Ranking shuffle on the cards in ODI series


Reshuffling of the pack in the middle of the ODI rankings is on the cards as England host world champion Australia in a five-match series, which starts in Southampton on Thursday.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell, one of the stars of the World Cup in March, will begin as the highest-ranked batsman in the rankings for ODI batsmen in ninth position, but there are as many as six batsmen occupying positions from 11th to 33rd who will be aiming to finish higher by the time the series concludes at Old Trafford on 13 September.

Australia's George Bailey is 11th, followed by his captain Steven Smith (14th), Jos Buttler (17th), David Warner (22nd), Shane Watson (23rd) and England captain Eoin Morgan (33rd).

With 80 points separating Bailey from Morgan, strong performances in what is expected to be another keenly-contested series will help these batsmen finish in higher positions.

Maxwell himself will be aiming to make gains and can potentially finish ahead of New Zealand’s seventh-ranked Ross Taylor, whom he trails by 25 points.

South Africa hold the top two batting positions with captain AB de Villiers leading Test captain Hashim Amla by 73 points.

Number-one ranked Mitchell Starc will lead the Australia bowling attack and will be looking to widen the gap with second-ranked Imran Tahir of South Africa.

The left-arm fast bowler leads the wrist spinner by 42 points but is 18 points shy of his career-high 783 points, which he had achieved against New Zealand in Auckland during the World Cup.

Steven Finn is England's highest-ranked bowler in 14th position and will have his eyes on 10th-ranked Ravichandran Ashwin of India, who is 27 points ahead. Finn's team-mate Moeen Ali is the other bowler who features inside the top 50 in 46th position and will be looking to improve his ranking.

Bowlers outside the top 50 and aiming to improve their rankings include Shane Watson (80th), Nathan Coulter-Nile (93rd) and Ben Stokes (94th).

In the rankings for ODI all-rounders, Maxwell is the highest-ranked player from either side in sixth position. The list is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

In the team rankings, number-one ranked Australia lead sixth-ranked England by 31 points. Irrespective of how the series ends, Australia will finish in the top spot but England can move ahead of Sri Lanka into fifth position if they wins all five matches in the series.