South Africa aim top spot in all formats

England will be presented with the Reliance ICC one-day international Shield at Cardiff on Friday as the number-one ranked side at the annual update of the rankings, but South Africa will get an opportunity to take top spot in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table in a five-ODI series that starts on Friday 24 August.

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Published: Sat 25 Aug 2012, 12:50 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:33 PM

Former ICC President David Morgan will be joined by David Collier, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive, in presenting the Shield to England ODI captain Alastair Cook at the SWALEC Stadium, one of three venues for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Following this year’s annual update, England had become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point. But if South Africa goes on to win the first match in the series then it will become the first country to hold the number-one rankings spot in all the formats of the game at the same time, having deposed England as the top ranked Test team in the series that finished on Monday.

However, to hold on to the number-one ranking, AB de Villiers’ South Africa needs to win the series against England by 3-2 or better. In case of a 5-0 series win for South Africa, Cook’s England will drop to 112 ratings points. In contrast, if England makes a clean sweep of the series, then it will consolidate its hold on the number-one rank, pushing South Africa down to 108 ratings points.

However, England and South Africa’s final position on the table will be determined by the outcome in the three-ODI Pakistan-Australia series scheduled to be held from August 28 to September 3 in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The ODI Championship table, unlike the Test Championship table, is updated after every match.

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