South Africa reclaims number-one ODI spot

South Africa has returned to the top of the ICC ODI Team rankings after sweeping aside Sri Lanka 5-0 at Centurion on Friday.

South Africa had entered the series against Sri Lanka, trailing number-one ranked Australia by four points. However, Australia’s 0-2 defeat against New Zealand and South Africa’s own 5-0 win over Sri Lanka means the Proteas have now moved ahead of the world champions.

This is the fifth time South Africa has surged to the top since the current rankings system was introduced in 2002. It enjoyed top positions in February 2007, March-May 2008, January-August 2009 and October-November 2014.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has dropped three points following its performance in South Africa. While it has stayed in sixth position on 98 points, its pre-series 10-point lead over Bangladesh has been reduced to seven points, with eighth-ranked Pakistan another two points behind.

ICC ODI RANKINGS

Rank  Team             Points

1. South Africa        119 (+3)

2. Australia             118

3. New Zealand       113

4. India                    112

5. England               107

6. Sri Lanka              98 (-3)

7. Bangladesh           91

8. Pakistan               89

9. West Indies          87

10. Afghanistan       52

11. Zimbabwe         47

12. Ireland               42 

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