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Australia Reclaim ODI Top Spot

Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson and Australia enjoyed a 3-0 series win over Pakistan
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After beating Pakistan 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates, Australia have returned to the top of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) One-Day International rankings.

After wins by 93 runs and five wickets in the opening two matches, Australia took a dramatic one-run victory in the third game.

That result, coupled with the third ODI between India and the West Indies in Visakhapatnam being abandoned due to the effects of Cyclone Hudhud, means they cannot now be overtaken before the end of the India-West Indies series.

Now a four-match series, the two sides are locked at 1-1 after a win apiece and even if India win both remaining matches, in Dharamshala (17th October) and Kolkata (20th October), they will not gain enough points to take the top spot.

Australia have therefore made a swift return to the top of the rankings, after losing their number one spot during the ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe in August.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is now in fifth place in the ICC's bowling rankings after taking six wickets in the two matches he played against Pakistan.

Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan has moved up five places to 27th and in the batting rankings, David Warner has jumped up to 40th place after a consistent series.

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