Either side’s rise depends on India’s performance in the ODI series against New Zealand
Australia and England begin a five-match series from 12 January in Melbourne, with both sides having an opportunity to reclaim the number-one position on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings.
Australia is currently ranked second with 114 ratings points, six ratings behind number-one ranked India, while England is ranked third on 111 ratings points.
Australia was last ranked number-one in July 2012, only to be overtaken by England who held the top position till December 2012.
Australia and England’s rise to the top position however, is dependent on how India fares in its five-match series against host New Zealand, which begins on 19 January in Napier.
For Australia to become number-one:
Australia v England (Australia 3-2); New Zealand v India (New Zealand 5-0)
1 Australia 115
2 India 114
3 England 110
7 New Zealand 98
Australia v England (Australia 5-0); New Zealand v India (New Zealand 3-2)
1 Australia 119
2 India 117
5 England 106
7 New Zealand 91
Australia v England (Australia 4-1); New Zealand v India (New Zealand 4-1)
1 Australia 117
2 India 115
4 England 109
7 New Zealand 93
For England to become number-one:
Australia v England (England 4-1); New Zealand v India (New Zealand 5-0)
1 England 114
2 India 114
4 Australia 111
7 New Zealand 95
Australia v England (England 5-0); New Zealand v India (New Zealand 4-1)
1 England 117
2 India 115
4 Australia 109
7 New Zealand 93
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.
Meanwhile, Australia batsman George Bailey in fourth position will start the series as the highest ranked batsman on either side on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen.
Shane Watson in 11th and Michael Clarke in 12th place are the others from Australia in the top 20 of the batting table.
For England, the only batsmen in the top 20 are captain Alastair Cook in 14th and Eoin Morgan in 17th positions.
Outside the top 20, the other batsmen likely to be in action are Ian Bell (26th), Glenn Maxwell (41st), Ravi Bopara (52nd), James Faulkner (65th) and Joe Root (71st).
Pace bowler Steven Finn in third position will start the series as the highest ranked England bowler in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. Finn is also the only England bowler in the top 20 who is likely to feature in the series.
The other bowler in the top 10 to watch out for is Australia’s Mitchell Johnson in tenth place. The only other bowler on either side inside the top 20 is Clint McKay in 12th.
Outside the top 20, the bowlers likely to play are Boyd Rankin (23rd), Stuart Broad (34th), Xavier Doherty (35th), James Tredwell (36th), Tim Bresnan (37th), Shane Watson (41st) and James Faulkner (60th).
Dwayne Bravo makes all-round impact
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has made an all-round impact on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODIs, after helping his side level the five-match series against New Zealand 2-2.
Bravo jumped 15 places to 68th on the batting table after ending as the top run-getter in the series with 217 runs. Bravo’s seven wickets in four games helped him move up 13 places to 52nd on the bowlers’ table.
New Zealand’s Corey Anderson has jumped 77 places to 85th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. The highlight of Anderson’s performance during the series was when he slammed the fastest-ever ODI hundred, off just 36 balls, breaking Shahid Afridi’s 17-year record by one ball.
Anderson’s partner during the record-breaking innings, Jesse Ryder, who himself stroked the sixth fastest ODI hundred has moved up 27 places to 55th in the batting table.
Sunil Narine continues to be the highest ranked West Indies bowler, even after he moved down a place to fourth, while Nathan McCullum in 28th position (up by five) is the only New Zealand bowler making an upward move.
Meanwhile, the 2-2 series result meant that seventh-ranked West Indies and eighth-ranked New Zealand retained their pre-series positions, with Brendon McCullum’s side making a gain of one ratings point to end at 86.