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Australia enter the Cricket World Cup as the No.1 ranked ODI side

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Australia heads into the Cricket World Cup as the No.1 ODI side

Australia will enter ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in pole position in the latest Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings, which were released on Monday, following its 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday.

Australia’s victory means that they currently hold a six-point advantage over second-placed India, who also featured in the series, and the reigning ICC Cricket World Cup champion is a point clear of South Africa, who lie a further point behind with 113 points.

While a number of ODI series have concluded in recent days, the second and final match between New Zealand and Pakistan is set to be played on Tuesday, with the Black Caps holding a 1-0 lead following its seven-wicket win in Wellington on Saturday. A victory for sixth-placed New Zealand would see it reduce England’s lead to two points while a win for seventh-placed Pakistan would level the series 1-1 and reduce the gap on the Black Caps to three points.

The 14 competing teams will then complete their final ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up fixtures ahead of the beginning of the tournament on February 14.

ICC ODI Team Rankings (February 2, 2015)

Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1 Australia 52 6254 120
2 India 70 8010 114
3 South Africa 55 6211 113
4 Sri Lanka 83 8955 108
5 England 57 5953 104
6 New Zealand 45 4600 102
7 Pakistan 59 5662 96
8 West Indies 51 4808 94
9 Bangladesh 33 2466 75
10 Zimbabwe 36 1893 53
11 Afghanistan 15 622 41
12 Ireland 11 377 34
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