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by Andrew Wood Tuesday 21 June 2016
The upcoming One-Day International series presents the hosts England with an opportunity to leapfrog Sri Lanka in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI team rankings.
Currently in sixth with 103 points, England will move past fifth-placed Sri Lanka, who have 105 points, if they manage a 4-1 series victory over the visitors.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will have the chance to jump to fourth and dethrone India if they complete a 5-0 clean sweep against England.
England will reach 108 points and Sri Lanka will drop to 100 points if the hosts beat the visitors 5-0 in the series.
Meanwhile, after beating Australia and South Africa in the ongoing tri-series West Indies (93 points) have gained five points and closed the gap on seventh-placed Bangladesh (98 points).
For West Indies to move past Bangladesh in the rankings, they will have to stay unbeaten for the remainder of the tri-series.
Australia’s performance in the tri-series has seen them drop two points but the 2015 Cricket World Cup champions have held on to their number one spot.
Third-placed South Africa have also dropped one point currently and if West Indies defeats them in the encounter on 24th June, the Proteas will fall below India.
Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson have moved up the ICC ODI Player rankings and now currently share fourth place.
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, who averages 35.73 in the tri-series, has dropped four points and is now placed eighth.
Meanwhile, Imran Tahir, who has performed remarkably in the tri-series with 13 wickets to his name, has jumped three places and is now in third.
There is no change in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continuing to lead the list.
The ICC will next update the player rankings on 27th June following the completion of the tri-series and the third game of the England-Sri Lanka ODI series.
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