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Oz dethroned in ODIs, SA is No. 1

South Africa has dethroned Australia as the number one ODI team after demolishing the latter by 39 runs in the fifth and final match to clinch the ODI series with an emphatic 4-1 margin, reports HT.

cricket Updated: Jan 31, 2009 09:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

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.

First Published: Jan 30, 2009 18:44 IST