POSTED: Thursday May 21st 2009
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Chance for England to narrow gap with Pakistan

Gayle and Chanderpaul challenge Dhoni for number-one batting spot while Broad can become England’s highest-ranked bowler.


After swapping places with Pakistan in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table, England has a chance to put more pressure on the Asian side in the ODI version when it goes head-to-head with the West Indies in the three-match series starting in Leeds on Thursday.

England currently sits in sixth place on 108 ratings points and trails Pakistan by three. However, if it sweeps the series it will gain two ratings points which will put it on 110, just one behind Pakistan.

But if the West Indies wins all three matches of the series, Andrew Strauss’s side will plummet to seventh place, two points behind Sri Lanka. Chris Gayle’s side, in this scenario, would gain six rating points up to 98 in eighth place.

A 2-1 result in England’s favour would not change the points table but if the result was reversed, England would join Sri Lanka on 105 rating points but would stay ahead of Kumar Sangakkara’s side by a fraction of a point, while the West Indies would rise to 95 rating points.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rakings for ODI batsmen, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may lose his number-one position if Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul fire in the series.

Dhoni is currently the only batsman above the 800-point mark but Gayle is not too far behind as he trails the Indian by 33 points. Chanderpaul is another four points behind which means the order could potentially change with a couple of strong performances by the two West Indies stalwarts.

However, the failure of the pair to maintain their very high standards would directly benefit fourth-placed Yuvraj Singh of India and Australia’s Michael Hussey in fifth position who are waiting to pounce on any opportunity that comes their way.

Gayle occupied the number-one spot for a couple of weeks in January this year before Dhoni regained the coveted top position after strong performances against South Africa. Gayle had first surged to the top of the rankings in April 2004 after an ODI against England in Guyana.

Chanderpaul, despite having led the Test batting chart, has never gone top of the ODI ranking and his current number-three position is the best he has achieved to date. This can serve as an extra incentive for the Guyanese batsman who won the player of the year for 2008 at the LG ICC Awards.

Besides Gayle and Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan in 16th position is the third West Indies batsmen in the top 20 and he will be eyeing an upward movement.

For England, former captain Kevin Pietersen in 14th place is the only home team batsman in the top 20 and he has the potential to return to the top 10 if he manages to put up a couple of good performances in the series.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, fast bowler Stuart Broad is well placed to become his country’s highest-ranked bowler. The 22-year-old is currently in 13th spot while Andrew Flintoff is in ninth place.

Flintoff must sit out the series due to injury which means he will lose one per cent of his ratings for every match missed so Broad can overtake the Lancastrian and can also return to the top 10 after dropping out earlier this year. Broad’s highest ranking to date is the third position he achieved an ODI against South Africa at the Oval last year.

Jerome Taylor (in 14th place) is the only West Indies bowler in the top 20 while Dwayne Bravo (33rd), Fidel Edwards (44th) and Gayle (81st) will be aiming for an upward movement.

The bowling table is headed by Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara while Kyle Mills of New Zealand is second and Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka third.

Upcoming fixtures:

21 May – First ODI, Leeds

24 May – Second ODI, Bristol

26 May – Third ODI, Birmingham

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table (as on 20 May 2009)

Rank   Team              Ranking

1          South Africa               126

2          Australia                      122

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

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Player Rankings (as on 20 May 2009)

Batsmen

Rank      Player                                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

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

   2           Chris Gayle                           WI           782         40.32     804 v Aus at Mumbai 2006

   3           S.Chanderpaul                     WI           778         41.54     793 v Eng at Guyana 2009

   4           Yuvraj Singh                        Ind           769         37.43     790 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

   5           Mike Hussey                        Aus          767         54.65     863 v NZ at Perth 2007

   6           AB de Villiers                        SA            752         38.88     753 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2009

   7           Virender Sehwag                  Ind           747         34.32     774 v NZ at Auckland 2003

   8           Graeme Smith                      SA            731         40.39     792 v Ban at Dhaka 2008

   9           Herschelle Gibbs                  SA            712         36.37     750 v SL at Durban 2003

  10         Jacques Kallis                       SA            707         45.30     816 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

  11         Michael Clarke                    Aus          705         42.50     756 v SL at Melbourne 2008

  12         Kumar Sangakkara            SL            704         36.33     760 v Ind at Rajkot 2007

  13         Sachin Tendulkar                                Ind           703         44.37     887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

  14         Kevin Pietersen                    Eng          699         46.67     834 v Aus at Antigua 2007

  15         Mohammad Yousuf           Pak          698         43.19     777 v SA at Rawalpindi 2003

  16         Ramnaresh Sarwan            WI           686         43.70     798 v Ind at St Kitts 2006

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

  18         Ricky Ponting                       Aus          680         42.52     832 v NZ at Hobart 2007

  19         Shoaib Malik                        Pak          668         35.30     690 v WI at Abu Dhabi 2008

  20         Sanath Jayasuriya                              SL            664         32.71     838 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003

 

Bowlers

Rank      Player                                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

 1            Nuwan Kulasekara             SL            724        4.41        749 v Pak at Lahore 2009

   2           Kyle Mills                              NZ           697        4.68        723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

   3           Muttiah Muralidaran          SL            696         3.89       913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

   4           Daniel Vettori                       NZ           694        4.17        790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

   5           Shakib Al Hasan                 Ban         687!       4.02        687 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

   6           Nathan Bracken                  Aus          677        4.41        806 v SL at St George’s 2007

   7           Mitchell Johnson                 Aus          672        4.85        726 v Ban at Darwin 2008

   8           Mashrafe Mortaza              Ban         671        4.57        678 v Ind at Port-of-Spain 2007

   9           Andrew Flintoff                   Eng          663        4.39        755 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

  10         Shahid Afridi                        Pak          660        4.61        685 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

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

                Johan Botha                         SA            655        4.43        664 v Aus at Centurion 2009

  13         Stuart Broad                         Eng          653        5.03        701 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

  14=       Jerome Taylor                      WI           644        4.67        688 v SA at Cape Town 2008

                James Hopes                        Aus          644        4.33        665 v Pak at Dubai 2009

  16         Zaheer Khan                        Ind           643        4.86        700 v SA at Dhaka 2003

  17         Jacob Oram                          NZ           626        4.41        768 v Aus at The Oval 2004

  18         Chaminda Vaas                  SL            620        4.18        861 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2004

  19=       Daren Powell                        WI           618        4.71        686 v Aus at St George’s 2008

                Umar Gul                              Pak          618        4.93        640 v SL at Lahore 2009


All-rounders

Rank      Player                                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

  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           Yuvraj Singh                        Ind           340        348 v NZ at Hamilton 2009

   4=        Shahid Afridi                        Pak          337        360 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

                Shoaib Malik                        Pak          337        402 v WI at Brisbane 2005

 *Indicates a provisional rating

! Indicates career-best rating

 

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

 


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