• Proteas take 3rd spot as NZ drop in ODI rankings

    New Zealand has slipped to fourth place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after their 35-run loss to India in the fifth ODI in Wellington.

    South Africa have risen ahead of New Zealand into third spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after the Black Caps’ 4-1 series loss to India.

    New Zealand are now on 111 points, the same as South Africa, but behind on decimal points, even as second-placed India gained one point to bridge the gap with ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 hosts England. England leads the table with 126 points, while India has reached 122.

    India and New Zealand would have remained on their pre-series tally of 121 and 113 points respectively, had the home side pulled off a victory in the last match in Wellington on Sunday for a 3-2 series result.

    Pakistan, who lost a close series to South Africa 3-2 last week, sit in fifth position with 102 points, while World champions Australia lie in sixth place with 100 points.

    Source: ICC

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