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New Zealand aims to gain ODI rankings momentum against Zimbabwe

The Black Caps currently lie in third spot on 112 points, three behind India, while host Zimbabwe is ranked 11th, seven points behind Ireland

New Zealand aims to gain ODI rankings momentum against Zimbabwe - Cricket News
Kane Williamson is the highest ranked batsman on either side heading into the series.
Third placed New Zealand will be looking to close the gap on India to two points in the ICC ODI Team Rankings when it faces Zimbabwe in a three-match series, which starts at Harare, on Sunday, 2 August.
 
The Black Caps currently lie in third spot on 112 points, three behind India, while host Zimbabwe is ranked 11th, seven points behind Ireland. If New Zealand wins all three matches, then it will be retain its position and close the gap from three to two points, but will drop points in any other scenario.
 
On the other side of the coin, a 3-0 victory for Zimbabwe can elevate it to 51 points and, in the event of that outcome, it would overtake Ireland into 10th position. A 2-1 series victory would see it hold its ranking position, but gain five points in the process. In both scenarios, New Zealand would be overtaken by South Africa.
 
Zimbabwe (43 pts) v New Zealand (112 pts)
 
·         If Zim wins 3-0, then Zim 51 pts, NZ 106 pts
·         If Zim wins 2-1, then Zim 48 pts, NZ 108 pts
·         If NZ wins 3-0, then Zim 42 pts, NZ 113 pts
·         If NZ wins 2-1, then Zim 45 pts, NZ 111 pts
·         If the series is drawn 1-1, then Zim 45 pts, NZ 110 pts
 
The ICC ODI and T20I Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The ODI and T20I tables, unlike the Testtable, is updated after the series.
 
Meanwhile New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is the highest ranked batsman on either side in the heading into the series. The 24-year-old Tauranga man has been in top run-scoring form of late and has scored a century and four half centuries in his last five ODI innings (93, 118, 90, 50 and 57). He currently lies in fifth spot in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen on 786 points, four behind India’s Virat Kohli. There are three other Black Caps inside the top 50 in the rankings aiming for upwards movement; Martin Guptill (22nd), Grant Elliott (45th) and Luke Ronchi (47th). 
 
Just three places and 16 points separate Zimbabwe’s top three leading batsmen heading into the series; Sean Williams (in 56thposition on 533 points), skipper Elton Chigumbura (57th) and Hamilton Masakadza (58th) who will all be looking to advance.

In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya (35th) will be looking to progress in the series alongside his team-mate Williams, who lies in 81st position. In the absence of Trent Boult, meanwhile, New Zealand’s Matt Henry (41st) is his side’s highest ranked bowler followed by Nathan McCullum (52nd) and Adam Milnes (71st). 

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continues to hold a commanding lead at the top of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders on 418 points.
 
Forthcoming matches:
 
Zimbabwe v New Zealand
2 Aug – First ODI, Harare
4 Aug – Second ODI, Harare
7 Aug – Third ODI, Harare
 
ICC ODI Championship table (as on 31 July, ahead of Zimbabwe-New Zealand series):
 
Rank   Team             Points
1          Australia          129
2          India                115
3          New Zealand   112
4          South Africa    109
5          Sri Lanka         103
6          England            98
7          Bangladesh       96
8          Pakistan           90
9          West Indies      88
10        Ireland             50
11        Zimbabwe       43
12        Afghanistan     41
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 31 July, ahead of Zimbabwe-New Zealand series)
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1           AB de Villiers        SA           889        53.65     902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2           K. Sangakkara     SL           839        41.98     861 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           Hashim Amla       SA           806        54.17     901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4           Virat Kohli            Ind          790        50.66     886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   5           K. Williamson       NZ          786        47.41     789 v Aus at Auckland 2015
   6           T. Dilshan              SL           781        39.71     802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   7           S. Dhawan            Ind          765        44.41     794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   8           Ross Taylor          NZ          732        43.03     736 v Eng at Southampton 2015
   9           MS Dhoni              Ind          723        52.24     836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  10         Glenn Maxwell     Aus         720        35.05     724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015
Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
 22          Martin Guptill       NZ          645        39.72     684 v Zim at Napier 2012
  45         Grant Elliott          NZ          556!       35.91     556 v Eng at Durham 2015
  47         Luke Ronchi         Aus/NZ  555        28.13     617 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  56         Sean Williams      Zim         533        33.06     556 v Ind at Auckland 2015
  57         E. Chigumbura     Zim         530        26.11     554 v SA at Bulawayo 2007
  58         H. Masakadza     Zim         517        27.94     566 v Ban at Mirpur 2009
  70         Sikandar Raza     Zim         488*!    30.23     488 v Ind at Harare 2015
  89         J. Chibhabha        Zim         428        24.35     458 v SL at Harare 2008
  90         Vusi Sibanda        Zim         424        24.35     512 v Pak at Harare 2013
  93         Craig Ervine          Zim         418*      33.11     464 v WI at Grenada 2013  
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           Trent Boult           NZ          727*      24.08     4.64       738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
   3           Sunil Narine          WI          709        26.49     4.10       791 v SL at Jamaica 2013
   4           Dale Steyn            SA           706        25.57     4.81       746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   5           Imran Tahir          SA           704        21.54     4.40       735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   6           M. Johnson           Aus         693        25.26     4.83       724 v Ban at Darwin 2008
   7           S. Al Hasan           Ban        690        28.35     4.30       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   8           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         665        22.73     4.18       810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   9           James Anderson  Eng         650        29.22     4.92       719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10         Morne Morkel      SA           646        24.19     4.92       717 v SL at East London 2012
Selected rankings
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         Ave                   HS Rating
  35         Prosper Utseya     Zim         522        46.24     4.35       663 v Ban at Harare 2006
  41         Matt Henry           NZ          504*      23.60     5.60       506 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2015
  52         N. McCullum        NZ          480        47.93     4.99       571 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  71         Adam Milne         NZ          435*      41.89     5.11       463 v Afg at Napier 2015
  81         Sean Williams      Zim         414        59.17     5.02       420 v Pak at Lahore 2015
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                Team     Pts         S Rating
  1            S. Al Hasan           Ban        418        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2           T. Dilshan              SL           379        415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3           A. Mathews          SL           375        427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014
   4           M. Hafeez             Pak         368        438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   5           James Faulkner    Aus         361*/!   361 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
*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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