England need series whitewash to go top

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A five-nil series whitewash over Sri Lanka will see England return to the top of the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings.

A five-nil series whitewash over Sri Lanka will see England return to the top of the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings this month.

A four-one victory will push England, who currently occupy fourth position, to second. A three-two triumph will afford them third place.

In contrast, a four-one success for the Sri Lankans will see India displaced in second spot, while England will retain fourth spot.

Australia, who are also leading the Test championship, are at the helm of the ODI table.

South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies are fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Bangladesh are ninth, Zimbabwe 10th, Afghanistan 11th and Ireland 12th.

The English and Sri Lankans will meet for five ODIs – at The Oval, Chester-le-Street, Manchester, Lord's and Birmingham – between 22 May and 3 June.

England topped the ODI rankings, which were introduced in 2002, for the first time in August 2012.

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