SA overtake Aus as No.1 ODI team

Updated: 18 March 2008 06:47 IST

South Africa have toppled world champions Australia to regain top spot in the ICC ODI rankings after their convincing 3-0 series victory over Bangladesh

SA overtake Aus as No.1 ODI team

Dubai:

South Africon on Friday toppled world champions Australia to regain top spot in the ICC ODI Championship table after their convincing 3-0 series victory over Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, India are all set to finish runners-up to Ricky Ponting's team in the Test standings at the cut-off date of April 1 and earn $75,000 for this achievement.

India is ranked fourth with 113 points in the ODI table.

South Africa gained 0.720 points from their series victory over Bangladesh and although it stayed on 127 ratings points along with Australia, the fraction of a point was enough to put it ahead of Ponting's men by 0.191 of a point.

South Africa's achievement is significant because the sides that lead the Test and ODI Championship ladders on April 1, receives $175,000 for its achievement, while the side placed second collects $75,000.

Last year too, South Africa had snatched the title just before the April 1 cut-off date, relegating Australia to second position.

In the Test championship table, India are sure of finishing second after England blew their chance of leapfrogging Anil Kumble's side by losing the first Test to New Zealand in Hamilton.

ICC ODI Championship:

1. South Africa (127), 2. Australia (127), 3. New Zealand (113), 4. India (113), 5. Pakistan (109), 6. Sri Lanka (107), 7. England (105), 8. West Indies (96), 9. Bangladesh (46), 10. Ireland (28), 11. Zimbabwe (18), 12. Kenya (0).

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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