The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the updated One Day International (ODI) team rankings, and there’s a significant reshuffle at the top. Following their impressive performance in the ongoing ODI series against South Africa, Australia have regained the coveted No. 1 position in the rankings.
Australia’s resurgence to the top
Australia’s climb to the top of the ODI rankings comes after convincing victories in the series against South Africa, where they have taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match leg. The Australian team displayed exceptional batting and bowling performances in the first two games, which contributed significantly to their rise in the rankings.
In the second ODI of the series against South Africa, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne’s brilliant centuries played a pivotal role in Australia’s triumph. Warner’s century, his 46th as an opening batter in international cricket, helped him break Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Meanwhine, Labuschagne’s 124 runs off 99 deliveries in that match exemplified his exceptional form and now, he may find in a place in Australia’s final 15 for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
With this win over South Africa, Australia have 121 points on the ICC Men’s ODI team rankings points table. They are one point ahead of Pakistan, who are on 120 but have a change to regain the top spot if they clinch the Asia Cup 2023 title and Australia loses their remaining matches.
The updated rankings
The latest ICC ODI team rankings are as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
Australia’s resurgence to the No. 1 position has added more excitement to the ODI format, especially with the ODI World Cup 2023 just around the corner. The top teams will be vying for supremacy in the upcoming tournament, making the race for the World Cup even more thrilling.
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