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Pakistan fights to retain position while New Zealand eyes rankings progression

Pakistan currently holds a slender two-point advantage over the Black Caps

Pakistan fights to retain position while New Zealand eyes rankings progression - Cricket News
New Zealand spinner Anton Devcich (R) delivers the ball as Pakistani batsman Sarfraz Ahmed looks on.
Pakistan will put its number six ranking on the line as New Zealand aims to climb the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings in their five-match series in United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
 
Pakistan currently holds a slender two-point advantage over the Black Caps, who have a chance to not only move clear of West Indies on 96 points but also leapfrog Pakistan into sixth position should it win the series convincingly.
 
Depending on results in the ongoing Sri Lanka and England series, where the host currently holds a 2-1 lead ahead of the fourth ODI, Pakistan has a chance to gain valuable rankings points and put pressure on England, which holds an eight-point advantage over Pakistan.
 
However, Pakistan will need to win the series by a margin of at least 3-2 to retain its sixth position. On the other hand, if New Zealand was to win the series by a margin of 3-2, it will overtake its opponent by a fraction, but will share the sixth place. If the margin of victory is 4-1 in favour of the Blackcaps, then it will displace Pakistan from sixth position.
 
With many permutations dependent on results elsewhere, all of the competing sides have an opportunity to progress ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which commences on 14 February. 
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 ranking table, is updated after each match.
 
Meanwhile, in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor (10th  place) is the highest ranked batsmen on either team and is one of two Kiwis in the top 20, alongside captain Kane Williamson (12th).

In all there are three Pakistan players in the top 20; Misbah-ul-Haq (13th), Ahmed Shehzad (18th) and Mohammad Hafeez (20th), who will all eye upwards rankings movement.
 
In the Reliance ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, New Zealand’s Kyle Mills is the highest ranked bowler on either team in 14th place, followed by compatriot Daniel Vettori in 27th place. Sharing the spotlight with Vettori is Pakistan’s tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan. Both bowlers have 576 ratings points apiece. 

Angelo Mathews, who is currently leading Sri Lanka in its seven-ODI series against England, remains in pole position in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders.

Forthcoming Fixtures:
Sri Lanka v England
7 Dec – Fourth ODI, Colombo
10 Dec – Fifth ODI, Pallekele
13 Dec – Sixth ODI, Pallekele
16 Dec – Seventh ODI, Colombo

Pakistan v New Zealand
8 Dec – First ODI, Dubai
12 Dec – Second ODI, Sharjah
14 Dec – Third ODI, Sharjah
17 Dec – Fourth ODI, Abu Dhabi
19 Dec – Fifth ODI, Abu Dhabi
 
Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Pakistan and New Zealand series and after three ODIs between Sri Lanka and England):
 
1          Australia         117     
2          India               117     
3          South Africa   112     
4          Sri Lanka        109     
5          England          106     
6          Pakistan           98       
7          New Zealand   96       
8          West Indies      96       
9          Bangladesh      75      
10        Zimbabwe        53      
11        Afghanistan      42       
12        Ireland              33
 
Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Pakistan and New Zealand series and after three ODIs between Sri Lanka and England):
 
Batsmen
 
Rank     Player                 Team     Points   Average   Highest Ranking
   1           AB de Villiers        SA           887        51.50     891 v Aus at Melbourne 2014
   2           Virat Kohli            Ind          862        52.61     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   3           Hashim Amla       SA           828        53.18     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4=        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          777        45.46     785 v SL at Hyderabad 2014
                K. Sangakkara     SL           777        40.15     853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014
   6           George Bailey       Aus         771        44.20     867 v SA at Harare 2014
   7           Quinton de Kock SA           749*!    43.58     749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
   8           MS Dhoni              Ind          738        52.85     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
   9           T. Dilshan              SL           733        38.02     767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013
  10         Ross Taylor          NZ          702        40.07     713 v Ind at Wellington 2014

Selected Rankings
 
Rank    Player                Team     Points   Average    Highest Ranking
  12         Kane Williamson NZ          678        39.51     688 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  13         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         674        43.07     744 v SL at Fatullah 2014
  18         Ahmed Shehzad  Pak         645        34.40     670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  20         M. Hafeez             Pak         636        30.98     665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  23         Umar Akmal        Pak         618        36.94     702 v Afg at Sharjah 2012
  55         Corey Anderson   NZ          525*      42.50     604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
  57         Shahid Afridi        Pak         518        23.22     663 v Ind at Lahore 1997
  63         Luke Ronchi         Aus/NZ  506*!    30.41     506 v SA at Hamilton 2014
  68         Nasir Jamshed      Pak         500        34.57     589 v SA at Bloemfontein 2013
 92         N. McCullum        NZ          437        20.31     480 v WI at Nelson 2014
  98=       Younus Khan       Pak         421        31.75     659 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008
                Asad Shafiq          Pak         421        26.40     504 v Aus at Sharjah 2012

Bowling
 
Rank     Player                Team      Points     Ave                    HS Rating
   1           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         770        22.18     4.13       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   2           Sunil Narine          WI          753        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   3           Dale Steyn            SA           699        25.65     4.83       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   4=        Shakib Al Hasan Ban        680        27.92     4.26       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
                James Anderson  Eng         680        29.10     4.94       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
                M. Johnson           Aus         680        25.72     4.82       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
   7           M. Hafeez             Pak         647        35.01     4.06       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   8           B. Kumar              Ind          641        36.59     4.60       657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
   9           Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          638        32.29     4.79       738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  10         Morne Morkel      SA           632        24.27     4.94       717 v SL at East London 2012

Selected Rankings
 
Rank    Player                  Team     Points     Ave                    HS Rating
  14         Kyle Mills              NZ          620        26.82     4.73       722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
  27=       Daniel Vettori       NZ          576        31.79     4.12       788 v Eng at Durham 2008
                M. Irfan                 Pak         576*      29.91     4.77       584 v SA at Abu Dhabi 2013
  31         M. McClenaghan NZ          564*      23.48     5.77       578 v Ind at Napier 2014
  32         N. McCullum        NZ          561        49.27     4.80       571 v Ind at Wellington 2011
  37         Shahid Afridi        Pak         549        34.08     4.63       673 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
  56         Umar Gul              Pak         475        28.70     5.15       638 v WI at Mirpur 2011
  85         Sohail Tanvir        Pak         405        34.87     5.18       633 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008
  89         Wahab Riaz         Pak         395        30.81     5.59       484 v WI at Barbados 2011
  
All-rounders
 
Rank    Player                     Team     Points    Highest Ranking
   1           Angelo Mathews  SL           423!       423 v Eng at Hambantota 2014
   2           M. Hafeez             Pak         411        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        403        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   4           T. Dilshan              SL           338        373 v NZ at Hambantota 2013
   5           R. Jadeja               Ind          336        378 v Eng at Edgbaston 2013

*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.
 
!indicates career-highest rating
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.
 

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