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India strengthen position at top

Calcutta: Team India strengthened their position at the top of the ICC ODI Championship Table as England’s 2-1 victory in the three-match series against New Zealand saw the Alastair Cooks lose two ratings points.

England retained their No.2 spot and now leads third-ranked Australia by just one ratings point and fourth-ranked South Africa by five ratings points with just 100 days to go to the start of Champions Trophy.

With India and Australia not scheduled to play any ODIs before the April cut-off date of ODI Championship Table, South Africa are the only side that can push India and England down the order when they take on Pakistan in a five-match series from March 10.

The only way South Africa can leapfrog England and add another $75,000 to their account is by beating Pakistan 4-1 or better. If South Africa win 4-1, then the Proteas will join England on 117 ratings points but will be ranked above Alastair Cook’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.