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But Proteas will view series as a chance to close the gap on Australia

Graeme Smith has opportunity to put pressure on MS Dhoni and Michael Hussey in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen while Dale Steyn and Johan Botha will look to secure their top 20 status in the bowler rankings

Second-placed South Africa and England, in sixth position, start a five-match ODI series on Friday in which all-out victory over the Proteas would see the host slip to fifth in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table and England rise to third.

But if Graeme Smith’s side manages to win the series 5-0 it will close the gap between it and Australia to just two points. However, if the Proteas win 3-2, their victory margin will not be enough to maintain second place and they will slip to third behind India.

If Andrew Strauss’ side was to win the series 3-2 then it would rise to fifth in the rankings and South Africa would drop to third, again providing India with second place.

No victory scenario can see either team putting any pressure on the current table toppers Australia.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Smith is still the highest-ranked player of either side. Placed in third, he will be looking to put pressure on the top two-placed batsmen, India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia’s Michael Hussey.

Further down the top 20, South Africa’s AB de Villiers (fifth), Jacques Kallis (10th) and England’s Kevin Pietersen (17th) and Paul Collingwood (18th) will be hoping for a strong series to further secure their places among the top ODI batsmen in the world.

Knocking on the door of the top 20 is South Africa’s JP Duminy who is currently placed 22nd in the rankings. Another series of good performances with the bat could see the Capetonian rise up the table.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn will be looking to work his way up from sixth place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers and put some pressure on the likes of leader New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and second-placed Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

The only other South African in the top 20 is vice-captain Johan Botha who currently sits in joint 13th place with ICC Cricketer of the Year, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.

England has two players ranked in the top 20 of the bowler rankings, but Stuart Broad, currently ranked 15th, is unlikely to play in the opening match of the series with a shoulder injury and the next highest ranked being Andrew Flintoff at 18th, who is missing this series due to injury.

Further down the table, James Anderson (21st) and Graeme Swann (53rd) are both carrying injuries and are not certainties for the opening fixture at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday.

South Africa’s Charl Langeveldt is currently placed 37th while team-mate Roelof van der Merwe is sitting in 57th spot. Both will be hoping for a good series to push them up the rankings, especially fast bowler Langeveldt who recently returned to the Proteas side after a 19-month absence.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders the table is still topped by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, but Kallis, who currently sits in fourth place, will be hoping to rise back up the table

The schedule for the series is as follows:

20 Nov – First ODI, Johannesburg

22 Nov – Second ODI, Centurion

27 Nov – Third ODI, Cape Town

29 Nov – Fourth ODI, Port Elizabeth

4 Dec – Fifth ODI, Durban

For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com

Reliance Mobile ODI Championship (as of 18 November)

Rank Team
Rating

1

Australia

130

2

South Africa

122

3

India

122

4

New Zealand

112

5

Pakistan

108

6

England   

106

7

Sri Lanka

106

8

West Indies

76

9

Bangladesh

55

10

Zimbabwe

26

11

Ireland

25

12

Kenya

2

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings (as of 18 November)

Batsmen

Rank

Player

Team

Pts

Ave

HS Rating

1

MS Dhoni

Ind

817

50.04

837 v Aus at Delhi 2009

2

Mike Hussey

Aus

801

54.07

865 v NZ at Perth 2007

3

Graeme Smith

SA

749

41.07

785 v Ind at Kolkata 2005

4

Ricky Ponting

Aus

738

43.19

831 v NZ at Hobart 2007

5

AB de Villiers

SA

736

39.29

750 v NZ at Centurion 2009


Chris Gayle

WI

736

39.94

808 v Zim at Harare 2003

7

S Chanderpaul

WI

733

41.66

778 v Eng at Guyana 2009

8

Yuvraj Singh

Ind

732

37.44

786 v WI at Kingston 2009

9

S Tendulkar

Ind

729

44.50

887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

10

Jacques Kallis

SA

706

45.25

818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

11

V. Sehwag

Ind

683

33.98

787 v NZ at Auckland 2003

12

Herschelle Gibbs

SA

682

36.30

752 v SL at Durban 2003

13

M Yousuf

Pak

672

42.79

779 v Zim at Harare 2002

14

B McCullum

NZ

666!

29.42

666 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009

15

Michael Clarke

Aus

659

42.62

751 v SL at Melbourne 2008

16

K Sangakkara

SL

654

35.79

755 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2006

17

Kevin Pietersen

Eng

653

46.67

842 v Aus at Antigua 2007

18

P Collingwood

Eng

641

35.12

670 v NZ at Bristol 2008

19

S Jayasuriya

SL

638

32.54

841 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003


G Gambhir

Ind

638

37.03

702 v SL at Colombo(RPS)2009

Bowlers

Rank      Player                   Team     Pts      Avge      Econ      HS Rating

1           Daniel Vettori       NZ         719        31.71     4.15       790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

2           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        716!       30.36     4.03       716 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

3           Ray Price              Zim         701*      33.57      3.73       701 v SA at Centurion 2009

4           N Kulasekara      SL           687         27.41     4.50       727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

5           Kyle Mills              NZ       685         26.45     4.68       723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

6           Dale Steyn            SA        659*      27.15     5.20       662 v Zim at Benoni 2009

7           Shane Bond          NZ        652         20.87     4.28       810 v SA at St George’s 2007

8=         Shahid Afridi        Pak       636         34.52     4.61       667 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

Harbhajan Singh Ind         636         32.97     4.27       738 v WI at Bridgetown 2002

10           Ajantha Mendis   SL          635*      16.36     4.14       642 v SA at Centurion 2009

11=         Jacob Oram          NZ        630         30.76     4.37       770 v Aus at The Oval 2004

M Muralidaran     SL         630        22.98     3.91       913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

13=         M Johnson           Aus       629         26.18     4.98       729 v Ban at Darwin 2008

Johan Botha         SA         629         40.20     4.51       665 v Aus at Centurion 2009

15           Stuart Broad         Eng       627         26.59     5.13       703 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

16           Nathan Bracken  Aus        626         24.36     4.41       808 v SL at St George’s 2007

17           Nathan Hauritz    Aus        622*!    30.29     4.30       622 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

18           Andrew Flintoff   Eng       617         24.38     4.39       758 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

19           M Mortaza          Ban        612          29.82     4.57       653 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

20           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         610*!    27.51     3.92       610 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2009

All-rounders

Rank         Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        453!       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2           Shane Watson      Aus         355!       355 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

3           Yuvraj Singh        Ind          337        356 v Aus at Delhi 2009

4           Jacques Kallis       SA           331        506 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

5=         Shahid Afridi        Pak         321        352 v Ken at Nairobi 2002

Jacob Oram          NZ          321        383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

*Indicates a provisional rating

For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com.

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ICC – Communications Officer
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Email: sami.ulhasan@icc-cricket.com


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Dubai, 18 November 2009

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Clean sweep will send England to third place

But Proteas will view series as a chance to close the gap on Australia

Graeme Smith has opportunity to put pressure on MS Dhoni and Michael Hussey in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen while Dale Steyn and Johan Botha will look to secure their top 20 status in the bowler rankings

Second-placed South Africa and England, in sixth position, start a five-match ODI series on Friday in which all-out victory over the Proteas would see the host slip to fifth in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table and England rise to third.

But if Graeme Smith’s side manages to win the series 5-0 it will close the gap between it and Australia to just two points. However, if the Proteas win 3-2, their victory margin will not be enough to maintain second place and they will slip to third behind India.

If Andrew Strauss’ side was to win the series 3-2 then it would rise to fifth in the rankings and South Africa would drop to third, again providing India with second place.

No victory scenario can see either team putting any pressure on the current table toppers Australia.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Smith is still the highest-ranked player of either side. Placed in third, he will be looking to put pressure on the top two-placed batsmen, India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia’s Michael Hussey.

Further down the top 20, South Africa’s AB de Villiers (fifth), Jacques Kallis (10th) and England’s Kevin Pietersen (17th) and Paul Collingwood (18th) will be hoping for a strong series to further secure their places among the top ODI batsmen in the world.

Knocking on the door of the top 20 is South Africa’s JP Duminy who is currently placed 22nd in the rankings. Another series of good performances with the bat could see the Capetonian rise up the table.

South Africa’s Dale Steyn will be looking to work his way up from sixth place in the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers and put some pressure on the likes of leader New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and second-placed Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.

The only other South African in the top 20 is vice-captain Johan Botha who currently sits in joint 13th place with ICC Cricketer of the Year, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson.

England has two players ranked in the top 20 of the bowler rankings, but Stuart Broad, currently ranked 15th, is unlikely to play in the opening match of the series with a shoulder injury and the next highest ranked being Andrew Flintoff at 18th, who is missing this series due to injury.

Further down the table, James Anderson (21st) and Graeme Swann (53rd) are both carrying injuries and are not certainties for the opening fixture at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday.

South Africa’s Charl Langeveldt is currently placed 37th while team-mate Roelof van der Merwe is sitting in 57th spot. Both will be hoping for a good series to push them up the rankings, especially fast bowler Langeveldt who recently returned to the Proteas side after a 19-month absence.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders the table is still topped by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, but Kallis, who currently sits in fourth place, will be hoping to rise back up the table.

The schedule for the series is as follows:

20 Nov – First ODI, Johannesburg

22 Nov – Second ODI, Centurion

27 Nov – Third ODI, Cape Town

29 Nov – Fourth ODI, Port Elizabeth

4 Dec – Fifth ODI, Durban

For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com

Reliance Mobile ODI Championship (as of 18 November)

Rank   Team              Rating

1          Australia          130

2          South Africa   122

3          India                122

4          New Zealand  112

5          Pakistan           108

6          England           106

7          Sri Lanka         106

8          West Indies     76

9          Bangladesh     55

10        Zimbabwe       26

11        Ireland             25

12        Kenya              2

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings (as of 18 November)

Batsmen

Rank      Player                   Team     Pts          Ave         HS Rating

1          MS Dhoni              Ind          817       50.04     837 v Aus at Delhi 2009

2          Mike Hussey        Aus         801         54.07     865 v NZ at Perth 2007

3          Graeme Smith      SA         749         41.07     785 v Ind at Kolkata 2005

4           Ricky Ponting       Aus       738         43.19     831 v NZ at Hobart 2007

5=        AB de Villiers        SA         736       39.29     750 v NZ at Centurion 2009

Chris Gayle           WI        736        39.94     808 v Zim at Harare 2003

7           S Chanderpaul     WI          733         41.66     778 v Eng at Guyana 2009

8           Yuvraj Singh        Ind          732        37.44     786 v WI at Kingston 2009

9           S Tendulkar         Ind          729        44.50     887 v Zim at Sharjah 1998

10          Jacques Kallis       SA           706        45.25     818 v WI at Johannesburg 2004

11          V. Sehwag             Ind          683        33.98     787 v NZ at Auckland 2003

12          Herschelle Gibbs  SA           682        36.30     752 v SL at Durban 2003

13          M Yousuf             Pak         672        42.79     779 v Zim at Harare 2002

14          B McCullum        NZ          666!        29.42     666 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2009

15          Michael Clarke    Aus         659         42.62     751 v SL at Melbourne 2008

16          K Sangakkara     SL           654         35.79     755 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2006

17          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         653         46.67     842 v Aus at Antigua 2007

18          P Collingwood     Eng         641         35.12     670 v NZ at Bristol 2008

19=        S Jayasuriya        SL           638         32.54     841 v Ban at Pietermaritzburg 2003

G Gambhir           Ind          638         37.03     702 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009

Bowlers

Rank      Player                   Team     Pts      Avge      Econ      HS Rating

1           Daniel Vettori       NZ       719        31.71     4.15       790 v Eng at Christchurch 2008

2           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        716!       30.36     4.03       716 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

3           Ray Price              Zim      701*!    33.57      3.73       701 v SA at Centurion 2009

4           N Kulasekara      SL         687         27.41     4.50       727 v NZ at Colombo (RPS) 2009

5           Kyle Mills              NZ      685         26.45     4.68       723 v Aus at Melbourne 2009

6           Dale Steyn            SA        659*      27.15     5.20       662 v Zim at Benoni 2009

7           Shane Bond          NZ        652         20.87     4.28       810 v SA at St George’s 2007

8=         Shahid Afridi        Pak       636         34.52     4.61       667 v Ind at Dhaka 2008

Harbhajan Singh Ind          636         32.97     4.27       738 v WI at Bridgetown 2002

10           Ajantha Mendis   SL          635*      16.36     4.14       642 v SA at Centurion 2009

11=         Jacob Oram          NZ        630         30.76     4.37       770 v Aus at The Oval 2004

M Muralidaran   SL         630        22.98     3.91       913 v NZ at Sharjah 2002

13=         M Johnson           Aus       629         26.18     4.98       729 v Ban at Darwin 2008

Johan Botha         SA         629         40.20     4.51       665 v Aus at Centurion 2009

15           Stuart Broad         Eng       627         26.59     5.13       703 v SA at Trent Bridge 2008

16           Nathan Bracken  Aus        626         24.36     4.41       808 v SL at St George’s 2007

17           Nathan Hauritz    Aus        622*!    30.29     4.30       622 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

18           Andrew Flintoff   Eng       617         24.38     4.39       758 v Ban at Dhaka 2003

19           M Mortaza          Ban        612          29.82     4.57       653 v Zim at Dhaka 2009

20           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         610*!    27.51     3.92       610 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2009

All-rounders

Rank         Player                   Team     Pts          HS Rating

1           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        453!       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009

2           Shane Watson      Aus         355!       355 v Ind at Guwahati 2009

3           Yuvraj Singh        Ind          337        356 v Aus at Delhi 2009

4           Jacques Kallis       SA           331        506 v WI at Bridgetown 2001

5=         Shahid Afridi        Pak         321        352 v Ken at Nairobi 2002

Jacob Oram          NZ          321        383 v WI at Queenstown 2008

*Indicates a provisional rating

For more information go to www.reliancemobileiccrankings.com.

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Sami-ul-Hasan

ICC – Communications Officer

Mobile: +971 50 452 8662

Email: sami.ulhasan@icc-cricket.com

ICC

PO Box 500 070

Dubai, UAE

www.icc-cricket.com