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New Zealand and Sri Lanka aim to make early ICC Cricket World Cup impression

Download the Reliance ICC Rankings App via www.icc-cricket.com/mobile to predict the outcome of the series

New Zealand and Sri Lanka aim to make early ICC Cricket World Cup impression - Cricket News
Sri Lankan cricketer Tillekeratne Dilshan is in seventh position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen.
Download the Reliance ICC Rankings App via www.icc-cricket.com/mobile to predict the outcome of the series.

New Zealand and Sri Lanka will be aiming to progress up the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings, when they go head to head in a seven-match ODI series, which starts in Christchurch on Sunday.
 
Sunday’s opening clash of the series will be a dress rehearsal for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 opener, which will start 33 days later at the same venue and between the same sides. While New Zealand will play all its pool stage matches on home turf, the forthcoming series will provide excellent opportunity to Sri Lanka to acclimatize as apart from the World Cup opener against New Zealand, it will also play Afghanistan and England at Dunedin and Wellington, respectively in the pool stage.
 
There are several permutations that could emerge over the coming weeks as Australia, England and India are also set to face off in a tri-series in Australia. 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, Sri Lanka batsmen Kumar Sangakarra is the highest-ranked batsman heading into the series and he lies in fourth place on 811 points, 17 points adrift of South Africa’s Hashim Amla. Sangakarra is joined by his team-mate Tillikaratne Dilshan who is in seventh place and holds a four-point lead over New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, who is in ninth position.
 
His compatriot Ross Taylor is one place outside of the top 10 in 11th spot and will be aiming to reduce India skipper MS Dhoni’s 16-point advantage. Taylor holds a 34-point lead over Angelo Mathews, who is a further place behind.
 
Amongst the other batsmen who are likely to feature in the series are Mahela Jayawardena (23rd), Martin Guptill (27th), Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum (33rd) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45th).
 
On the Reliance ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, seventh-ranked Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake will be looking to reduce James Anderson’s 22-point gap. Fourteenth-placed Rangana Herath is the other Sri Lanka bowler inside the top 20, while Kyle Mills is the hosts’ highest-ranked bowler in 22nd place. Veteran left-armer Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee are tied on 593 points in 26th position in the rankings.
 
Meanwhile, there are two Sri Lanka players in the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders, including Angelo Mathews who holds top spot on 409 points, six points clear of Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Dilshan lies in a career high fourth place, nine points behind Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez.
 
Forthcoming fixtures:

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

11 Jan – First ODI, Christchurch
15 Jan – Second ODI, Hamilton (d/n)
17 Jan – Third ODI, Auckland (d/n)
20 Jan – Fourth ODI, Nelson
23 Jan – Fifth ODI, Dunedin
25 Jan – Sixth ODI, Dunedin
29 Jan – Seventh ODI, Wellington (d/n)
 
Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 9 January, ahead of New Zealand-Sri Lanka series)
 
1          Australia          117    
2          India                117
3          South Africa   112     
4          Sri Lanka        110    
5          England          104     
6          New Zealand   97      
7          Pakistan           97       
8          West Indies     96       
9          Bangladesh     75       
10        Zimbabwe       53       
11        Afghanistan    42       
12        Ireland            33       
Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 9 January, ahead of New Zealand-Sri Lanka series):
 
Batsmen
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points    Ave        HS Rating
  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           K. Sangakkara     SL           811        40.64     853 v Afg at Mirpur 2014
   5           Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          777        45.46     785 v SL at Hyderabad 2014
   6           George Bailey       Aus         771        44.20     867 v SA at Harare 2014
   7           T. Dilshan              SL           750        38.31     767 v Pak at Sharjah 2013
   8           Quinton de Kock SA           749*!    43.58     749 v Aus at Sydney 2014
   9           Kane Williamson NZ          746!       43.51     746 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
  10         MS Dhoni              Ind          738        52.85     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points     Ave        HS Rating
 11          Ross Taylor          NZ          722!       41.26     722 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
  12         Angelo Mathews  SL           688        40.62     707 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  23         M. Jayawardene  SL           606        33.27     738 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2001
  27         Martin Guptill       NZ          598        37.85     684 v Zim at Napier 2012
  33         B. McCullum        NZ          590        30.05     685 v Eng at Auckland 2013
  45         L. Thirimanne      SL           554        31.90     573 v Pak at Mirpur 2014
  56         Luke Ronchi         Aus/NZ  517*      30.14     519 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
  68         D. Chandimal       SL           499        30.17     667 v Aus at Adelaide 2012
  70         Corey Anderson   NZ          491*      36.69     604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
  91         Thisara Perera      SL           437!       18.67     437 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  94         N. McCullum        NZ          432        20.47     480 v WI at Nelson 2014
  95         Grant Elliott          NZ          430        29.79     525 v Pak at Johannesburg 2009

Bowlers
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points        Ave        Econ      HS Rating
   1           Sunil Narine          WI          753        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   2           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         751        22.18     4.13       810 v SA at Centurion 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
                M. Johnson           Aus         680        25.72     4.82       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
   6           James Anderson  Eng         666        29.10     4.94       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
   7           S. Senanayake     SL           644*      32.46     4.57       647 v Eng at Pallekele 2014
   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         M. Hafeez             Pak         634        35.01     4.06       769 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

Selected Rankings
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points    Ave        Econ         HS Rating
 14          Rangana Herath  SL           621        31.13     4.42       703 v SA at Pallekele 2013
  22         Kyle Mills              NZ          604        26.94     4.73       722 v Aus at Melbourne 2009
  25         Angelo Mathews  SL           594        35.74     4.53       649 v Ind at Trinidad 2013
  26=       Daniel Vettori       NZ          593        31.73     4.12       788 v Eng at Durham 2008
                Tim Southee         NZ          593        31.67     5.18       633 v Eng at Lord's 2013
  30         Lasith Malinga     SL           565        27.21     5.21       675 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
  31         M. McClenaghan NZ          563*      25.23     5.87       578 v Ind at Napier 2014
  37         N. McCullum        NZ          550        48.21     4.82       571 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  38         Suranga Lakmal  SL           547*!    27.25     5.34       547 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  44         T. Dilshan              SL           517!       44.46     4.79       517 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  55         N. Kulasekara      SL           488        34.11     4.78       727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009
  62         Thisara Perera      SL           460        28.20     5.55       610 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2012
  97         Corey Anderson   NZ          376*      28.32     6.24       378 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014

All-rounders
 
Rank      Player                                   Team     Points    HS Rating
  1            Angelo Mathews                  SL           409        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   2           Shakib Al Hasan                 Ban        403        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   3           Mohammad Hafeez           Pak         397        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   4           Tillikaratne Dilshan             SL           388!       388 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   5           Shahid Afridi                        Pak         340        383 v Ban at Mirpur 2011

*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
 
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