Opportunity for South Africa to draw level with Australia

Dubai, ICC MEDIA RELEASE, 18 October 2011: South Africa has an opportunity to draw level with Australia in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table when the two sides go head to head in a three-ODI series which starts at Centurion from Wednesday (Opportunity South Africa).

South Africa currently sits in third position on 116 ratings points while Australia is 14 ratings points ahead in top position. However, things will change if the Proteas wins all the three matches of the series.

If South Africa wins the series 3-0, it will join Australia on 124 ratings points but will be placed below by a fraction of a point. However, if the series result is reversed, then Michael Clarke’s side will rise to 133 ratings points while Hashim Amla’s side will drop to 111 ratings points after conceding five ratings points.
In the series being played in India, world champion India has moved ahead of England after taking a 2-0 lead in the five-ODI series.
England had started the series in fourth position on 113 ratings points but has now slipped to 110 ratings points whereas India has jumped from 112 to 115 ratings points.

However, England can still finish in the pre-series fourth position, provided it wins the remaining three matches in the series. In contrast, India just needs to win one more match to not only secure the series but also the number-four position. If it clinches a 5-0 series win and South Africa loses its opening two matches against Australia, India will even rise to third place in the table, just one rating point behind second-placed Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh hosts the West Indies in the third and last ODI of the series in Chittagong today (Tuesday). The West Indies leads the series 2-0 and if it manages to make it 3-0, then it will gain another point and move to 82 ratings points. On the other side of the coin, Bangladesh’s win will mean it will finish on 63 ratings points while West Indies will end on 78 ratings points.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming matches will affect the team rankings, please click here. Unlike the Test Championship table, the ODI Championship table is updated after every match.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India’s Virat Kohli has climbed five places to fourth position after scores of 37 and 112 not out in Hyderabad and New Delhi, respectively. Kohli’s team-mate Gautam Gambhir has also improved his ranking and now jointly shares the 11th position with Jacques Kallis after scores of 32 and 84 not out.

The West Indies’ Lendl Simmons and team-mate Marlon Samuels are the biggest movers in the latest rankings which were released on Monday evening after the second ODI between India and England in New Delhi.

Simmons has rocketed 22 places to 27th spot after hitting 122 and 80 in the two ODIs in Mirpur while Samuels has shot up 33 places to 74th position.
The batting table is still headed by South Africa captain Hashim Amla while an injured AB de Villiers is second and Australia’s Shane Watson is third.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, England’s Graeme Swann continues to lead the table with New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori second.
West Indies’ Ravi Rampaul in the biggest mover in this category, having gained 12 places after figures of 2-35 and 2-27 against Bangladesh in Mirpur.

This is his career-best ranking to date and he is easily West Indies’ highest-ranked bowler with captain Darren Sammy sitting in 31st position.
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have also gained valuable spots. Ashwin is now in 36th position after rising five places while Jadeja has climbed six places to 38th spot. India’s fast bowler Praveen Kumar has also returned to the top 20 in 20th position.
Bangladesh’s former captain Shakib Al Hasan is the other notable bowler to make an upward movement.

The left-arm spinner has climbed three places to 14th spot.

Series schedule: South Africa v Australia.

19 Oct –First ODI, Centurion
23 Oct – Second ODI, Port Elizabeth
28 Oct – Third ODI, Durban

Zimbabwe v New Zealand
20 Oct – First ODI, Harare
22 Oct – Second ODI, Harare
25 Oct – Third ODI, Bulawayo

India v England
20 Oct – Third ODI (d/n), Mohali
23 Oct – Fourth ODI (d/n), Mumbai
25 Oct – Fifth ODI (d/n), Kolkata

Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 18 October, before the start of third ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies, South Africa and Australia ODI series, and after second ODI between India and England)

Rank   Team                          Rating
1          Australia                      130
2          Sri Lanka                     119
3          South Africa               116
4          India                            115
5          England                       110
6          Pakistan                       101
7          New Zealand              90
8          West Indies                 81
9          Bangladesh                 61
10        Zimbabwe                   44
11        Ireland                         41
12        Netherlands                 15
13        Kenya                          0

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC ODI Rankings (as of 18 October, before the start of third ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies, South Africa and Australia ODI series, and after second ODI between India and England)
Batsmen

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating
1           ( – )          Hashim Amla       SA            867         57.25     890 v Ind at Centurion 2011
2           ( – )          AB de Villiers        SA            804         45.68     823 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2010
3           ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus          760         43.38     776 v SL at Hambantota 2011
4           (+5)         Virat Kohli            Ind           759         45.38     804 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
5           (+1)         MS Dhoni              Ind           756         50.17     837 v Aus at Delhi 2009
6           (-2)          Jonathan Trott     Eng          752*       50.18     753 v Ind at Durham 2011
7           (-2)          K. Sangakkara     SL            747         38.00     758 v Aus at Hambantota 2011
8           (-1)          Michael Clarke    Aus          730         45.81     751 v SL at Melbourne 2008
9           (-1)          Mike Hussey        Aus          729         50.53     865 v NZ at Perth 2007
10         ( – )          T. Dilshan              SL            690         35.10     766 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2011
11=       ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA            685         45.45     818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004
(+3)         G.Gambhir            Ind           685         41.47     723 v NZ at Vadodara 2010
13         (-1)          Ricky Ponting       Aus          681         42.77     831 v NZ at Hobart 2007
17         ( – )          Ross Taylor          NZ           656         36.80     698 v Aus at Adelaide 2009
20=       (+3)         Shakib Al Hasan Ban         649         35.15     660 v Zim at Mirpur 2010
22         (-1)          Graeme Smith      SA            648         39.25     785 v Ind at Kolkata 2005
23         (-1)          JP Duminy            SA            647         41.39     673 v Net at Mohali 2011
27         (+22)      Lendl Simmons    WI           617*!     35.77     617 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
30         ( – )          Suresh Raina        Ind           611         35.51     661 v SL at Bulawayo 2010
33         ( – )          B. McCullum        NZ           592         28.83     666 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009
35         (-1)          Brendan Taylor   Zim          583         32.23     598 v SA at Bloemfontein 2010
36         (-1)          Martin Guptill       NZ           582         35.72     608 v Pak at Kandy 2011
39         (+3)         Alastair Cook       Eng          577*       38.47     587 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011
40         (-2)          Scott Styris            NZ           574         32.48     665 v Eng at Lord’s 2008
44         (-1)          Jesse Ryder           NZ           564*       35.89     566 v SA at Mirpur 2011
48         ( – )          Brad Haddin        Aus          541         32.02     622 v Pak at Dubai 2009
50         (+2)         Kevin Pietersen    Eng          535         39.97     842 v Aus at Antigua 2007
51         (-2)          Shaun Marsh        Aus          534*       36.58     560 v Eng at Hobart 2011
53         (-4)          Imrul Kayes          Ban         527         28.84     567 v Aus at Mirpur 2011
54         (+5)         Mushfiqur Rahim                Ban         525!        26.20     525 v WI at Mirpur 2011
58         (-3)          Ian Bell                  Eng          521          34.38    693 v Ind at Lord’s 2007
59         (-1)          Tatenda Taibu     Zim          518         29.43     529 v Ban at Harare 2011
60         (+6)         Kieron Pollard      WI           511!        22.23     511 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
65         (-1)          H.Masakadza      Zim          500         27.72     568 v Ban at Mirpur 2009
67         (-2)          Ravi Bopara         Eng          496         30.48     518 v Aus at Lord’s 2009
68         ( – )          Darren Bravo       WI           491*!     32.91     491 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
73         (-1)          Jacob Oram          NZ           474         24.35     584 v Ban at Mirpur 2008
74         (+33)      Marlon Samuels  WI           470         31.39     637 v SL at St. Vincent 2003
76         ( – )          E.Chigumbura      Zim         468          23.65     555 v SA at Bulawayo 2007
79         (-2)          David Hussey       Aus          466*!     31.33     466 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2011
80         (-2)          V.Sibanda             Zim          465         24.45     508 v Pak at Karachi 2008
92         (-10)       Craig Kieswetter   Eng          439*       28.37     462 v Ind at The Oval 2011

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          Avge      Econ      HS Rating
1           ( – )          Graeme Swann    Eng          716         24.55      4.44       735 v Ind at Hyderabad 2011
2           ( – )          Daniel Vettori       NZ           701         31.48      4.12       789 v Eng at Christchurch 2008
3           ( – )          Mitchell Johnson Aus          680         25.30      4.86       729 v Ban at Darwin 2008
4           ( – )          Dale Steyn            SA            663         27.62      5.11       668 v Ind at Nagpur 2011
5           ( – )          Morne Morkel      SA            661         23.93      4.89       704 v Ind at Centurion 2011
6           ( – )          Doug Bollinger     Aus          659*       22.83      4.49       676 v Eng at Hobart 2011
7           ( – )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak          658         26.85      4.21       693 v WI at Barbados 2011
8           ( – )          Ray Price               Zim          653         33.58      3.81       722 v WI at Guyana 2010
9           ( – )          L.Tsotsobe            SA            652*       18.74      4.49       655 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
10         ( – )          Lasith Malinga     SL            639         25.03      4.93       679 v Ban at Colombo (RPS) 2007
12         (+18)      Ravi Rampaul     WI           627!        29.42      4.92       627 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
14         (+3)         Shakib Al Hasan Ban         621         29.53      4.30       717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
20         (+1)         Praveen Kumar    Ind           607         33.92      4.99       652 v NZ at Dambulla 2010
21         (-1)          Jacob Oram          NZ           605         29.54      4.35       770 v Aus at The Oval 2004
23         (-9)          Abdur Razzak      Ban         601         28.32      4.51       675 v Zim at Chittagong 2010
24         (-3)          Johan Botha         SA            600         40.43      4.61       665 v Aus at Centurion 2009
29         (-2)          Tim Bresnan         Eng          577         37.12      5.35       606 v Ind at The Oval 2011
31         ( – )          Darren Sammy    WI           554         43.47      4.57       602 v Can at Jamaica 2010
33         (+1)         Shane Watson      Aus          546         29.10      4.86       606 v Pak at Sydney 2010
34         (+1)         Prosper Utseya     Zim          545         46.14      4.23       665 v Ban at Harare 2006
36=       ( – )          Ryan Harris          Aus          535*       16.12      4.69       610 v Eng at Lord’s 2010
(+5)         R.Ashwin               Ind           535*!     25.82      4.92       535 v Eng at Delhi 2011
38         (+6)         Ravindra Jadeja  Ind           532*       39.75      5.02       592 v SL at Dambulla 2010
40         ( – )          Kemar Roach       WI           526*!     26.06      4.82       526 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
47         (+1)         Jacques Kallis       SA            495         31.76      4.81       641 v WI at Barbados 2001
59         ( – )          Robin Peterson     SA            476*       37.07      4.73       477 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
61         ( – )          N. McCullum        NZ           470*       42.65      4.64       482 v SA at Mirpur 2011
64         ( – )          Wayne Parnell      SA            466*       30.48      5.96       496 v Zim at Benoni 2010

  66         ( – )          C.Mpofu               Zim          463         36.89      5.20       477 v Ban at Bulawayo 2011
71         (+2)         Scott Styris            NZ           456         35.32      4.74       611 v Aus at Wellington 2005
78         (+2)         Naeem Islam        Ban         445*       39.96      4.77       467 v Eng at Chittagong 2011
87         (+8)         Devendra Bishoo WI           420*       23.80      4.28       422 v Ban at Mirpur 2011
95         (+1)         Albie Morkel         SA            407         35.26      5.46       483 v Eng at Centurion 2009
98         (-7)          Kieron Pollard      WI           404*       33.34      5.28       446 v SA at Trinidad 2010

All-rounders

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating
1            ( – )          Shane Watson      Aus          415        429 v SL at Kandy 2011
2           ( – )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban         403        453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
3           ( – )          M.Hafeez              Pak          346!       346 v Zim at Harare 2011
4           ( – )          Jacques Kallis       SA            339        506 v WI at Barbados 2001
12         (+1)         Scott Styris            NZ           262         352 v Aus at Christchurch 2005

*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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