South Africa still ODI’s best

Published : 8:49 am  May 2, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 


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South Africa retained and consolidated their place at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings following its annual update with Sri Lanka remaining in sixth position. 

World champions Australia remain in second place with 118 points, but are now four points further adrift of South Africa who have 123 points cushioning their pre-update one-point lead.  

The only change in the rankings was with India swapping places with New Zealand, to move into third, after the five points they gained took them past the Kiwis. 

Sri Lanka, who have lost series to England, Australia and South Africa in the last year have dropped five points but still lead Bangladesh  (91) by two points. 

With the September 30 deadline for automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2017, Sri Lanka have a five point lead over eighth-placed Pakistan (88) who hold the final qualification berth. 

Sri Lanka’s next ODI assignment is next month’s Champions Trophy, before hosting Zimbabwe and India prior to the deadline. 
Bangladesh has surrendered one point and is now on 91 points, but its gap over eighth-ranked Pakistan has increased from two points to three. 

The annual update is carried out to ensure the table continues to reflect teams’ recent form with older results being discarded. As such, the table now reflects all matches from 1 May 2014, with matches played from 1 May 2016 carrying 100 percent weighting.

Both Pakistan and ninth-ranked West Indies have dropped points following the update – Pakistan slipping from 90 points to 88 points and the West Indies sliding from 83 points to 79 points. However, Pakistan’s pre-update seven-point gap has extended to nine points.