South Africa is currently ranked 2nd in ODI rankings © Getty Images
South Africa is currently ranked 2nd in ODI rankings © Getty Images

Aug 29, 2014

South-Africa need just one more win against Australia in the ongoing Triangular series in Zmbabwe to dislodge the Aussies from the number one rankings in one-day cricket. Australia must remain undefeated for the remainder of the tri-series one-day tournament to ensure they hold onto top spot, after the Proteas closed the gap with their thumping seven-wicket win on Monday.

Even if Australia win the final on September 6, but a loss against South Africa in their final round robin match next Tuesday doesn’t look like it will be enough to keep the Proteas at bay. The ICC rankings system is often difficult to put into context.

This is best evidenced by the fact South Africa have gone back to No.1 in Tests despite losing the mantle to the Australians when they suffered a crushing defeat in Cape Town in March. Australia have been overtaken without playing another Test since that date.