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India, England looking to improve ODI rankings in forthcoming five-match series


September 1, 2011 - Dubai

After swapping places in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table, both India and England will be aiming for improvements in the ICC ODI Championship table when they go head to head in a five-match series which starts at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Saturday.

England made a clean sweep of the four-Test series to claim the number-one ranking for the first time in 32 years.

Although a sweep of the ODI series will not be enough to dislodge Australia from the number-one position, it will provide England a lift of two places, which will put it ahead of South Africa and India in third position.

England currently sits in fifth position on 107 ratings points - 10 ratings points behind third-ranked India and nine points behind fourth-placed South Africa.

A 5-0 series win will earn Alastair Cook's side nine ratings points and will dock India eight ratings points. This will mean England will join South Africa on 116 ratings points, but will be ranked ahead of the Proteas when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point whereas India will slip to fifth position on 109 ratings points.

In a sharp contrast, India also has an opportunity to leapfrog Sri Lanka into second position. But to make this happen, it will have to win the series by 4-1 or better.

A 4-1 series result will put India on 120 ratings points while dropping England to 104 ratings points, a 5-0 win will take India to 122 ratings points - eight behind Australia - while leaving England on 101 points - just one ahead of Pakistan, which will take on Zimbabwe in a three-ODI series on September 8.

If India wins the series 3-2, it will stay on 117 ratings points, but will slip behind South Africa in fourth position if England wins the series 3-2.

In the event of England winning 3-2, India will drop to 114 ratings points while England will rise to 110 ratings.

Meanwhile, in the ICC ODI Player Rankings, there will be pressure on England off-spinner Graeme Swann, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar who will be looking to score his 100th international century.

Swann is currently the number-one ranked bowler in the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, but he enjoys a slender two-point lead over New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.

If the England spinner fails to take wickets, this two-point lead will disappear quickly which will leave the New Zealander as the only bowler beyond the 700-point mark.

Swann is the only bowler from either side who figures inside the top 10. The next highest-ranked bowler from either side is England fast bowler James Anderson while India's highest-ranked bowler is Praveen Kumar in 25th position.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, India boasts three batsmen inside the top 10 - Virat Kohli (sixth), Dhoni (ninth) and Tendulkar (10th).

Dhoni trails eighth-ranked Michael Hussey of Australia by 18 points, while 10th-placed Tendulkar leads injured teammate Gautam Gambhir, who is in 12th position, by eight points.

Dhoni and Tendulkar, along with Kohli, will be aiming to produce strong performances in the ODI series which will not only help India to improve its current ranking but will also allow them to move in the right direction.

South Africa's pair of Hashim Amla and Ab de Villiers is sitting on top of the batting table while Australia's Shane Watson is in third place.

Watson also leads the ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders, while the highest-ranked England all-rounder is Tim Bresnan whereas India's Praveen Kumar in 45th position is the highest-ranked India all-rounder in the absence of Yuvraj Singh (fifth), Yusuf Pathan (24th) and Virender Sehwag (35th).

ANI

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