Tuesday, February 03, 2015

World Cup co-host Australia is ranked the best ODI team in the world

Australia will start their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign as the top ranked team in the ICC ODI team rankings. Their undefeated performance in the recently concluded Tri-Series against England and India has helped them to hold their top position.
As of 2 February 2015, Australia maintained their top position with 120 rating points in the ICC ODI team rankings. With a 112-run victory against England in the Tri-Series final in Perth on Sunday, the World Cup co-host hold a six-point lead over India in the rankings.
South Africa will move into the World Cup as the third-ranked ODI team, but their two batsmen AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are leading the batting list. George Bailey, skipper of the Australian ODI team, is the only player from his country to be among the top 10 batsmen in the list.
Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner experienced a big move in the batting rankings. Maxwell moved 19 places to No 17 while Faulkner moved 14 places to No 19.

The interesting thing is that Pakistani spinner, Saeed Ajmal, who was banned from bowling in the international cricket, remains at the top spot of the bowling list.