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Shuffling of pack on cards in ICC ODI Team & Player Rankings

With so many points available this month we could see plenty of movement in the ICC ODI Team and Player Rankings.
  • Hasan Ali to start as the No.1 ranked bowler; opportunity for Warner to return to the top of batting table; Shakib eyes best all-rounder’s slot

  • ODI predictor function available here; player rankings to be updated on 29 January, following the conclusion of Australia versus England ODI series

Important points in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings will be up for grabs, with the seven sides chasing number-one ranked South Africa and second-ranked India featuring in 23 ODIs this month.

A packed month of 50-over cricket will commence in Wellington on Saturday, 6 January, when fifth-ranked New Zealand and sixth-ranked ICC Champions Trophy winner Pakistan will square-off in the first of five ODIs. The series will culminate in Wellington on Friday, 19 January and both the sides will aim to rise up the order.

New Zealand (112 points) leads Pakistan (99 points) by 13 points and can open the gap to as wide as 19 points if they win all five matches. However, if the series result is reversed, then Pakistan will narrow the gap with New Zealand to just two points.

In the backyard of the ICC headquarters in Dubai at the ICC Academy, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will play a tri-series from 11 January. Curtains will fall on the series on 23 January.

World champion and third-ranked Australia will host fourth-ranked England also in a five-match series, which will start in Melbourne on Sunday, 14 January and conclude in Perth on 28 January. Both the sides are on equal points at 114, but Australia is ranked above England when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

This means the side that wins the series will break clear of their opponent. If Australia wins all five matches of the series, then they will rise to 119 points and England will drop to 110 points. In contrast, if England sweeps the series, then they will move to 118 points and Australia will slip to 110 points.

Mirpur will be the stage of the tri-series involving hosts Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe with the series starting on Monday, 15 January, at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Seventh-ranked Bangladesh (92 points) will enter the series ahead of eighth-ranked Sri Lanka (84 points) and 10th-ranked Zimbabwe (52 points).

In this series, Bangladesh will have a chance to finish as high as 95 points, Sri Lanka 87 points and Zimbabwe 61 points, while Bangladesh can finish as low as 84 points, Sri Lanka 81 points and Zimbabwe 51 points (which would leave them behind Afghanistan by a fraction of a point).

The series will be incredibly important to Zimbabwe, which will be bidding to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on home turf in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March. The finalists from the Zimbabwe event will join the eight top-ranked sides in the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament and, in addition to the host, some of the strong contenders to assemble in Bulawayo and Harare include ICC Intercontinental Cup champion Afghanistan, Ireland, ICC World Cricket League Championship holder Netherlands, Scotland and Windies.

In the Dhaka series, Zimbabwe will not only try to provide maximum exposure to its players but will also pit themselves against more experienced and skilled opponents, which, in turn, will help them prepare for the challenging ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

The MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, unlike the Test team rankings, are updated after each match. To find out how the teams can progress this month, please use the ICC ODI predictor function which is available here. 

David Warner has the chance to go top of the batting rankings
David Warner has the chance to go top of the batting rankings

Meanwhile, in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, Australia’s third-ranked David Warner will have an opportunity to move to the top of the table as number-one ranked Virat Kohli and second-ranked AB de Villiers do not wear coloured clothing until 1 February.

Warner is 11 points behind Kohli, and trails de Villiers by seven points. A few very strong performances against England will potentially help him reclaim the coveted position, he first achieved 12 months ago before de Villiers replaced him in March. Kohli went top of the table following the group stage matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Babar Azam (fourth), Kane Williamson (10th), Ross Taylor (11th) and Martin Guptill (15th) are the high-ranking batsmen from Pakistan and New Zealand to feature inside the top-20 and looking to make an upward movement. 

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Pakistan’s Hasan Ali will begin as the number-one ranked bowler and will aim to widen the gap with second-ranked Imran Tahir of South Africa, who is likely to feature in the series against India in February. The two bowlers are separated by 16 points.

Hasan Ali has been in fine form for Pakistan
Hasan Ali has been in fine form for Pakistan

Hasan Ali, the Player of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, had started 2017 in 75th position and climbed to number-one following a successful series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates. He is the only Pakistan bowler to feature inside the top-20, with the next highest-ranked bowler being Mohammad Amir in 26th position.

Trent Boult is New Zealand’s highest-ranked bowler in fourth position and has India’s Jasprit Bumrah firmly within his sights. The Black Caps fast bowler trails the Indian by six points and a few strong performances will potentially help him break into the top-three.

New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and fast bowler Matt Henry are the other two bowlers to feature inside the top-20, in 10th and 17th positions respectively. Only 37 points separate the two teammates.

In the all-rounders’ category, Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez is ranked number-one and leads Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan by six points. The Bangladesh left-arm spinner has a chance to move to the top as his Asian rival will be featuring in the series against New Zealand only as a batsman. New Zealand’s highest-ranked all-rounder is Mitchell Santner in ninth spot.

The player rankings will now be updated on 29 January, following the conclusion of Australia versus England ODI series.

New Zealand v Pakistan 

6 Jan – 1st ODI, Wellington

9 Jan – 2nd ODI, Nelson

13 Jan – 3rd ODI, Dunedin

16 Jan – 4th ODI, Hamilton

19 Jan – 5th ODI, Wellington

Tri-series in the UAE

11 Jan – UAE v Ireland, ICC Academy, Dubai

13 Jan – UAE v Ireland ,ICC Academy, Dubai

16 Jan – Ireland v Scotland, ICC Academy Dubai

18 Jan – Ireland v Scotland, ICC Academy, Dubai

21 Jan – UAE v Scotland, ICC Academy, Dubai

23 Jan – UAE v Scotland, ICC Academy, Dubai

Australia v England

14 Jan – 1st ODI, Melbourne

19 Jan – 2nd ODI, Brisbane

21 Jan – 3rd ODI, Sydney

26 Jan – 4th ODI, Adelaide

28 Jan – 5th ODI, Perth

Tri-series in Bangladesh

15 Jan – Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, Mirpur (d/n)

17 Jan – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Mirpur (d/n)

19 Jan – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Mirpur (d/n)

21 Jan – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Mirpur (d/n)

23 Jan – Bangladesh c Zimbabwe, Mirpur (d/n)

25 Jan – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Mirpur (d/n)

27 Jan – Final, Mirpur (d/n)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 4 January 2018):

Rank    Team               Points

  1. South Africa 121
  2. India 119
  3. Australia 114
  4. England 114
  5. New Zealand 112
  6. Pakistan 99
  7. Bangladesh 92
  8. Sri Lanka 84
  9. Windies 76
  10. Zimbabwe 52
  11. Afghanistan 51
  12. Ireland 44

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 4 January 2018):

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank    Player               Team    Points  Avge     Highest Rating

   1       Virat Kohli          Ind        876      55.74   889 v NZ at Kanpur 2017

   2       AB de Villiers      SA        872      54.06   902 v NZ at Auckland 2015

   3       David Warner     Aus       865      44.94   880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017

   4       Babar Azam       Pak       846*!    58.60   846 v SL at Sharjah 2017

   5       Rohit Sharma     Ind        816      45.23   825 v SL at Mohali 2017

   6       Quinton de Kock SA        808!     45.85   808 v Ban at East London 2017

   7       Joe Root           Eng       802      50.00   808 v Win at Bristol 2017

   8       Faf du Plessis    SA        773      43.90   791 v SL at Cape Town 2017

   9       Hashim Amla     SA        766      51.25   901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012

10       Kane Williamson NZ        750      46.23   798 v SA at Centurion 2015

11       Ross Taylor       NZ        735      44.99   743 v Zim at Harare 2015

12       MS Dhoni           Ind        729      51.55   836 v Aus at Delhi 2009

13       Steve Smith       Aus       728      43.23   752 v Pak at Sydney 2017

14       Shikhar Dhawan  Ind        726      44.86   794 v SA at Melbourne 2015

15       Martin Guptill      NZ        717      42.71   789 v SA at Hamilton 2017

16       Tamim Iqbal       Ban       677      34.32   688 v Aus at The Oval 2017

17       Aaron Finch       Aus       674      36.56   743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015

18       Alex Hales         Eng       660      37.89   705 v NZ at Cardiff 2017

19       Mushfiqur Rahim            Ban       658      32.92   671 v Zim at Mirpur 2015

20       Eoin Morgan       Eng       650      38.16   690 v Aus at The Oval 2010

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank    Player               Team    Points  Avge     Eco.     Highest Rating

   1       Hasan Ali           Pak       759*!    19.82   5.11     759 v SL at Sharjah 2017

   2       Imran Tahir        SA        743      23.72   4.64     786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017

   3       Jasprit Bumrah   Ind        729*     22.71   4.74     731 v SL at Mohali 2017

   4       Trent Boult         NZ        723      24.65   4.99     766 v Ind at Delhi 2016

   5       Josh Hazlewood  Aus       714      23.85   4.69     732 v Eng at Edgbaston 2017

   6       Kagiso Rabada   SA        708      26.08   5.05     724 v Eng at Lord's 2017

   7       Mitchell Starc     Aus       684      20.13   4.81     783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015

   8       Rashid Khan      Afg       649*!    14.48   3.91     649 v Ire at Sharjah 2017

   9       Liam Plunkett     Eng       646!     30.22   5.77     646 v Win at Southampton 2017

10       Mitchell Santner  NZ        644!     32.11   4.92     644 v Win at Christchurch 2017

11       Akshar Patel      Ind        643*     31.31   4.43     663 v Aus at Nagpur 2017

12       Adil Rashid        Eng       639      32.02   5.55     655 v Ban at Chittagong 2016

13       Sunil Narine       Win       636      26.46   4.12     791 v SL at Jamaica 2013

14       Chris Woakes    Eng       635      31.45   5.58     651 v SA at Headingley 2017

15       B. Kumar           Ind        621      36.89   4.93     657 v Win at Dharamsala 2014

16       M. Nabi             Afg       612      32.06   4.29     653 v Zim at Harare 2017

17       Matt Henry        NZ        607      25.31   5.58     675 v Aus at Hamilton 2016

18       Morne Morkel      SA        587      24.48   4.94     717 v SL at East London 2012

19       Pat Cummins     Aus       580      29.24   5.41     588 v Ind at Indore 2017

20       Shakib Al Hasan Ban       578      29.95   4.44     717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009 

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five) 

Rank    Player               Team    Points  Highest Rating

   1       M. Hafeez          Pak       352      438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013

   2       Shakib Al Hasan Ban       346      453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

   3       Angelo Mathews  SL        321      427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

   4       Mohammad Nabi Afg       316      349 v Ire at Greater Noida 2017

   5       Ben Stokes        Eng       293      299 v Win at Bristol 2017

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