ICC ODI Rankings: South Africa claim number one spot

Sport360 staff 13:35 11/02/2017

South Africa have risen to the top of the ICC ODI team rankings after their whitewash of Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded five-match ODI series between the two teams.

In the process, the Proteas have displaced Australia from the top spot. The Australians lost a couple of points after their 0-2 series loss against New Zealand.

New Zealand are third, one point ahead of India and six points ahead of England.

Speaking to the ICC, South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers mentioned that he was excited that his team are at the top of the rankings and that they are moving in the right direction ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

“We are excited to be back at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings. We have had some trials since the World Cup two years ago but have worked hard to rebuild and to gain some form and consistency in this format,” de Villiers said.

“It’s an important year for us with the ICC Champions Trophy in June and regaining the No.1 position is a step in the right direction for our preparation ahead of the event.

“It’s a tight contest at the top so it’ll be important for us to continue putting in the performances so that we can hold onto the position.”

Check out the complete rankings in the gallery above.

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