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India fourth in ICC ODI rankings

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2008 18:50 IST

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India can rise to third from its current fourth position in the ICC ODI rankings if it wins all its remaining matches in current tri-series in Australia.

M.S. Dhoni's side is currently on 110 rating points and if it wins all the remaining matches in Australia, it will gain five points to dislodge New Zealand (113 points) from third place.

India plays Australia tomorrow before taking on Sri Lanka on Tuesday. The tri-series winner will be decided by the best of three final matches.

If it loses one game and wins the remaining, it will have 113 points but still stay behind the Black Caps at fourth when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

And, if India loses all the remaining matches in the tri-series, it will be pushed down to sixth spot.

The series results are significant as the cut-off date for the determination of seedings for the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan is fast approaching.

Wherever the top eight teams sit on that date will dictate the make-up of the two groups for the big event, which is set to take place in Pakistan in September.

Meanwhile, New Zealand strengthens its position in third place after its 3-1 series win against England, completed with a 34-run victory in the final ODI in Christchurch today.

The series loss to New Zealand meant England stayed in seventh place on 105 rating points. But Paul Collingwood's side can swap places with Sri Lanka if Mahela Jayawardene's side loses both its remaining matches against Australia and India next week.

Australia is on top of the championship table with 131 points, four points clear of South Africa.