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Teams warm up for World T20

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Tue, Sep 04, 2012 12:11 hrs

Dubai, Sept 4 (IBNS) Six of the 12 teams at the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 begin preparations for the tournament this week in a series of bilateral matches.

While ICC World Twenty20 2010 runner-up Australia and 2009 champion Pakistan battle in the UAE in a three-match series, ICC World Twenty20 defending champion England plays South Africa at home in a three-match series, and ICC World Twenty20 2007 winner India takes on the visiting New Zealand side in a two-match series.


The three series provide the teams the final opportunity to fine-tune for the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012.

The men's competition at the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will be staged in Hambantota, Pallekele and Colombo from 18 September to 7 October, while the women's group stage will be played in Galle from 26 September, before moving to Colombo for the semi-finals and final stages.

Meanwhile, the three-match series from 8 September at Chester-le-Street provides England an opportunity to reclaim the number one spot in the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table.

Following this year's annual update, South Africa had become the number-one ranked T20 side, leading second-placed England by just one rating point. But if England goes on to win the first match in the series then it will become the number one side.

However, to hold on to the number-one ranking, Stuart Broad's England needs to win the series against South Africa by 2-1 or better. In case of a 3-0 series win for England, AB de Villiers' South Africa will drop to 115 ratings points. In contrast, if South Africa makes a clean sweep of the series, then it will consolidate its hold on the number-one rank, pushing England down to 116 ratings points.

England and South Africa's final position on the table will be determined by the outcome in the Pakistan-Australia and India-New Zealand series.

The Pakistan-Australia, England-South Africa and India-New Zealand series will feature six of the top 10 ranked players in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20 batsmen, including number-one ranked Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill (second), Brendon McCullum (third), Suresh Raina (fifth), Shane Watson (eighth) and David Warner (tenth).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20 bowlers, number-one ranked Graeme Swann will be challenged by second placed Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. The others from the top ten likely to be seen in action are Johan Botha (in third), Shahid Afridi (in fifth), Nathan McCullum (in sixth) and Mohammad Hafeez (in tenth).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20 all-rounders, number one-ranked Shane Watson and second placed Shahid Afridi will be eyeing consolidation of their standings.

The player rankings will now be updated on 13 September, after the conclusion of the Pakistan-Australia, England-South Africa and India-New Zealand T20 series.

Upcoming fixtures

Pakistan v Australia

5 Sep - 1st T20I, Dubai

7 Sep - 2nd T20I, Dubai

10 Sep - 3rd T20I, Dubai



England v South Africa

8 Sep - 1st T20I, Chester-le-Street

10 Sep - 2nd T20I, Old Trafford, Manchester

12 Sep - 3rd T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham



India v New Zealand

8 Sep - 1st T20I, Vizag

11 Sep - 2nd T20I, Chennai



Reliance ICC T20I Championship (before the Australia-Pakistan, England-South Africa and India-New Zealand series)



Rank Team Rating

1 South Africa 130

2 England 129

3 Sri Lanka 119

4 India 111

5 West Indies 111

6 Pakistan 109

7 New Zealand 101

8 Bangladesh 95

9 Australia 93

10 Ireland 88

11 Zimbabwe 47



Not ranked as fewer than eight T20I matches played since August 2010

Afghanistan 92

Netherlands 73

Scotland 67

Canada 11

Kenya 2



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC T20I Rankings (before the Australia-Pakistan, England-South Africa and India-New Zealand series)



Batsmen



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

1 ( - ) Eoin Morgan Eng 774 40.20 136 872 v Ind at Old Trafford 2011

2 ( - ) Martin Guptill NZ 760 34.04 126 793 v SA at Hamilton 2012

3 ( - ) B McCullum NZ 750 34.66 130 833 v Aus at Christchurch 2010

4 ( - ) Chris Gayle WI 744 36.04 144 826 v Ind at Barbados 2010

5 ( - ) Suresh Raina Ind 734* 31.42 139 776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011

6 ( - ) M Jayawardena SL 733 30.80 139 785 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

7 ( - ) T Dilshan SL 714 30.56 125 802 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

8 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 706 26.79 152 732 v WI at St Lucia 2012

9 ( - ) K Sangakkara SL 700 30.33 120 763 v WI at Barbados 2010

10 ( - ) David Warner Aus 681 26.24 140 826 v WI at St Lucia 2010

11 ( - ) JP Duminy SA 674 31.76 127 690 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

12 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 671* 35.81 122 729 v WI at Antigua 2010

13 ( - ) Graeme Smith SA 670 31.67 128 778 v Zim at Kimberley 2010

14 ( - ) G Gambhir Ind 660 32.43 124 723 v SL at Mohali 2009

15 ( - ) H Masakadza Zim 649*! 27.95 121 649 v NZ at Hamilton 2012

16 ( - ) Umar Akmal Pak 628 26.88 118 709 v Zim at Harare 2011

17 ( - ) David Hussey Aus 619 25.06 122 708 v Pak at Edgbaston 2010

18 ( - ) Yuvraj Singh Ind 609* 31.50 152 793 v SA at St Lucia 2010

19 ( - ) Cameron White Aus 606 31.60 140 657 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

20 ( - ) Richard Levi SA 522*! 53.33 208 522 v Ind at Johannesburg 2012



Bowlers



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

1 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 744 16.85 6.45 760 v Pak at Cardiff 2010

2 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 739 16.24 6.17 756 v SA at St Lucia 2010

3 ( - ) Johan Botha SA 715 21.21 6.26 733 v NZ at Auckland 2012

4 ( - ) Ajantha Mendis SL 710 11.12 5.63 746 v Aus at Pallekele 2011

5 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 704 19.67 6.10 814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

6 ( - ) N McCullum NZ 682 16.58 6.53 709 v Zim at Harare 2011

7 (+2) Lasith Malinga SL 652 19.67 7.25 680 v Eng at Bristol 2011

8 (-1) Abdur Razzak Ban 646 16.30 6.64 661 v Ire at Belfast 2012

9 (-1) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 642 20.37 6.79 658 v Ire at Belfast 2012

10 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 639 22.04 6.85 662 v Eng at Dubai 2012

11 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 638 22.17 7.30 672 v Pak at Cardiff 2010

12= ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 629 17.21 6.65 646 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

( - ) N Kulasekara SL 629*! 26.61 7.74 629 v Pak at Hambantota 2012

14 ( - ) Darren Sammy WI 627 17.48 6.47 686 v Eng at The Oval 2011

15 ( - ) Trent Johnston Ire 626 19.13 6.16 633 v Ban at Belfast 2012

16 ( - ) Shaun Tait Aus 622 17.78 6.94 769 v Pak at Edgbaston 2010

17 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 621*! 23.23 7.45 621 v WI at Barbados 2012

18 ( - ) Harbhajan Singh Ind 597 30.05 6.44 701 v WI at Barbados 2010

19 ( - ) Prosper Utseya Zim 596*! 27.06 6.78 596 v NZ at Hamilton 2012

20 ( - ) George Dockrell Ire 591*! 13.11 5.54 591 v Ban at Belfast 2012



All-rounders

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 438/*! 438 v WI at Barbados 2012

2 ( - ) Shahid Afridi Pak 360 413 v NZ at Dubai 2009

3 ( - ) David Hussey Aus 337/* 350 v Ind at Melbourne 2012

4 ( - ) M Hafeez Pak 307*/ 335 v Eng at Dubai 2012

5 ( - ) Dwayne Bravo WI 219*/ ! 219 v NZ at Lauderhill 2012

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