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Little to separate South Africa and New Zealand as both eye ODI rankings boost

Leading lights in batting and bowling rankings set to face-off in three-match series

Little to separate South Africa and New Zealand as both eye ODI rankings boost - Cricket News
Just a single point separates the two sides heading into the series.
South Africa can move into third place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings if it defeats New Zealand in a three-match series, which starts at Centurion, on Wednesday.

Just a single point separates the two sides heading into the series and this will be their first meeting in 50-over cricket since the thrilling ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 semi final in Auckland which the Black Caps won by four wickets. The Proteas can move to within three points of second-placed India with a 3-0 win, while a 2-1 scoreline for AB de Villiers’ side would see it switch both points tally and places with the Black Caps. 

A whitewash in favour of Kane Williamson’s men, on the other side of the coin, can strengthen its third position in the rankings and reduce India’s lead to two points, while a 2-1 win would see it gain a point.
 
South Africa (109 pts) v New Zealand (110 pts)
 
·       If SA wins 3-0, then SA 112 pts, NZ 107 pts
·       If SA wins 2-1, then SA 110 pts, NZ 109 pts
·       If NZ wins 3-0, then SA 107 pts, NZ 113 pts
·       If NZ wins 2-1, then SA 109 pts, NZ 111 pts
·       If the series is drawn 1-1, then SA 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.
 
Proteas captain AB de Villiers is the highest ranked batsman in ODI cricket heading into the series in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen. The 31-year-old Pretorian holds a 50-points advantage over Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and is now just 59 runs short of the 8,000 mark in 187 matches to date. Hashim Amla is ranked in third place, eight points and a place ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. Other batsmen aiming for upwards movement on either side are Faf du Plessis (17th), Martin Guptill (19th), David Miller (26th), Grant Elliott (44th) and wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi (50th). 

South Africa has three bowlers in the top 10 of the Bowling rankings with just two points separating Dale Steyn (fourth) and Imran Tahir (fifth). Tenth-placed Morne Morkel is on 646 points, four points adrift of England’s James Anderson ahead of the series, with Vernon Philander next on the list in 29th. Meanwhile, in the absence of Trent Boult (second place) and Tim Southee (24th) in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan (29th) is his side’s highest ranked bowler followed by Nathan McCullum (44th) and Matt Henry (46th). 

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:
 
South Africa v New Zealand
19 Aug – First ODI, Centurion (d/n)
23 Aug – Second ODI, Potchefstroom
26 Aug – Third ODI, Kingsmead (d/n)
 
ICC ODI Championship table (as on 17 August, ahead of South Africa-New Zealand series):
 
Rank   Team             Points
1          Australia          129
2          India                115
3          New Zealand   110
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       45
12        Afghanistan     41
 
(Developed by David Kendix)
 
ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 17 August, ahead of South Africa-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          K. Williamson     NZ          798!      48.79    798 v Zim at Harare 2015
   5          Virat Kohli          Ind         790       50.66    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   6          T. Dilshan            SL          781       39.71    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   7          Shikhar Dhawan Ind         765       44.41    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   8          Ross Taylor         NZ          739       43.91    743 v Zim at Harare 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
  17         F. du Plessis        SA          666       37.16    703 v NZ at Bay Oval 2014
  19         Martin Guptill     NZ          654       40.61    684 v Zim at Napier 2012
  26         David Miller       SA          629       37.55    635 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
  44         Grant Elliott        NZ          557!      36.05    557 v Zim at Harare 2015
  50         Luke Ronchi       Aus/NZ   546       27.57    617 v SL at Christchurch 2015

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          716*     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          Shakib 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
  29         V. Philander        SA          544*     23.43    4.63      574 v Zim at Hamilton 2015
  39         M. McClenaghan NZ          510       28.78    6.04      603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  44         N. McCullum      NZ          494       46.46    5.00      571 v Ind at Wellington 2014   
  46         Matt Henry          NZ          493*     27.28    5.66      506 v Zim at Harare 2015

All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                 Team       Pts         S Rating
   1          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        418       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2          T. Dilshan            SL          379       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   3          Angelo 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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