India on 4th spot in ODI ranking after CB series win

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Dubai, Mar 5 (UNI) Team India's good run Down Under in the CB series helped them gain three ratings points, and now sits alongside New Zealand with 113 points in the ICC ODI championship.

However, India is behind Daniel Vettori's side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Sri Lanka, which was the third team in the tri-series, dropped one rating point to return home on 107 after failing to qualify for the final.

Australia was still leading the table despite their loss in the tri-series finals.

Australia, which entered the series on 130 ratings points, dropped to 127 points, the same as second-placed South Africa but above Graeme Smith's side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

However, if Proteas sweep the series against Bangladesh, then they will reclaim the top spot it surrendered to Ricky Ponting's side during the ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies last year.

With the last game of the series between South Africa and Bangladesh set to be played on March 15, Australia has been confirmed as the top seed for this September's ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan as the cut-off date for seedings is March 12, six months before the scheduled start of the tournament.

South Africa, winner of the inaugural tournament in 1998 in Bangladesh, will be seeded second followed in order by New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and the West Indies in the eight-team tournament. The groupings will be announced on March 12.


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