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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 contenders aim to improve rankings

Preparations for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will go up a notch this week when Pakistan hosts Australia and India welcomes West Indies for a five-match ODI series

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Preparations for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will go up a notch this week when Pakistan hosts Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, and world champion and number-one ranked India welcomes West Indies for a five-match ODI series.
 
The first of the two simultaneous series gets underway at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, 7 October, and a 3-0 series victory for Australia will see it ascend to 114 points.
 
This result will give the four-time world champion the number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings provided the West Indies wins, at least, two matches in its five-ODI series against India, which starts on Wednesday, 8 October in Kochi. This scenario will see India stay on 113 ratings points, alongside South Africa, but it will be ranked behind the Proteas when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point to slip from the number-one spot.  
 
However, if India wins all five matches of the series, it will rise to 116 ratings point and grab sole position on top of the table. A 4-1 win for India and 3-0 win for Australia will put both the sides on 114 ratings points, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side will retain the number-one position by a fraction of a point.
 
Australia, which trails third-ranked Sri Lanka by a fraction of a point, will move ahead of Angelo Mathews’ side if it wins the series against Pakistan.
 
If India beats the West Indies 3-2 and Australia defeats Pakistan 2-1, then South Africa will move to the top of the table.
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.
 
There is an added incentive for three of the four competing sides in these series.
 
India and West Indies are in Pool B of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and this series will provide them an excellent opportunity to examine each other ahead of their match at the WACA on Friday, 6 March 2015.
 
Pakistan is also in Pool B and will be keeping an eye on both India and the West Indies, as the 1992 world champion will go head to head with these sides in Adelaide on 15 February and in Christchurch on 21 February, respectively.
 
Australia is in Pool A of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and will kick off its campaign with a Valentine’s Day clash against England in Melbourne.
 
Pakistan v Australia
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq currently sits in 12th place, while the other batsmen from his side into the top 50 include Ahmed Shehzad (17th), MohaUmar Akmal (21st) and Shahid Afridi (50th).
 
George Bailey (fourth) is Australia’s highest-ranked batsman, and he trails third-ranked Virat Kohli by eight ratings points. Australia players eyeing upward movements include Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell (joint 25th), David Warner and James Faulkner (joint 43rd) and Phil Hughes (47th).
 
In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Mitchell Johnson will start off as the highest-ranked bowler from either side, in seventh position.
 
India v West Indies

Third-ranked Virat Kohli will be aiming to reclaim his number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen when he takes the field against the West Indies. Kohli surged to the top of the table earlier this year but slipped after missing the series against Bangladesh. He now trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers by 24 ratings points.
 
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (sixth) and opener Shikhar Dhawan (seventh) are the other India batsman featuring inside the top 10.


 
For the West Indies, Darren Bravo (37th) is its high-ranked batsman, while Lendl Simmons is in 40thposition. Both will be looking to gain ground on their nearest competitors when the action gets underway on 8 October.
 
In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Ravindra Jadeja is India’s top ranked bowler in fifth spot, 13 points shy of England’s James Anderson. In Sunil Narine’s absence, 18th placed Kemar Roach is the West Indies top ranked bowler and he will be keen to progress up the leaderboard.
 
Jadeja also has a chance to climb the ICC Player Rankings for All-rounders as he currently sits in third place, five points off Sri Lanka’s Mathews.
 
Series schedule:
 
Pakistan v Australia
7 Oct – First ODI, Sharjah
10 Oct – Second ODI, Dubai
12 Oct – Third ODI, Abu Dhabi
 
India v West Indies
8 Oct – First ODI, Kochi
11 Oct – Second ODI, Visakhapatnam
14 Oct – Third ODI, Cuttack
17 Oct – Fourth ODI, Kolkata
20 Oct – Fifth ODI, Dharmasala
 
Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 5 October, before the start of Pakistan-Australia and India-West Indies series)
 
Rank   Team              Rating     
1          India                113                                                                        
2          South Africa    113
3          Sri Lanka         111
4          Australia          111
5          England           107
6          Pakistan           100
7          New Zealand    98
8          West Indies      96
9          Bangladesh      69
10        Zimbabwe        58
11        Afghanistan     42
12        Ireland              33
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Player Rankings (as on 5 October, before the start of Pakistan-Australia and India-West Indies series)
 
Batting
 
Rank     Player                                Team     Pts         Ave         HS Rating
   1         AB de Villiers                    SA         869        50.22    885 v SL at Hambantota 2014
   2         Hashim Amla                     SA         848        54.36    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   3         Virat Kohli                         Ind         845        51.24    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   4         George Bailey                    Aus        837        49.22    867 v SA at Harare 2014
   5         K.Sangakkara                     SL          800        40.13    853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014
   6         MS Dhoni                          Ind         771        53.11    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
   7         Shikhar Dhawan                Ind         740        42.53    746 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
   8         Tillakaratne Dilshan          SL          739        37.99    767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013
   9         Quinton de Kock                SA         720*     44.07    747 v Zim at Harare 2014
  10        Ross Taylor                        NZ         713!      40.07    713 v Ind at Wellington 2014
 
Selected
 
Rank     Player                                Team     Pts         Ave         HS Rating
  12        Misbah-ul-Haq                  Pak        696        43.75    744 v SL at Fatullah 2014
  17        Ahmed Shehzad                 Pak        649        34.65    670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  19        Suresh Raina                      Ind         639        35.72    669 v Eng at Dharamsala 2013
  21        Umar Akmal                      Pak        625        37.26    702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012
  25        Aaron Finch                       Aus        582*!    37.85    582 v SA at Harare 2014
              Glenn Maxwell                  Aus        582*     32.00    634 v Zim at Harare 2014
  37        Darren Bravo                     WI         578        32.45    588 v Ind at Kanpur 2013
  40        Lendl Simmons                 WI         573        31.31    629 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2011
  43=      David Warner                    Aus        549        31.39    589 v Eng at Lord's 2012
              Ravindra Jadeja                 Ind         549!      35.08    549 v Eng at Headingley 2014
              James Faulkner                  Aus        549*!    43.15    549 v SA at Harare 2014
  47        Phil Hughes                       Aus        542*     37.31    568 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013
  48        Kieron Pollard                   WI         539        25.56    602 v Zim at Grenada 2013
  50        Shahid Afridi                     Pak        536        23.40    663 v Ind at Lahore 1997
 
Bowlers
 
Rank     Player                                 Team    Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  1          Saeed Ajmal                      Pak        782        22.18    810 v SA at Centurion 2013
  2          Sunil Narine                       WI         764       26.49    791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
  3          Dale Steyn                         SA         712        25.63    746 v Ind at Durban 2013
  4          James Anderson                 Eng        690        29.10    719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  5          Ravindra Jadeja                 Ind         677        32.14    738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  6          Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        657        35.01    769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
  7          Mitchell Johnson               Aus        656        26.11    724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
  8          Clint McKay                      Aus        650        24.37    709 v Eng at Cardiff 2013
  9          Ryan McLaren                   SA         646        25.35    681 v Zim at Bulawayo 2014
  10        Steven Finn                        Eng        640        28.41    755 v NZ at Auckland 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank     Player                                 Team    Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  14        Bhuvneshwar Kumar         Ind         631        36.07    633 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
  16        Ravichandran Ashwin       Ind         628        32.41    691 v SL at Hambantota 2012
  18        Kemar Roach                     WI         617        26.85    650 v Pak at St Lucia 2013
  20        Ravi Rampaul                    WI         612        29.16    628 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2011
  21        Mohammad Shami            Ind         609        27.58    610 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
  27        Junaid Khan                       Pak        581        25.90    655 v SL at Abu Dhabi 2013
  32        Mohammad Irfan               Pak        556*     28.76    584 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013
  33        Xavier Doherty                  Aus        554        38.96    592 v Eng at Lord's 2012
  37        Amit Mishra                      Ind         544*     23.00    570 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  41        Shahid Afridi                     Pak        529        34.20    673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
  45        Dwayne Bravo                   WI         513        29.30    601 v SA at Antigua 2010
  46        Mitchell Starc                    Aus        508*     21.79    543 v WI at Canberra 2013
  47        Darren Sammy                   WI         505        44.92    599 v Can at Jamaica 2010
  48        James Faulkner                  Aus        504*     32.65    530 v Zim at Harare 2014
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                                Team     Pts          HS Rating
   1         Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        424       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   2         Angelo Mathews                SL          387!      387 v Pak at Dambulla 2014
   3         Ravindra Jadeja                 Ind         372       378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013
   4         Shakib Al Hasan                Ban        361       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   5         Shane Watson                    Aus        320       433 v WI at St Lucia 2012
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.
 

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