Proteas’ rankings carrot

South Africa will reclaim the No 1 ODI ranking if they beat Bangladesh 3-0 in the upcoming series.

Australia, who lost the CB Series final 2-0 to India, have dropped from 130 to 127 points, the same as Graeme Smith’s side but just ahead when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. South Africa last held the No 1 ranking going into the 2007 World Cup, only to lose twice to Australia.

The Proteas can officially become the world’s best ODI team again with a clean sweep against the Tigers, but if the hosts manage to win just one game, Australia will open a two-point gap at the top (SA would drop to 125 points).

However, with the last game of the SA-Bangladesh series set to be played on 15 March in Mirpur, Australia have been confirmed as the top seed for September’s Champions Trophy in Pakistan (the cut-off date for seedings is 12 March).

The Proteas will be seeded second followed by New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and the West Indies in the eight-team tournament. The groupings will be announced on the 12th.

ODI Championship
1. Australia 127
2. South Africa 127
3. New Zealand 113
4. India 113
5. Pakistan 109
6. Sri Lanka 107
7. England 105
8. West Indies 96
9. Bangladesh 47
10. Ireland 28
11. Zimbabwe 18
12. Kenya 0