On Friday Australia lost their spot at the top of the ICC’s ODI rankings. Johan Botha led South Africa to a 39-run win in the final game of the series and the 4-1 result put South Africa on top of the table by a fraction of a point.
But Australia, who briefly lost their top position in April 2008 to the same opponents, will soon have a chance to reclaim their position. With the difference between top teams being minimal, if Australia beat New Zealand in the first ODI on Sunday, Ricky Ponting’s men will be back on top.
Even if that does not happen Australia can rest in the knowledge that their position at the top of the Test table is safe.
But at number 3, India are snapping at their heels — within striking distance in both forms of the game.