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India must win one match against Australia to retain second position

Kohli is highest-ranked batsman from either side, while Ashwin starts as highest-ranked bowler in absence of top-ranked Starc

India must win one match against Australia to retain second position - Cricket News
India boasts three batsmen inside the top 10, while Australia only has Glenn Maxwell in 10th position.

World champion Australia goes head to head with former World Cup winner India in a five-match ODI series in Perth on Tuesday with the number-one position in the ICC ODI Team Championship firmly secured.

Australia (127) leads second-ranked India (114) by 13 points and even if it loses all the five matches of the series, Australia will drop points but will still finish one point ahead of India. In contrast, if India loses all the five matches, then it will slip behind South Africa and will join fourth-ranked New Zealand on 111 points, but will be ranked third when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

To retain its second place, the 1983 and 2011 world champion needs to win at least one match of the series.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the ICC ODI Championship, please click here. The ODI rankings table is updated after each match.

Meanwhile, in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, India boasts three batsmen inside the top 10, while Australia only has Glenn Maxwell in 10th position.

Virat Kohli is the highest-ranked batsman from either side in second position. He trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa by 96 points but is ahead of another South African, Hashim Amla, by 28 points. This means the India Test captain will be aiming to produce solid performances to not only consolidate his second position but to also narrow the gap with the top-ranked de Villiers.

Sixth-ranked MS Dhoni and seventh-ranked Shikhar Dhawan are separated by just 11 points, which means there can potentially be some changes in the middle of the pack depending on how these two batsmen perform.

Batsmen sitting outside the top 10 and aiming for upward movement include Rohit Sharma (13th), Aaron Finch (14th), George Bailey (15th), Steven Smith (20th), David Warner (23rd), Ajinkya Rahane (28th) and James Faulkner (30th).

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will start as the highest-ranked bowler from either side in the absence of number-one ranked Mitchell Starc.

Ashwin, who is the number-one ranked Test bowler, is in 10th position and will be aiming to return to the top five. However, to make it happen, he will have to produce exceptional performances as he trails South Africa’s fifth-ranked Dale Steyn by 42 points.

India fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the next highest-ranked bowler to feature in the series. He is in 14thposition and 43 points behind Ashwin.

Other bowlers aiming for upward movements include Faulkner (22nd), Ravindra Jadeja (25th), Axar Patel (30th) and Umesh Yadav (37th).

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI All-Rounders, fourth-ranked Maxwell and fifth-ranked Faulkner will be aiming to gain one place each as they have Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan firmly within their sights. The list is headed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

 

Series schedule:

12 Jan – 1st ODI, Perth

15 Jan – 2nd ODI, Brisbane

17 Jan – 3rd ODI, Melbourne

20 Jan – 4th ODI, Canberra

23 Jan – 5th ODI, Sydney

 

ICC ODI TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 10 January, before the start of Australia-India series)
 

RANK TEAM             POINTS

1          Australia           127

2          India                 114

3          South Africa     112

4          New Zealand    111

5          Sri Lanka          104

6          England            101

7          Bangladesh       97

8          Pakistan            87

9          West Indies      86

10        Afghanistan      47

11        Ireland              46

12        Zimbabwe        45

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

ICC ODI PLAYER RANKINGS (AS ON 10 January, before the start of Australia-India series)
 

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating

   1          AB de Villiers    SA         900        54.21    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

   2         Virat Kohli          Ind         804        50.60    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014

   3         Hashim Amla      SA         776        52.70    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

   4         Kane Williamson NZ         770        47.86    798 v SA at Centurion 2015

   5         T. Dilshan            SL          760        39.44    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   6         MS Dhoni            Ind         741        52.26    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

   7         Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         730        42.93    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

   8         Martin Guptill     NZ         722!      42.71    722 v SL at Bay Oval 2016

   9         Ross Taylor         NZ         720        43.90    743 v Zim at Harare 2015

  10        Glenn Maxwell    Aus        717        34.88    724 v Pak at Adelaide 2015

 

Selected rankings (top 50)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating

  13         Rohit Sharma     Ind         702        39.71    715 v SA at Rajkot 2015

  14        Aaron Finch         Aus        696        38.06    743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

  15        George Bailey     Aus        693        42.18    867 v SA at Harare 2014

  20        Steve Smith         Aus        657        39.22    688 v Eng at Lord's 2015

  23        David Warner      Aus        638        35.91    649 v Eng at Southampton 2015

  28        Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         609!      32.53    609 v SA at Mumbai 2015

  30        James Faulkner   Aus        599*     42.84    628 v Eng at Perth 2015

 

BOWLERS (top 10)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating

   1         Mitchell Starc     Aus        713        19.65    4.85      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   2         Trent Boult          NZ         706*     23.48    4.66      738 v Eng at The Oval 2015

   3         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        699        27.89    4.30      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   4         Imran Tahir         SA         688        22.94    4.49      735 v SL at Sydney 2015

   5         Dale Steyn           SA         682        25.93    4.86      746 v Ind at Durban 2013

   6         Mitchell Johnson Aus        672        25.26    4.83      724 v Ban at Darwin 2008

   7         Morne Morkel     SA         666        23.98    4.90      717 v SL at East London 2012

   8         Matt Henry          NZ         650*!    21.60    5.38      650 v SL at Bay Oval 2016

   9         Saeed Ajmal        Pak        642        22.73    4.18      810 v SA at Centurion 2013

  10        R. Ashwin            Ind         640        31.27    4.81      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012

 

BOWLERS (top 50)

Rank     Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating

  14        B. Kumar             Ind         597        36.45    4.82      657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014

  22        James Faulkner   Aus        568        30.25    5.52      585 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

  25        Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         555        33.49    4.85      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013

  30        Axar Patel            Ind         550*     28.82    4.73      559 v SA at Chennai 2015

  37        Umesh Yadav      Ind         532        32.23    5.84      600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015

 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 5)

Rank     Player                                Team     Points    Highest Ranking

   1         Shakib Al Hasan                Ban        416       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   2         Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        356       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   3         Tillakaratne Dilshan          SL          349       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015

   4         Glenn Maxwell                  Aus        348       351 v Eng at Headingley 2015

   5         James Faulkner                  Aus        340*/    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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