include Sangakkara in sixth (up by two places), Michael Clarke in 10th (up by two places), Chris Gayle in 12th (up by three places), Ricky Ponting in 18th (up by one place), Yuvraj in 22nd (up by one place), Cameron White in 24th (up by three places), Brendon McCullum in 28th (up by five places), Martin Guptill in 30th (up by 12 places), Umar Akmal in 38th (up by two places), and Kevin O'Brien in 40th (up by 12 places). The Proteas duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers remain at the top two positions with India's Virat Kohli in third place.
Johnston, a former Ireland captain, has so far taken six wickets, including 2-58 against England and 2-16 against India in the last two matches. As such, has been catapulted eight places to claim 12th position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.
Other bowlers to make upward movements are Graeme Swann in fourth (up by three places), Nuwan Kulasekara in sixth (up by three places), Stuart Broad in 10th (up by three places), Kyle Mills in 15th (up by four places), James Anderson in 19th (up by five places), Muttiah Muralidaran in 22nd (up by three places), Shaun Tait in 26th (up by three places) and Tim Southee in 28th (up by eight places).
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori leads South Africa's Morne Morkel by 22 ratings points with Zimbabwe's Ray Price in third position, just two ratings points ahead of Swann.
The only change in the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders is the return of Vettori in fifth place. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan leads the field with Shane Watson of Australia in second, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi in third and Jacques Kallis of South Africa in fourth.