With just two points separating it from third ranked England, a series victory is a must
The number-two position on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings Table will be up for grabs when England and Australia go head to head in a five-ODI series that starts in Headingley, Leeds, on 6 September.
Australia, with 114 ratings points, currently occupies second spot on the championship table, while England is just two ratings points behind in third spot. This means the equation for Australia to retain second spot or for England to claim second position is simple – win the series.
If Australia wins the series 3-2, then both sides will retain their pre-series rankings and ratings, but, if England notches up a series win, then the two sides will swap places with Eoin Morgan’s side rising to 113 ratings points and Michael Clarke’s side slipping to 112 ratings points.
World champion India is sitting on the top of the tree with 123 ratings points, nine ratings points clear of its closest rival, Australia.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Championship Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Championship tables, unlike the Test Championship Table, are updated after every match.
Meanwhile, England captain Eoin Morgan has re-entered the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen in the latest update announced on Wednesday following the Dublin and Edinburgh ODIs on Tuesday.
Morgan has been rewarded for his unbeaten match-winning knock of 124 against Ireland in the one-off ODI in Dublin with a jump of four places that has now put him in 20th. He is the second England batsman in the top 20 after Jonathon Trott (fifth) who will feature in the forthcoming series.
Australia’s George Bailey, who is currently in a qualification period,* is the other batsman inside the top 20 to make an upward move. Bailey had entered the series trailing 15th ranked Brendon McCullum by six ratings points and though the Australian scored only 10 not out against Scotland, it was enough for him to earn eight ratings points and move into 14th position.
Bailey will be one of the three Australia batsmen in the top twenty, behind Shane Watson (11th) and Michael Clarke (12th), to figure in the series against England.
Outside the top 20, England’s Ravi Bopara, Ireland captain William Porterfield and Australia’s duo of Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have made upward movements following centuries on Tuesday.
Bopara, who scored 101 not out, has gained nine places and is now in 53rd spot, Porterfield’s 112 has provided him a leap of 13 places into 64th position, and Marsh’s 151 has put him in 68th spot after rising 13 places.
Aaron Finch, who is in Australia’s squad for the ODI series, has marched his way to the top by rocketing 91 places to 152nd after a 116-ball 148.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen is still headed by South Africa’s Hashim Amla with his captain AB de Villiers in second place and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in third position.
Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has moved up a place to 14th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers in the only change inside the top 20.
Outside the top 20, James Tredwell in 31st (up by two), Boyd Rankin in 46th (up by four) and Majid Haq in 62nd (up by two) are the other bowlers to move in the right direction.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers is still jointly headed by Ravindra Jadeja and Sunil Narine with Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal in third place.
England v Australia
6 Sep: 1st ODI, Headingley, Leeds
8 Sep: 2nd ODI, Old Trafford, Manchester
11 Sep: 3rd ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham (D/N)
14 Sep: 4th ODI, Cardiff
16 Sep: 5th ODI, Southampton (D/N)
Ireland v Scotland (Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship)
6 Sep: 1st ODI, Belfast
8 Sep: 2nd ODI, Belfast
Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as on 3 September) (after Ireland-England ODI)
(Developed by David Kendix)
Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 4 September) (after Ireland-England and Scotland-Australia ODIs)
|1||(-)||Hashim Amla||SA||853||54.85||901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012|
|2||(-)||AB de Villiers||SA||845||48.88||883 v Ind at Cardiff 2013|
|3||(-)||K Sangakkara||SL||829!||39.99||829 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013|
|4||(-)||Virat Kohli||Ind||819||49.72||866 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2012|
|5||(-)||Jonathan Trott||Eng||785||52.66||796 v SA at The Oval 2013|
|6||(-)||T Dilshan||SL||746||37.46||765 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011|
|7||(-)||MS Dhoni||Ind||741||51.45||836 v Aus at Delhi 2009|
|8||(-)||Misbah-ul-Haq||Pak||722||45.13||727 v Zim at Harare 2013|
|9||(-)||Alastair Cook||Eng||675||38.85||752 v Aus at Lord's 2012|
|10||(-)||Ross Taylor||NZ||669||38.31||693 v Aus at Adelaide 2009|
|11||(-)||Shane Watson||Aus||667||41.29||773 v SL at Hambantota 2011|
|12||(-)||Michael Clarke||Aus||665||44.72||750 v SL at Melbourne 2008|
|13||(+1)||Martin Guptill||NZ||661||39.92||684 v Zim at Napier 2012|
|14||(+4)||George Bailey||Aus||657*||44.40||661 v NZ at Edgbaston 2013|
|15||(-)||B McCullum||NZ||655||30.75||685 v Eng at Auckland 2013|
|16||(-)||Umar Akmal||Pak||654||38.85||702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012|
|(-)||Suresh Raina||Ind||654||36.48||669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013|
|18||(-5)||Paul Stirling||Ire||650||38.35||693 v Pak at Dublin 2013|
|19||(-)||Shakib Al Hasan||Ban||637||35.12||683 v Pak at Mirpur 2012|
|20||(+4)||Eoin Morgan||Ire/Eng||634||39.25||690 v Aus at The Oval 2010|
|32||(-)||Kevin O'Brien||Ire||590||33.85||602 v Net at Amstelveen 2013|
|39||(-1)||Kevin Pietersen||Eng||563||41.60||833 v Aus at Antigua 2007|
|40||(-1)||Joe Root||Eng||561*||49.16||585 v SA at The Oval 2013|
|53||(+9)||Ravi Bopara||Eng||528||33.01||543 v SA at Cardiff 2012|
|64||(+13)||W Porterfield||Ire||507||32.14||537 v Ban at Belfast 2010|
|65||(-11)||Ed Joyce||Eng/Ire||505*||35.35||525 v Net at Amstelveen 2013|
|68||(+13)||Shaun Marsh||Aus||497*||39.59||581 v SA at Sydney 2009|
|73||(-2)||Adam Voges||Aus||482*!||51.30||482 v Sco at Edinburgh 2013|
|84||(-)||Glenn Maxwell||Aus||458*||29.22||460 v SL at The Oval 2013|
|87||(-2)||Gary Wilson||Ire||444||25.05||491 v Aus at Belfast 2012|
|1||(-)||Ravindra Jadeja||733||30.60||4.62||738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013|
|(-)||Sunil Narine||733*||24.40||4.13||791 v SL at Jamaica 2013|
|3||(-)||Saeed Ajmal||723||22.93||4.17||810 v SA at Centurion 2013|
|4||(-)||Steven Finn||714||27.74||4.66||755 v NZ at Auckland 2013|
|5||(-)||James Anderson||710||29.11||4.97||719 v SA at The Oval 2013|
|6||(-)||Rangana Herath||699||32.80||4.23||703 v SA at Pallekele 2013|
|7||(-)||Clint McKay||688||22.02||4.56||689 v NZ at Edgbaston 2013|
|8||(-)||L Tsotsobe||673||24.18||4.84||743 v NZ at Auckland 2012|
|9||(-)||M Hafeez||666||34.50||4.00||769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013|
|10||(-)||Abdur Razzak||663||27.81||4.47||679 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013|
|11||(-)||Kyle Mills||656||26.29||4.69||722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009|
|12||(-)||Morne Morkel||644||24.11||4.88||717 v SL at East London 2012|
|13||(-)||Kemar Roach||642||26.77||4.92||650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013|
|14||(+1)||Mitchell Johnson||636||25.01||4.81||724 v Ban at Darwin 2008|
|(-)||Dale Steyn||636||29.07||4.92||666 v Ind at Nagpur 2011|
|16||(-1)||Daniel Vettori||632||31.50||4.11||788 v Eng at Durham 2008|
|17||(-)||N Kulasekara||622||32.86||4.63||727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009|
|18||(-)||R Ashwin||621||30.83||4.80||691 v SL at Hambantota 2012|
|19||(-)||Angelo Mathews||616||34.38||4.52||649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013|
|20||(+1)||Shakib Al Hasan||608||29.37||4.31||717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009|
|(+1)||B Kumar||608*||21.96||3.97||623 v SL at Trinidad 2013|
|24||(-)||Trent Johnson||Ire||603||31.13||4.28||626 v Ind at Bengaluru 2011|
|31||(+2)||James Tredwell||Eng||565*!||23.28||4.68||565 v Ire at Malahide 2013|
|34||(-1)||Shane Watson||Aus||555||28.98||4.78||620 v WI at St Lucia 2012|
|39||(-)||George Dockrell||Ire||535*||29.20||4.30||540 v Net at Amstelveen 2013|
|46||(+4)||Boyd Rankin||Ire/Eng||513*!||30.57||4.91||513 v Ire at Malahide 2013|
|62||(+2)||Majid Haq||Scot||459*!||31.93||4.47||459 v Aus at Edinburgh 2013|
|66||(-5)||Kevin O'Brien||Ire||448||28.62||4.97||477 v Zim at Harare 2010|
|75||(+2)||Ravi Bopara||Eng||429*!||34.77||4.74||429 v Ire at Malahide 2013|
|93||(-5)||Paul Stirling||Ire||393*||35.00||4.56||398 v Net at Amstelveen 2013|
|1||(-)||M Hafeez||Pak||396||438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013|
|2||(-)||Shakib Al Hasan||Ban||387||453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009|
|3||(-)||Ravindra Jadeja||Ind||377||378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013|
|4||(+1)||T Dilshan||Ind||371!||371 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2013|
|5||(-1)||Shane Watson||Aus||370||433 v WI at St Lucia 2012|
! Indicates career-highest rating
* Indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs
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