Australia maintain the top spot in the ICC OD Rankings table © AFP
Australia maintain the top spot in the ICC OD Rankings table © AFP

Australia and England made significant progress in the ICC ODI Rankings, following their respective series wins over Sri Lanka and Pakistan, respectively. While Australia registered a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) in Pallekele, thus leading to a 4-1 win in the series, as they maintain the top spot in the table, England suffered a four wicket loss, which was eventually a consolation win for Pakistan, in the fifth and final ODI at Cardiff, as England as well won the series 4-1, as they rose to the fifth spot. Nevertheless, the win in the final ODI was not enough to mend things for Pakistan, as they slumped to their lowest rating ever in the number nine spot, and are in series danger of failing to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Full Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Australia 2016, 5th ODI at Pallekele

Following the conclusion of both the matches on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) sent out a media release which added:

Australia, which will aim to reclaim the ICC Champions Trophy title to add to its World Cup trophy, when it is staged next year in the United Kingdom, has moved from 123 points to 124 points, and in doing so, has opened up an 11-point advantage over New Zealand. Sri Lanka has retained its sixth position but has dropped a point to finish on 101 points. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs England 2016, 5th ODI at Cardiff

Sri Lanka’s one-point drop will interest seventh-placed Bangladesh, which is now just three points behind its Asian rival and has two upcoming three-match ODI series each against Afghanistan and England coming up. If Bangladesh wins all the three matches against Afghanistan, plus manages a series win against England, then it will achieve its highest-ever ranking of sixth.

Team Rating
Australia 124
New Zealand 113
India 110
South Africa 110
England 107
Sri Lanka 101
Bangladesh 98
West Indies 94
Pakistan 86
Afghanistan 49
Zimbabwe 46
Ireland 43

Meanwhile, England, which will attempt to win its maiden 50-over ICC title when it hosts next year’s ICC Champions Trophy, has sent out a warning to the other sides after its impressive series win against Pakistan. The series result against Pakistan has seen England move from 106 points to 107 points in fifth position – three behind India and South Africa, who are at 110 points each with India ranked ahead of South Africa on decimal points.

As for Pakistan, it has fallen to its lowest-ever points tally since the current rankings system was introduced in 2001. It started the series on 87 points and is now on 86 points – eight points behind eighth-ranked West Indies. With Pakistan’s forthcoming ODI series being against the West Indies and Australia, it has left itself with a mountain to climb to keep alive its chances of qualifying automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 September 2017 will qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, while the remaining two sides will progress from the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.