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India, Australia in a battle for top spot in ICC ODI cricket rankings

A result of 4-1 or better in favour of any team between India and Australia will propel them to the top spot in ICC ODI cricket rankings. India host Australia for a five-ODI and three T20 series starting September 17

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 12, 2017 13:06 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Steve Smith shakes hands with Virat Kohli (R) on day one of the fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2015. India host Australia for a five-ODI and three T20 series starting September 17.(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Both India and Australia have an opportunity to displace South Africa as the world No 1 team in ICC ODI cricket Rankings, if they finish with a 4-1 or even a better result in their upcoming five-match series starting September 17. (AUS vs BP XI, LIVE)

India are currently placed at the third spot in ICC ODI Rankings behind Australia, with the difference being of only a few decimal points. A result of 4-1 or better provides a chance to both India and Australia to move up in the ICC cricket Rankings.

India and Australia both have 117 points at present, and follow the top-ranked South Africa, who have 119 points. A win by a margin of 4-1 to either of India or Australia will give them 120 points, enabling them to displace South Africa from the pinnacle of the ODI Rankings.

If either of India or Australia manage to achieve a 5-0 result, they will land up at the top spot with 122 rating points. If India beat Australia 5-0, the visitors would be left with 113 rating points but would still remain ahead of the fourth-placed England.

However, if Australia manage to register a clean sweep over India, the Virat Kohli-led team would be left with 112 rating points.

India will move up in the ICC cricket Rankings even if they beat Australia by a margin of 3-2, as they will have 118 points compared to the visitors’ 116. For Australia, the equation will remain same in case of a win but there will be no change in their position in the table.

- India beats Australia 5-0? India 122, Australia 113

- India beats Australia 4-1? India 120, Australia 114

- India beats Australia 3-2? India 118, Australia 116

- Australia beats India 3-2? Australia 118, India 116

- Australia beats India 4-1? Australia 120, India 114

- Australia beats India 5-0? Australia 122, India 112

The five-match ODI series begins September 17 in Chennai, followed by second ODI at Kolkata on September 21. The third ODI is slated to be played in Indore on September 24, followed by fourth and fifth ODIs in Bengaluru and Nagpur on September 28 and October 1, respectively.

India and Australia will then proceed to a three-match T20I series, which begins October 7 at Ranchi. The second T20I will be played at Guwahati on October 10 and the tour concludes with the final game on October 13 at Hyderabad.

First Published: Sep 12, 2017 13:01 IST