India can thwart Australian dominance in ICC rankings

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) India can rise up to the second spot in the ICC ODI rankings if its sweeps the seven-match series against world champions Australia starting here tomorrow.

Australians have regained its number one ranking from South Africa during the World Cup in the West Indies, and is in danger of droping as low as third if the recently-crowned World Twenty20 champions India sweeps the series.

If that were to happen, India, currently on 108 points, could gain 10 points to 118 and in the process jump to second position, with Australia dropping from 129 to 116 to occupy third position and South Africa recaliming top spot.

A 6-1 or 5-2 series victory for Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his first series as India's ODI captain would still mean Australia losing the top-position to South Africa while India could move to third place in a congested table in which just nine ratings points separate third and seventh positions.

While, a 4-3 win would lift India to fifth position and the Oz would be left on the same mark as South Africa, 124 points, but would retain top-spot when the ratings are calculated to three decimal places.

However, the other side of the story is that if Australia sweeps the series, India will fall as low as seventh in the Championship table.

While, a 6-1 or 5-2 series win for Australia would result in India maintaining sixth place with Australia extending its lead over South Africa.

Sri Lanka, could leapfrog New Zealand into third place if it makes a clean sweep of its five-match ODI home series against England, starting in Dambulla on Monday. However, if England wins every contest, it will jump ahead of Mahela Jayawardena's side.

England, which won its previous outing against India 4-3 just prior to the Twenty20 World Cup, could slip back to eighth position just behind the West Indies, with a 1-4 or 0-5 series loss but on the hindsight it could also swap places with Sri Lanka if it emerges a 4-1 winner.

Meanwhile, Australian captain Ricky Ponting will be hoping that he can recover quickly from his hamstring injury that sidelined him from crucial matches in the World Twenty20.

If he can do so, the 32 year-old has the opportunity to not only lead his side to success but also to achieve his career-best rating in the player rankings.

The Punter is mere six points behind his best-ever mark, set against South Africa in 2006, and with England's Kevin Pietersen just 29 points behind him in second place, he has plenty of incentives to find fitness and his form in a hurry.

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