Australia go top of ODI rankings

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Australia have surged to the top of the ICC One-Day International team rankings after completing a three-nil series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sunday night’s dramatic one-run victory in Abu Dhabi, and the cancellation of the third ODI between India and the West Indies, ensured top billing for George Bailey’s side as the race to the World Cup heats up amongst some of the top-ranked sides.

The cancellation of Tuesday’s ODI between India and the West Indies in Visakhapatnam due to a natural disaster, means India cannot leapfrog Australia even if they win the remaining two matches in Dharamshala and Kolkata on 17 and 20 October, respectively.

In that scenario, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side will fall 0.02 ratings points short of Australia, who are now sitting on 114 ratings points.

It took Australia five ODIs to regain the number one ranking after they dropped from the top pedestal in Harare on 31 August, following a three-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe.

Australia won four of their last five ODIs, with their only loss coming against South Africa in the triangular series final in Harare on 6 September.

In the rankings for ODI Bowlers, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson moved up two places to fifth following figures of three for 24 runs and three for 40 in the opening two ODIs.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan vaulted five places to 27th position after claiming three wickets in the series. Shahid Afridi also climbed six places after a consistent display and the leg-spinner moved level with Australia’s Xavier Doherty – who dropped two places – in 35th position.

In the batting rankings, Australia’s hard-hitting opener David Warner rose three places to 40th after scores of 43, 29 and 56.

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