India must win one match against Australia to retain second position in ICC ODI rankings

m s dhoniPerth: World champion Australia goes head to head with former World Cup winner India in a five-match ODI series in Perth on Tuesday with its number-one ranking in the ICC ODI Team Championship 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.

Series schedule:

12 Jan– 1stODI, Perth

15 Jan– 2ndODI, Brisbane

17 Jan– 3rdODI, Melbourne

20 Jan– 4thODI, Canberra

23 Jan– 5thODI, 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