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England and Australia strengthen ODI rankings after comprehensive victories

England and Australia strengthen ODI rankings after comprehensive victories
Australia completed a 4-1 series victory against Sri Lanka recently.
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England and Australia have increased their hold on their respective positions in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International Team Rankings after comprehensive wins against Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively.

Australia’s 4-1 series win has seen them gain one point and they are now placed on 124 rating points while Sri Lanka has lost one point but have maintained their sixth spot.

Sri Lanka currently have 101 points but their lead against the seventh-placed Bangladesh is only a slender margin of three points.

England, who also have secured a 4-1 series win against Pakistan, have gained one point and are now on 107 rating points, three adrift from South Africa (fourth spot) and India (third spot), who are tied on 110 points.

The series defeat against England has led to Pakistan falling to 86 points, which is their lowest ever since the rankings system was introduced in the year 2001.

Currently, Pakistan lag behind the eighth-placed West Indies by eight points, making it an uphill task for them to break into the top eight to secure a direct qualification for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Given that Pakistan’s upcoming ODI contests are against West Indies and the top-ranked Australia, they have a tough task ahead of them to climb up the points table.

For the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, England and the other top seven ranked sides will qualify directly while the other two teams will take part in the 2018 Cricket World Cup qualifier.

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