India become No. 1 ODI side again; Australia slip to 4th

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Published: Monday, September 1, 2014, 13:54 [IST]
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Dubai, Sep 1: MS Dhoni-led India have regained the top position in the latest ICC ODI Team Rankings, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced on Monday.

World champion India has been confirmed as the number-one ranked side in the ICC ODI Team Rankings following Zimbabwe's three-wicket victory over Australia in a triangular series match in Harare on Sunday (August 31), ICC said in a media release today.

India become No. 1 ODI side again

India had joined Australia on top of the table after winning the third ODI in Nottingham on 30 August at 114 ratings points, but took sole possession at the coveted number-one spot after Zimbabwe recorded their first victory over Australia in 31 years.

This result meant Australia have dropped three ratings points and have slipped behind South Africa and Sri Lanka into fourth position on 111 ratings points.

South Africa, following their victories over Australia and Zimbabwe, is sitting in second spot on 113 ratings points, while Sri Lanka also have 111 ratings points but is ranked above Australia in third position by a fraction of a point.

With five ODIs to be played this week, there is potential for further changes at the top of the table, depending how these matches pan out.

For world champion India to finish as the number-one ranked side, they need to win the remaining two matches against England and then hope Australia beat South Africa either on 2 September or 6 September (if both the sides clash in the final).

In this scenario, India will be on 115 ratings points, followed by South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka (depending on the outcome of the remaining matches in the triangular series).

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 31 August)

1. India (114 rating points)

2. South Africa 113

3. Sri Lanka 111

4. Australia 111

5. England 106

6. Pakistan 100

7. New Zealand 98

8. West Indies 96

9. Bangladesh 69

10. Zimbabwe 58

11. Afghanistan 42

12. Ireland 33


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