England and India play the first match of their upcoming series in Nottingham on Thursday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents.
Coming on the back of a well-contested Twenty20 International series, which India won 2-1, the top two sides in the ICC ODI Men’s Team Rankings present some interesting prospects in the three-match series a year ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be hosted by England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.
India, who had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on 2 May, get a chance of claiming back the spot, but for that, they will have to blank their adversaries 3-0. England on the other hand will run up a lead of 10 points at the top of the table if they win by the same margin.
The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until 12 August.
Apart from the England-India series ending on 17 July, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan for five matches from 13 to 22 July, the West Indies will play three at home versus Bangladesh from 22 to 28 July, Sri Lanka will host South Africa for five matches from 29 July to 12 August and the Netherlands play two at home against Nepal.
Fifth-placed Pakistan will have to win the series against Zimbabwe by a margin of 4-1 in order to ensure they do not slip behind sixth-placed Australia, while 10th-ranked Zimbabwe will have to pull off a 4-1 win over Pakistan in order to leapfrog Afghanistan and move up one spot in the rankings table.
Similarly, third-ranked South Africa face the challenge of blanking Sri Lanka 5-0 in an away series to ensure they do not slip behind New Zealand even as mid-table sides Bangladesh (seventh), Sri Lanka (eighth) and the West Indies (ninth) will be vying for important points during this period.
Nepal will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the Netherlands on 1 and 3 August while the Netherlands will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Nepal gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it had earlier by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship.
The players of these two nations will be hoping to make impressive entries in the ICC ODI Player Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on 13 August after 18 matches featuring many of the top players around the world.
India captain Virat Kohli leads the rankings for batsmen with a career-high rating of 909 points, a good 96 points ahead of Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who will be hoping to get back into the groove after missing the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe due to injury.
Fourth-ranked Rohit Sharma of India will be looking to continue his T20I form in the ODIs, sixth-ranked Joe Root of England has a good chance of overtaking Ross Taylor, while the South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis as well as India’s left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan are the other players likely to be seen in action.
In the bowlers’ list, top-ranked Jasprit Bumrah’s finger injury, due to which he will miss the series, gives others a chance to close the gap, and third-ranked Hasan Ali of Pakistan would be eyeing a return to the top spot. Leg-spinners Adil Rashid of England and Yuzvendra Chahal of India are other top 10 players who will be seen in upcoming matches.
England v India
12 July – 1st ODI , Trent Bridge, Nottingham
14 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s, London
17 July – 3rd ODI, Headingley, Leeds
Zimbabwe v Pakistan
13 July – 1st ODI, Bulawayo
16 July – 2nd ODI, Bulawayo
18 July, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo
20 July, 4th ODI, Bulawayo
22 July, 5th ODI, Bulawayo
West Indies v Bangladesh
22 July – 1st ODI, Guyana
25 July – 2nd ODI, Guyana
28 July – 3rd ODI, St Kitts
Sri Lanka v South Africa
29 July – 1st ODI, Dambulla
1 Aug – 2nd ODI, Dambulla
5 Aug – 3rd ODI, Kandy
8 Aug – 4th ODI, Kandy
12 Aug – 5th ODI, Colombo
Netherlands v Nepal
1 Aug – 1st ODI, VRA, Amsterdam
3 Aug – 2nd ODI, VRA, Amsterdam
The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match. The ICC ODI predictor function is available here.
ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 10 July):
*Nepal and the Netherlands will qualify for a full ranking after playing four more matches each
(Developed by David Kendix)
ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 10 July):
Batsmen (top 20)
|1||Virat Kohli||Ind||909!||58.1||909 v SA at Centurion 2018|
|2||Babar Azam||Pak||813||51.11||846 v NZ at Wellington 2018|
|3||David Warner||Aus||803||43.43||880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017|
|4||Rohit Sharma||Ind||799||44.55||825 v SL at Mohali 2017|
|5||Ross Taylor||NZ||785||46.28||789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018|
|6||Joe Root||Eng||784||49.82||819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018|
|7||Quinton de Kock||SA||783||45.41||808 v Ban at East London 2017|
|8||Faf du Plessis||SA||782||44.68||802 v Ind at Durban 2018|
|9||Kane Williamson||NZ||778||46.87||798 v SA at Centurion 2015|
|10||Shikhar Dhawan||Ind||769||45.9||794 v SA at Melbourne 2015|
|11||Jonny Bairstow||Eng||760||51.55||777 v Aus at Durham 2018|
|12||Hashim Amla||SA||746||50.23||901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012|
|13||Martin Guptill||NZ||731||42.99||789 v SA at Hamilton 2017|
|14||MS Dhoni||Ind||717||51.37||836 v Aus at Delhi 2009|
|15||Aaron Finch||Aus||706||38.19||744 v Eng at Melbourne 2015|
|16||Jos Buttler||Eng||705||40.67||723 v Ban at Mirpur 2016|
|17||Tamim Iqbal||Ban||698||34.98||721 v Zim at Mirpur 2018|
|18||Steve Smith||Aus||675||41.84||752 v Pak at Sydney 2017|
|19||Travis Head||Aus||670*!||37||670 v Eng at Old Trafford 2018|
|20||Jason Roy||Eng||666||39.06||680 v Aus at Durham 2018|
Bowlers (top 20)
|1||Jasprit Bumrah||Ind||787*!||22.5||4.64||787 v SA at Centurion 2018|
|2||Rashid Khan||Afg||763*||14.4||3.96||787 v Zim at Sharjah 2018|
|3||Hasan Ali||Pak||711*||21.4||5.29||766 v NZ at Wellington 2018|
|4||Trent Boult||NZ||699||24.63||5.09||766 v Ind at Delhi 2016|
|5||Josh Hazlewood||Aus||696||24.27||4.72||733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018|
|6||Imran Tahir||SA||683||24.81||4.68||786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017|
|7||Kagiso Rabada||SA||679||27.57||5.11||724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017|
|8=||Adil Rashid||Eng||667||31.14||5.55||677 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2018|
|Y. Chahal||Ind||667*!||21.83||4.76||667 v SA at Centurion 2018|
|10||Chris Woakes||Eng||653||30.77||5.5||673 v NZ at Christchurch 2018|
|11||Mitchell Starc||Aus||642||20.95||4.93||783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015|
|12||Mitchell Santner||NZ||632||33.91||4.9||663 v Eng at Hamilton 2018|
|13||Moeen Ali||Eng||629!||44.26||5.08||629 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018|
|14||Kuldeep Yadav||Ind||628*||20.02||4.8||637 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2018|
|15||Akshar Patel||Ind||624*||31.31||4.43||663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017|
|16||Mohammad Nabi||Afg||611||31.95||4.29||653 v Zim at Harare 2017|
|17||Pat Cummins||Aus||607||28.45||5.38||626 v Eng at Adelaide 2018|
|18||Matt Henry||NZ||606||24.59||5.57||675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016|
|19||M. Rahman||Ban||601*||19.19||4.63||602 v Zim at Mirpur 2018|
|20||Tim Murtagh||Ire||597||33.16||4.53||613 v Zim at Harare 2018|
All-rounders (top five)
|1||S. Al Hasan||Ban||359||453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009|
|2||M. Hafeez||Pak||339||438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013|
|3||M. Nabi||Afg||323||349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017|
|4||Mitchell Santner||NZ||317!||317 v Eng at Christchurch 2018|
|5=||Angelo Mathews||SL||306||427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014|
|Moeen Ali||Eng||306!||306 v Aus at Old Trafford 2018|
*Indicates a provisional rating
! Indicates career-best rating
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