ICL: Indian Cricket League

Australia stretch lead at top of ODI table


As they have won the cricket World Cup yet again, with their Saturday victory over Sri Lanka in the final in Bridgetown, Australia have put more distance between it and second-placed South Africa, with a clear difference of six points.

Now, Australia is ahead of the Proteas again at the top of the ICC ODI Championship with the increase of six points after the semifinal win recently, as it moved up to 130 and South Africa slipped to 124.

South Africa was recently deposed at the top of the ODI Championship after a brief but significant period at the top. The Proteas were ranked number one at the annual cut-off date of 1 April thus winning the US$175,000 prize.

Australia won US$75,000 for coming second and then rapidly returned to the top as it maintained its 100 per cent record in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The ICC ODI Championship is clearly a good indicator of current form with the top four all making it through to the semifinal stage of the tournament. If fourth-placed Sri Lanka had overcome Australia in the final, it would have had the added bonus of moving up a place in the ladder. It stays in fourth place after Saturday’s defeat.

Currently, Mahela Jayawardene’s team is a fraction of a point ahead of Pakistan with India and England close behind. Following its defeat to England in the Super Eights, the West Indies has dropped to 99 points in eighth position.

Bangladesh is ninth and newcomers Ireland have entered the ODI Championship in tenth position, ahead of Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Source:The News

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