POSTED: Saturday April 4th 2009
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Australia regains number-one spot from Proteas after victory in Durban

Pietersen loses five places in batting rankings as Ponting, Sangakkara and Tendulkar move up; gains in bowling chart for Johnson, Botha and Hopes

 

 

Australia has regained the number-one spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship after defeating South Africa by 141 runs in the first ODI of the five-match series in Durban on Friday.

 

Australia, which surrendered its top position to the Proteas after stand-in captain Johan Botha inspired his side to 4-1 victory in Australia earlier this year, had started the series trailing Graeme Smith’s side by one ratings point. And such is the competitiveness at the top of the table that victory in the first ODI has given Australia a swing of three points as it now sits on 125 with South Africa on 123.

 

However, South Africa still has a chance to finish the series in number-one position if it wins the series 3-2 or better. On the other hand, to return home with the number-one tag Australia needs to win the series 3-2 or better while a 4-1 victory will put it on 127 ratings points and will drop South Africa to third position behind India on 121.

 

Meanwhile, England’s 3-2 victory over the West Indies has earned Andrew Strauss’ side one ratings point as it closes the gap with fifth-placed Pakistan to just three. The West Indies has stayed in eighth position on 92.

 

The news is not all good for England fans though as former captain Kevin Pietersen has slipped five places to 13th position in the latest Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. Pietersen scored 80 runs in four innings during the five-match series at an average of 20.00.

 

Pietersen’s fall has pushed other players up the rankings with Ricky Ponting of Australia, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and India’s Sachin Tendulkar gaining two places each in the latest rankings.

 

The batting chart is still headed by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni followed by Michael Hussey of Australia in second place and West Indies’ Chris Gayle in third.

 

Pietersen’s team-mate Stuart Broad is another player to lose ground in the latest rankings as he drops five places to 12th spot in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

 

But the news is better for Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and James Hopes. Johnson gains three places to seventh position in the bowling rankings while Hopes has moved up five places to 13th spot. Another bowler to make a significant move is South Africa vice-captain Johan Botha who gains three places and breaks into the top 10 on the highest rating of his career to date.

 

Leading bowler is still Nuwan Kulasekara of Sri Lanka, followed closely by Black Cap Kyle Mills, Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralidaran and another New Zealander Daniel Vettori, who each gain one place as Australia’s Nathan Bracken slips up.

 

The top of the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders remain unchanged with Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh still leading the way from England’s Andrew Flintoff in second.

 

Remaining matches in South Africa and Australia ODI series

 

5 April – South Africa v Australia (ODI), Centurion

9 April D/N – South Africa v Australia (ODI), Cape Town

13 April – South Africa v Australia (ODI), Port Elizabeth

17 April – South Africa v Australia (ODI), Johannesburg

 

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship (as of 4 April)

 

Rank   Team                          Rating

 

1          Australia                       125

2          South Africa                 123

3          India                             122

4          New Zealand                112

5          Pakistan                       111

6          England                        108

7          Sri Lanka                     105

8          West Indies                 92

9          Bangladesh                   46

10        Zimbabwe                    23

11        Ireland                          19

12        Kenya                          0

 

(Developed by David Kendix)

 

 

To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/rankings/iccrankingpredictor/predictor-odi.html.

 

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Player Rankings (as of 4 April)

 

Batsmen

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                    Team     Points    Ave         Highest Ranking

   1           ( - )          MS Dhoni              Ind          815          49.26     825 v NZ at Hamilton 2009

   2           ( - )          Mike Hussey        Aus        814           56.75     863 v NZ at Perth 2007

   3           ( - )          Chris Gayle            WI          782           40.32     804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

   4           ( - )          S.Chanderpaul      WI          778           41.54     793 v Eng at Guyana 2009

   5           (-1)          Yuvraj Singh         Ind          769           37.43     790 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

   6           (+1)         Graeme Smith        SA          749           40.97     792 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

   7           (-1)          Virender Sehwag  Ind          747           34.32     774 v NZ at Auckland 2003

   8           (+1)         M.Yousuf              Pak          716         43.19      777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003

   9           (+2)         Ricky Ponting       Aus        705          42.70      832 v NZ at Hobart 2007

  10          (+2)         K. Sangakkara       SL           704          36.33      760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007

  11          (+2)         S. Tendulkar          Ind          703          44.37      887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

  12          (-2)          AB de Villiers        SA          702          37.10      733 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

  13          (-5)          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         699          46.67      834 v Aus at Antigua 2007

  14          (+1)         Jacques Kallis       SA          691          45.30      816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

  15=        (+1)         Herschelle Gibbs  SA          686          36.02      750 v SL at Durban 2003

                (-1)          R. Sarwan              WI          686           43.70      798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006

  17          (-1)          Gautam Gambhir   Ind          685          38.43      713 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  18=        (+1)         Shoaib Malik         Pak          683          35.70      690 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

                (+1)         Salman Butt           Pak          683          39.77      698 v SL at Karachi 2009

  20          (-2)          Andrew Symonds                Aus        681          40.34      778 v Ind at Nagpur 2007

 

Bowlers

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team      Points    Ave         Econ       HS Rating

   1           ( - )          N. Kulasekara       SL           724          26.79      4.41        749 v Pak at Lahore 2009

   2           (+1)         Kyle Mills              NZ          697          26.40      4.68        723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

   3           (+1)         M. Muralidaran    SL           696          22.79      3.89        913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

   4           (+1)         Daniel Vettori        NZ          694          32.43      4.17        790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

   5           (-3)          Nathan Bracken    Aus        691          22.98      4.41        806 v SL at St George\‘s 2007

   6           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         687!        30.05      4.02        687 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

   7           (+3)         Mitchell Johnson Aus        672          25.55      4.83        726 v Ban at Darwin 2008

   8           ( - )          M. Mortaza           Ban         671          29.82      4.57        678 v Ind at Port-of-Spain 2007

   9           ( - )          Andrew Flintoff    Eng         663          24.38      4.39        755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

  10          (+3)         Johan Botha          SA          656*!     37.86      4.41        656 v Aus at Durban 2009

  11          (+1)         Ajantha Mendis   SL           655*       13.14      3.94        660 v Ind at Colombo (RPS) 2009

  12          (-5)          Stuart Broad          Eng         653          27.48      5.03        701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

  13          (+5)         James Hopes         Aus        652*!     31.24      4.20        652 v SA at Durban 2009

  14          (-4)          Jerome Taylor       WI          644          26.26      4.67        688 v SA at Cape Town 2008

  15          (-1)          Zaheer Khan         Ind          643          29.18      4.86        700 v SA at Dhaka 2003

  16          (-1)          Umar Gul                Pak          640!        25.24      4.92        640 v SL at Lahore 2009

  17          (-1)          Sohail Tanvir        Pak          639*       27.34      4.93        673 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

  18          (+1)         Jacob Oram           NZ          626          30.91      4.41        768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

  19          (+1)         Shahid Afridi        Pak          625          35.51      4.63        685 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

  20=        (+2)         Iftikhar Anjum      Pak          622          31.25      4.95        639 v SL at Karachi 2009

                ( - )          Brett Lee                Aus        622          22.96      4.71        853 v SA at Melbourne 2006

 

All-rounders

 

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team      Points    Highest Ranking

1              ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan  Ban         403!        403 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

   2           ( - )          Andrew Flintoff    Eng         353         544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004

   3=         ( - )          Shoaib Malik         Pak          340         402 v WI at Brisbane 2005

                ( - )          Yuvraj Singh         Ind          340         348 v NZ at Hamilton 2009

   5           (+1)         Jacob Oram           NZ          335         383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

 

*Indicates a provisional rating

! Indicates career-best rating

 

For information on the ICC Player Rankings go to: www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com.

 

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