Australia on top in ICC rankings despite 0-2 series loss to New Zealand
Australia have hung on to the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for teams despite their 0-2 loss in the Chappell-Hadlee series to New Zealand but they can lose the top spot if South Africa whitewash Sri Lanka.cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2017 13:41 IST
Australia have retained their top spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, despite suffering a 0-2 series loss in the Chappell-Hadlee series against New Zealand which concluded in Hamilton.
With this series loss, Australia have dropped from 120 to 118 points, level with South Africa but ahead only because of more points. The Proteas can become the new No.1 ODI side if they complete a 5-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka.
With South Africa leading Sri Lanka 3-0 in its five-match series, they have a good chance against an inexperienced Sri Lanka side. If they win the series 5-0, South Africa will finish one point ahead of Australia on 119 points.
The series win has also helped New Zealand to rise to third in the rankings with 113 points, one point clear of fourth-ranked India. Virat Kohli’s team do not play any more ODIs until the Champions Trophy in June, where India are the defending champions.
New Zealand’s players move up
Trent Boult’s haul of 6/33, the best in his ODI career, has him consolidate the top spot in the ICC rankings for bowlers, ahead of Mitchell Starc who picked up four wickets in the two games.
Ross Taylor, who smashed his 16th ODI century, the joint-most for a New Zealand batsman, is in 16th position in the list of batsmen while Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are the other New Zealand batsmen in the top 10. The list is headed by David Warner, who blasted six hundreds in 13 ODIs against South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan.
New Zealand’s next series is against South Africa at home where they will play one T20I, five ODIs and three Tests.