ODI rankings: SA climb to 2nd spot after India's loss
India's five-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup match in Mirpur helped South Africa secure the second position in the ICC ODI Championship table at the April 1 cut-off date.
The defeat on Friday resulted in the Indian team slipping from 118 ratings points to 116 ratings point. Now even victories against Pakistan on Sunday and then again on Thursday, if India manage to reach the final, will not be enough to them to overtake South Africa.AB de Villiers's side won a prize of $75,000 for this achievement. This is in addition to the $75,000 it won on Sunday after finishing second to England in the ICC Test Championship table.
Image: South Africa players celebrate winning the ODI series against New Zealand, in Auckland on March 3
Australia confirm No 1 status with win over Windies
Australia, meanwhile, won a cash award of $175,000 after confirming its status as the No 1 ranked ODI side following victory over the West Indies in the first ODI at Kingstown on Friday.
The 64-run triumph kept Shane Watson's side on 127 ratings points but more importantly this means they cannot drop behind second-ranked South Africa even if they lose the remaining four ODIs of the current series.
If Australia lose the remaining matches, they will finish on 120 ratings points -- one ahead of South Africa.Apart from winning the cash award, the four-time world champions also retained the prestigious ODI Championship shield for the third year running.
Image: Shane Watson
England continue to own Test mace
England retained the Test Championship mace and earned $175,000 when they secured the No 1 position after rain had the last laugh on the fifth and final day of the Dunedin Test between New Zealand and South Africa, which ended in a draw.South Africa had entered in the three-Test series against New Zealand, needing to win all the matches to leapfrog England. And though they may end up winning the last two Tests, it won't be enough to see them past Andrew Strauss's side before the cut-off date.
Image: England Test team