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South Africa eye rise to second spot in ODI rankings

South Africa are tied with India with 110 points in the ODI rankings.
South Africa are tied with India with 110 points in the ODI rankings.
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With a busy international season ahead, South Africa currently have a chance to leapfrog India and New Zealand to claim the second spot in the ICC One-Day International Rankings.

South Africa play a lone ODI against Ireland and will proceed to play a five-match series against Australia where they have a chance to improve upon their currently-held fourth place.

South Africa are tied on 110 points along with India currently while the second placed New Zealand have 113 points whereas Australia lead the pack with 124 points.

A 3-2 series win for South Africa against Australia will lift them to the third spot with 112 points while a 4-1 win will push them up to the second place with 114 points.

For Australia to maintain their current haul of 124 points, they will have to win the series 3-2 but even a 5-0 series defeat will see them retain their pole position.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh who are set to take on Afghanistan and England, will move up to the sixth spot if they win those respective contests 3-0 and 2-1, ahead of Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, England do not have any immediate threat to their fifth position regardless of the result of their ODI contest against Bangladesh.

Elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and West Indies will face off for a three-match ODIs series and the 1992 World Cup victors will leapfrog the eighth placed West Indies with a 3-0 win.

Pakistan, the first-ranked team in Tests, are ranked ninth in ODIs and a 3-0 win will give them three points, taking their tally to 89 while West Indies will drop from 94 points to 88 points.

Unlike the Test team rankings which are updated at the end of the series, the ODI team rankings are updated after every match.

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