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World Cup finalist New Zealand eyes second spot in ICC ODI rankings

Brendon McCullum's side currently ranked third will be looking to topple India from second spot in the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings with a series sweep against England.

World Cup finalist New Zealand eyes second spot in ICC ODI rankings - Cricket News
Formidable New Zealand aiming for second spot in ICC ODI rankings
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 finalist New Zealand will have one eye on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings when it plays England in the five-match series, which starts at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on Tuesday, 9 June.
 
Brendon McCullum’s side is ranked third on 116 points, one behind India, while Eoin Morgan’s side is ranked sixth on 94 points. If New Zealand wins all the five matches of the series, then it will be guaranteed second spot, irrespective of how the three-match series between Bangladesh and India, to be played later this month, pans out.
 
If New Zealand wins 4-1, then it will retain its pre-series points but will drop points in any other scenario.
 
On the other side of the coin, England can reduce the gap with fifth-ranked Sri Lanka from 12 points to four points if it wins all the five matches of the series. In case of such a result, New Zealand will drop to fourth place on 108 points.
 
A 3-2 result in England’s favour will mean the home side will rise to 98 points while New Zealand will join South Africa on 112 points but will be ranked above the Proteas when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
 
The Reliance ICC ODI and T20I Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The ODI and T20I tables, unlike the Test table, are updated after each match.
 
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson of New Zealand and England’s Steven Finn will start off as the highest-ranked batsman and bowler in the series, respectively.
 
Williamson is ranked seventh and has India’s Shikhar Dhawan firmly within his sights. Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor is just outside the top 10 in 11th position and will be aiming to improve his ranking.
 
Other batsmen eyeing upward movements are Joe Root (16th), Martin Guptill (21st), McCullum (22nd), Jos Buttler (26th), Corey Anderson (34th), Grant Elliott (43rd) and Morgan (45th). Alex Hales is sitting in 154th position and Ben Stokes is 178th.
 
The list is headed by South Africa captain AB de Villiers, with Kumar Sangakkara and Hashim Amla in second and third positions, respectively.
 
Finn, ranked 15th, trails 12th-ranked Ravichandran Ashwin of India by 20 points and a good series will potentially move him up the ladder. Other bowlers also aiming to head in the right direction include Tim Southee (20th), Mitchell McClenaghan (35th), Chris Jordan (45th) and Nathan McCullum (46th). Stokes is outside the top 100 in 112th spot.
 
Mitchell Starc is the number-one ranked bowler and leads South Africa’s Imran Tahir by 49 points.
 
Series schedule:
 
9 June – 1st ODI, Birmingham
12 June – 2nd ODI, The Oval
14 June – 3rd ODI, Southampton
17 June – 4th ODI, Nottingham
20 June – 5th ODI, Chester-le-Street
 
Reliance ICC ODI Championship table (as on 8 June, before England-New Zealand ODI series)
 
Rank   Team              Points
1          Australia         129
2          India                117
3          New Zealand   116
4          South Africa   112
5          Sri Lanka        106
6          England           94
7          West Indies     88       
8          Bangladesh     88
9          Pakistan          87
10        Ireland             50
11        Zimbabwe       44
12        Afghanistan    41
 
Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 8 June, before England-New Zealand ODI series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1         AB de Villiers     SA         902!      53.65    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2         K. Sangakkara     SL          860        41.98    861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3         Hashim Amla      SA         828        55.26    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4         Virat Kohli          Ind         822        51.47    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   5         T. Dilshan            SL          793        39.65    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   6         Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         756        43.98    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   7         Kane Williamson NZ         733        44.76    789 v Aus at Auckland 2015
   8         MS Dhoni            Ind         731        52.46    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
   9         Glenn Maxwell    Aus        720        35.05    724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
  10        George Bailey     Aus        697        42.02    867 v SA at Harare 2014
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  11        Ross Taylor         NZ         691        41.40    722 v Pak at Napier 2015
  16        Joe Root               Eng        664        40.04    688 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  21        Martin Guptill     NZ         649        39.77    684 v Zim at Napier 2012
  22        B. McCullum       NZ         648        30.56    685 v Eng at Auckland 2013
  26        Jos Buttler           Eng        628        32.00    633 v Ind at Perth 2015
  34        Corey Anderson  NZ         584*     35.30    604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014
  43        Grant Elliott        NZ         556!      35.75    556 v Aus at Melbourne 2015
  45        Eoin Morgan       Ire/Eng  555        35.47    690 v Aus at The Oval 2010
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1         Mitchell Starc     Aus        783!      18.33    4.70      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   2         Imran Tahir         SA         734*     20.51    4.35      735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   3         Dale Steyn           SA         717        25.57    4.81      746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   4         Sunil Narine        WI         709        26.49    4.10      791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   5=       Mitchell Johnson Aus        693        25.26    4.83      724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
              Trent Boult          NZ         693*!    25.00    4.57      693 v Aus at Melbourne 2015
   7         Saeed Ajmal        Pak        682        22.73    4.18      810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   8         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        676        28.25    4.31      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   9         James Anderson  Eng        667        29.22    4.92      719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10        Morne Morkel     SA         666        23.98    4.90      717 v SL at East London 2012
 
Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  15        Steven Finn         Eng        601        28.10    4.96      755 v NZ at Auckland 2013
  20        Tim Southee        NZ         586        31.02    5.27      638 v Eng at Wellington 2015
  35        M. McClenaghan NZ         531        25.86    5.89      603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  45        Chris Jordan        Eng        507*     28.78    5.59      513 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2014
  46        N. McCullum      NZ         505        47.78    4.86      571 v Ind at Wellington 2014
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         S Rating
   1         T. Dilshan            SL          404       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   2         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        398       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   3         Angelo Mathews SL          378       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4         James Faulkner   Aus        361*/!   361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   5         M. Hafeez            Pak        343       438 v Ind at Kolkata 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
 
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