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Windies’ chance to secure direct qualification for the World Cup 2019

The 1975 and 1979 champion side has to beat Ireland in a one-off ODI and then defeat England 5-0 or 4-1 with wins in the last four matches to qualify ahead of Sri Lanka.

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West Indies. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The Windies side has an arduous task of trying to qualify direct for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as it braces for an upcoming one-off ODI against Ireland in Belfast on 13 September and a five-match ODI series against England from 19 to 29 September.

The Windies side is currently on 78 points in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, eight points behind eighth-placed Sri Lanka, whom it will need to overtake in order to qualify. The top seven ODI sides apart from host England as on 30 September qualify direct for ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event, which will take place from 30 May to 15 July 2019 in the United Kingdom.

The 1975 and 1979 champion side will have to beat Ireland and then also defeat England either 5-0 or by a 4-1 margin in which it wins the last four matches. In other words, losing any match other than the opening match against England at Old Trafford on 19 September will allow Sri Lanka a direct passage.

Teams not getting direct places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will get another shot through a Qualifying tournament.

The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 will feature the bottom four sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings, the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two sides from ICC World Cricket League Division 2. The top two sides from the World Cup Qualifier will complete the 10-team line-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

As for fourth-placed England, it will be able to gain a maximum of one point and reach 114 points, even if it wins the series 5-0. On the other hand, a 5-0 series loss will see it go down to fifth position and 106 points.

In the individual rankings, Joe Root is the leading England batsman in fourth position while Chris Woakes is the leading bowler at 11th place.

For the Windies, Marlon Samuels (43rd) and captain Jason Holder (20th) are the leading batsman and bowler, respectively.

Meanwhile, India hosts Australia for five ODIs from 17 September to 1 October, a series that gives both sides a chance to go atop the rankings table currently led by South Africa with 119 points.

India and Australia are both on 117 points with Australia ahead on decimal points. A win for either side by a margin of 4-1 or better will see it move to number one position.

India captain Virat Kohli is the number-one ranked batsman in the format with Rohit Sharma (ninth) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10th) also in the top-10. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel is ranked 10th among bowlers.

For Australia, opener David Warner is ranked second among batsmen while Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are ranked first and third among bowlers.

Upcoming ODIs:

Ireland v West Indies:

13 September: One-off ODI, Stormont, Belfast

England v West Indies:

19 September: 1st ODI, Old Trafford, Manchester

21 September: 2nd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

24 September: 3rd ODI, County Ground, Bristol

27 September: 4th ODI, Kennington Oval, London

29 September: 5th ODI, Rose Bowl, Southampton

India v Australia:

17 September: 1st ODI, Chennai

21 September: 2nd ODI, Kolkata

24 September – 3rd ODI, Indore

28 September – 4th ODI, Bengaluru

1 October – 5th ODI, Nagpur

ICC ODI Team Rankings

Team Matches Points Rating
South Africa 50 5957 119
Australia 47 5505 117
India 45 5266 117
England 50 5645 113
New Zealand 46 5123 111
Pakistan 41 3885 95
Bangladesh 31 2905 94
Sri Lanka 59 5088 86
West Indies 36 2824 78
Afghanistan 30 1618 54
Zimbabwe 41 2129 52
Ireland 25 1028 41

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