Australia have returned to the top of the Reliance ICC One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings after beating Pakistan 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
Their dramatic one-run victory in the third ODI, coupled with the postponement of the
India-West Indies game which was due to be played on Tuesday, has ensured that India can no longer cement their position at the top even if they win their remaining two ODIs against the visitors. The series is currently all-square after two games.
It has not taken Australia long to regain their position at the top. It was only at the end of August when they were removed from top spot after they suffered a shock three-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in Harare.
That defeat looks to have given them the reality check they needed as they have now won four out of their last five ODI games, only losing to South Africa in the final of the triangular series.
Individually, the Aussies have also benefited from the new rankings which were released
recently. Paceman Mitchell Johnson has moved up to fifth place in the bowling rankings after solid performances against Pakistan, whilst fellow bowlers Nathan Lyon (+23) and Kane Richardson (+27), have been the main beneficiaries as they have been given provisional rankings of 98 and 112.
In the batting department, skipper George Bailey remains in fourth spot whilst Glenn Maxwell (24th place), David Warner (40th) and Steve Smith (92nd) have moved up 10,3 and 30 places respectively. James Faulkner, despite falling one place to 44th, has achieved his highest career points rating.
Momentum can be very important heading into a World Cup year and there is no doubt that Australia's form is a huge boost for everyone associated with the side.
Australia are seemingly moving in the right direction towards challenging for yet another World Cup and, on home soil, they look as though they will be very dangerous to anyone they may play.
Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 13 October, at the end of Pakistan-Australia series in UAE)
Rank Team Rating
1 Australia 114
2 South Africa 113
3 India 113
4 Sri Lanka 111
5 England 107
6 Pakistan 98
7 New Zealand 98
8 West Indies 96
9 Bangladesh 69
10 Zimbabwe 58
11 Afghanistan 42
12 Ireland 33