Australia slides down to 6th rank in ICC ODI team rankings
Tim Paine is currently leading the side after Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal.
Updated - Jun 18, 2018 3:27 pm
The One-Day International team of Australia is going through one of toughest phases in this decade. The absence of David Warner and Steve Smith is being felt in the batting line-up as they are struggling to put the runs on the board. Not that they were winning with them as well but there was some assurance in the top order, to say the least. They have now slid to the sixth position after losing the first couple of matches against England in the ongoing five-match series.
Tim Paine is currently leading the side after Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal. They are even missing their gun bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on this tour who are nursing injuries after a draining Test series in South Africa.
This tour of England was always going to be tough for them and their new coach Justin Langer but nevertheless they have fought with the never give up attitude and would be hoping to turn things around soon.
Who went above Australia?
Pakistan have benefitted the loss of Australia as they have trumped them by decimals in the latest ICC ODI rankings. Both the teams have 102 rating points but the Men in Green are ahead not by much and have claimed the fifth position. However, the Aussies will have to win at least one game in the remainder to regain their position as they will finish with 103 points even if they lose the series by the margin of 4-1.
If they manage to turnaround the tour dramatically and win the series by 3-2, then Australia will stay at number 5 but the difference between them and New Zealand will become less. Also, England will lose their top position in this case and India will take over them as the number 1 ODI team. In any scenario, South Africa and the Kiwis remain unmoved and will retain their number 3 and 4 positions respectively.
Here are the latest ICC ODI rankings: