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Double treat for England, book place for Champions Trophy

Written by: Staff

Dubai, Mar 22 (UNI) After scripting a brilliant series-levelling win against India in the Mumbai Test, England have another reason to celebrate as they booked their place for the ICC Champions Trophy while India moved down one place to fifth in the latest LG ICC ODI Championship rankings issued today.

England are now placed sixth with 108 points, ahead of Sri Lanka (105) thanks to the island nation's loss to Pakistan in Colombo today and only sides in top six of the Championship table on April 1 automatically reach the main round of the eight-team ODI tournament which is to be staged in India in October this year.

Even if England lose their two ODI matches against India before the cut-off date -- on March 28 at Delhi and at Faridabad on March 31 -- they would only slip to 105 rating points but would still retain sixth place when the ratings were recalculated to three decimal places.

India, who suffered a humiliating 212-run defeat at the hands of England today are now in fifth place with 113 points, the same as New Zealand but one place below.

Sri Lanka's four wicket loss to Pakistan (114) meant that the island nation dropped to seventh with 105 rating points and they have to play in a qualification tournament with West Indies, Zimbabwe and either one of Bangladesh or Kenya prior to the main tournament.

Nine of the ten teams taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy have been decided and only one place, between Bangladesh and Kenya, remains up for grabs.

Bangladesh are currently in tenth place in the Championship table and will retain that position if they win their ongoing four-match series against the Kenyans by two clear matches. They are already 2-0 up so are well placed to do just that.

Pakistan are another side with a double cause to celebrate after their success in Sri Lanka.

Their win today has not only clinched the ODI series 2-0 but also confirmed a two-place jump up the table to third after they started the series in fifth spot.

With 114 points to their credit, Pakistan have gone ahead of both New Zealand and India and are now just five rating points behind second-placed South Africa (119).

They were in third place at start of this year but dropped down the LG ICC ODI Championship table thanks to a 4-1 series loss to India last month.

World champions Australia lead the ODI table with 132 points.

LG ICC ODI Championship Rankings: 1. Australia (132); 2. South Africa (119); 3. Pakistan (114) 4. New Zealand (113); 5. India (113); 6. England (108) 7. Sri Lanka (105); 8. West Indies (89); 9. Zimbabwe (42) 10. Bangladesh (21); 11. Kenya (18) UNI XC PDS RS2104

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