New Zealand’s thumping victory in the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee here in Wellington has put the squeeze on Australia at the top of the ICCs one-day rankings, with South Africa now moving into joint-first position.
Both Australia and South Africa now have 128 points, but if Australia lose either of their next two matches against New Zealand, they will have slipped to second by the time the World Cup gets underway in the Caribbean next month.
South Africa, meanwhile, have been in thumping good form against Pakistan and their captain was relishing the prospect of overhauling the Aussies at the top.
“When the team realised they were that close to being No 1, no-one was scared of it,” Smith said. “When we talked about it before the last game (against Pakistan), you could feel the excitement and the feel that all the hard work we had put in had been worth it.”
“The World Cup is the same. We don’t mind carrying the tag of being favourites. In that environment, it doesn’t make you a better team than Australia. You’ve still got to perform on every given day,” he explained.
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