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South Africa aims for number-one spot

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 16:11 hrs

Dubai, Aug 23 (IBNS) England will be presented with the Reliance ICC One-Day International Shield at Cardiff on Friday as the number-one ranked side at the annual update of the rankings, but South Africa will get an opportunity to take top spot in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table in a five-ODI series that starts on Friday 24 August.

Former ICC President David Morgan will be joined by David Collier, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive, in presenting the Shield to England ODI captain Alastair Cook at the SWALEC Stadium, one of three venues for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.



Following this year's annual update, England had become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point.

But if South Africa goes on to win the first match in the series then it will become the first country to hold the number-one rankings spot in all the formats of the game at the same time, having deposed England as the top ranked Test team in the series that finished on Monday.

However, to hold on to the number-one ranking, AB de Villiers' South Africa needs to win the series against England by 3-2 or better. In case of a 5-0 series win for South Africa, Cook's England will drop to 112 ratings points. In contrast, if England makes a clean sweep of the series, then it will consolidate its hold on the number-one rank, pushing South Africa down to 108 ratings points.

However, England and South Africa's final position on the table will be determined by the outcome in the three-ODI Pakistan-Australia series scheduled to be held from 28 August to 2 September in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

The England-South Africa and Australia-Pakistan series will feature five of the top 10 ranked players in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, including number-one ranked Hashim Amla, de Villiers (in third), Cook at sixth, Jonathan Trott (in seventh) and Michael Clarke (in eighth).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, South Africa fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe will eye an opportunity to consolidate his number-one position. Tsotsobe is followed by Pakistan´s spin duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal. Three others from the top 10, Morne Morkel (in fourth), Steven Finn (in sixth) and seventh-ranked Graeme Swann, will also be in action in the upcoming series.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, third-ranked Hafeez and Shahid Afridi in fourth will eye improvements.

The player rankings will now be updated on 6 September, after the conclusion of the Pakistan-Australia and England-South Africa ODI series.

England v South Africa series schedule

24 Aug-1st ODI, Cardiff

28 Aug - 2nd ODI, Southampton

31 Aug- 3rd ODI, The Oval

2 Sep - 4th ODI, Lord's

5 Sep- 5th ODI, Trent Bridge



Afghanistan v Australia

25 Aug- One-off ODI, Sharjah



Pakistan v Australia series schedule

28 Aug - 1st ODI, Sharjah

31 Aug - 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

3 Sep - 3rd ODI, Sharjah



Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 21 August, before England-South Africa and Pakistan-Australia series)

Rank Team Rating

1 England 121

2 South Africa 121

3 India 120

4 Australia 112

5 Sri Lanka 108

6 Pakistan 105

7 West Indies 94

8 New Zealand 74

9 Bangladesh 71

10 Zimbabwe 50

11 Ireland 35

12 Netherlands 16

13 Kenya 11



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as on 21 August, before England-South Africa and Pakistan-Australia series)



Batsmen



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Hashim Amla SA 871 56.49 886 v Ind at Centurion 2011

2 (+1) Virat Kohli Ind 858 51.81 866 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2012

3 (-1) AB de Villiers SA 851! 49.00 851 v NZ at Auckland 2012

4 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 773 38.72 781 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2012

5 ( - ) MS Dhoni Ind 745 51.17 836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

6 ( - ) Alastair Cook Eng 742 41.59 752 v Aus at Lord´s 2012

7 ( - ) Jonathan Trott Eng 738 49.19 781 v Ind at Mumbai 2011

8 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 700 45.30 750 v SL at Melbourne 2008

9 (+1) Shane Watson Aus 694 41.48 773 v SL at Hambantota 2011

10 (+7) G Gambhir Ind 689 40.94 722 v NZ at Vadodara 2010

11 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 683! 35.63 683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012

12 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 681 45.26 817 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

13 ( - ) Umar Akmal Pak 677 38.48 702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012

14 ( - ) Mike Hussey Aus 671 48.27 857 v NZ at Perth 2007

15= (-6) T Dilshan SL 667 35.15 765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011

( - ) Brendan Taylor Zim 667! 34.84 667 v NZ at Napier 2012

( - ) Ross Taylor NZ 667 38.19 693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009

18 ( - ) Eoin Morgan Ire/Eng 655 40.47 690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

19 (+1) JP Duminy SA 648 40.90 668 v Net at Mohali 2011

20 (+1) R ten Doeschate Net 645* 67.00 665 v Ire at Kolkata 2011



Bowlers



Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave Econ HS Ranking

1 ( - ) L Tsotsobe SA 743*! 20.05 4.56 743 v NZ at Auckland 2012

2 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 727 ! 32.77 4.06 727 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2012

3 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 696 24.61 4.18 746 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

4 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 695 23.18 4.87 717 v SL at East London 2012

5 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 691* 23.73 4.65 711 v Aus at Durham 2012

6 ( - ) R Ashwin Ind 681 30.50 4.78 691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

7 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 668 26.34 4.46 735 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011

8 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 655 28.85 4.29 717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

9 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 653 31.48 4.12 788 v Eng at Durham 2008

10 ( - ) Kyle Mills NZ 647 25.99 4.69 722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

11 ( - ) Clint McKay Aus 639*! 22.40 4.68 639 v Eng at Old Trafford 2012

12 ( - ) Abdur Razzak Ban 637 28.12 4.48 675 v Zim at Chittagong 2010

13 ( - ) Sunil Narine WI 634*! 18.82 3.66 634 v NZ at St Kitts 2012

14 ( - ) Jacob Oram NZ 630 28.92 4.37 768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

15 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 627 28.62 5.08 666 v Ind at Nagpur 2011

16 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 621 30.60 5.01 687 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

17 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 619 33.51 4.60 673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

18 ( - ) Tim Southee NZ 617 ! 31.09 5.20 617 v WI at St Kitts 2012

19 ( - ) Ray Price Zim 614 35.75 3.94 722 v WI at Guyana 2010

20 ( - ) Mitchell Johnson Aus 611 25.47 4.86 724 v Ban at Darwin 2008



All-rounders
Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 447 453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 412 433 v WI at St Lucia 2012

3 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 398 410 v SL at Pallekele 2012

4 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 343 383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

5 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 330 506 v WI at Barbados 2001


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