Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has climbed to first position in the LG ICC ODI bowling rankings with the highest rating of his career, while Adam Gilchrist has replaced Ricky Ponting at the top of the batting table.
Lee's success in the VB Series -- he is the leading wicket-taker with 15 wickets at 19.40 -- has seen him accumulate enough ranking points to overtake Glenn McGrath in the bowling standings and hold off a challenge from Shaun Pollock, who was the most economical bowler in the tri-series and has climbed to second position.
Gilchrist, meanwhile, has reclaimed the top batting spot after plundering 284 runs at a strike rate of 108.39. He is one of five Australian batsmen now in the top 10 along with Ponting (2nd), Andrew Symonds (7th), Mike Hussey (8th) and Michael Clarke (9th).
Hussey is the newest member of this quintet, joining the top echelons of the table after only 29 ODIs. He scored 259 runs in this series at an average of 64.75 to move up the list by 18 places.
It is a tremendous week for Hussey in which he was also named Australia's ODI player of the year.
Going into the final, Australia remain top of the LG ICC ODI Championship table while Sri Lanka are seventh. This is the same position that Sri Lanka occupied coming into the series but they have improved their rating by a point and success in the finals would see them climb to fifth.
Defeat in the final, however, will see Sri Lanka face the very real prospect of having to play in the preliminary round of this year's ICC Champions Trophy in India as if they are still seventh on April 1* then they will have to play in the preliminary round for the right to take part in the next round of the tournament.
In the finals Sri Lanka will be looking for important contributions with the bat from the rejuvenated Sanath Jayasuriya whose 262 runs have lifted him back into the top 20 (14th) and Kumar Sangakkara, up four places to 4th.
South Africa's series ended in disappointment and they have slipped to third in the LG ICC ODI Championship table. Captain Graeme Smith has retained third spot in the batting rankings despite his poor run of form but he is one of only two South Africans in the top twenty.
Boeta Dippenaar has climbed 15 places over the course of the series to 16th but Herschelle Gibbs has slipped five places to 22nd and Jacques Kallis is down 11 to 24th.
The updated rankings also include the first match of Pakistan's home series against India. Salman Butt's century lifted him into the top 50 (up 7 places to 47th) for the first time while Irfan Pathan's batting display boosted him into the top five ODI all-rounders.
Full details of the current LG ICC ODI Championship and how future results will impact on the table, as well as the LG ICC Player Rankings can be found at:
* India, as hosts, will automatically qualify for the second stage of next year's ICC Champions Trophy even if they are outside the top six of the LG ICC ODI Championship table on 1 April 2006. If they are outside that top six then the sixth-placed side in the table will take part in the preliminary round.LG ICC ODI Championship after group matches in Australian triangular series
LG ICC Player Rankings after group matches in Australian triangular series
|1||+1||Adam Gilchrist||AUS||797||820 vs Sri Lanka, Dambulla 2004|
|2||-1||Ricky Ponting||AUS||784||803 vs South Africa, Sydney 2002|
|3||Graeme Smith||SA||729||784 vs India, Kolkata 2005|
|4||+4||Kumar Sangakkara||SL||721||733 vs Australia, Sydney 2006|
|5||Mohammad Yousuf||PAK||718||777 vs South Africa, Rawalpindi 2003|
|5||+1||Chris Gayle||WI||718||804 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2003|
|7||-3||Andrew Symonds||AUS||717||740 vs Sri Lanka, Melbourne 2006|
|8||+18||Mike Hussey||AUS||712||712 vs South Africa, Sydney 2006|
|9||Michael Clarke||AUS||702||734 vs England, Bristol 2005|
|10||-3||Inzamam-ul-Haq||PAK||701||801 vs New Zealand, Wellington 1995|
|11||Marvan Atapattu||SL||696||739 vs Zimbabwe, East London 2003|
|11||-1||Rahul Dravid||IND||696||728 vs West Indies, Dambulla 2005|
|11||+1||Andrew Flintoff||ENG||696||749 vs Sri Lanka, The Rose Bowl 2004|
|14||+11||Sanath Jayasuriya||SL||693||838 vs Bangladesh, Pietermaritzburg 2003|
|14||Kevin Pietersen||ENG||693||704 vs Pakistan, Lahore 2005|
|16||+15||Boeta Dippenaar||SA||691||718 vs Sri Lanka, Perth 2006|
|17||+4||Mahendra Dhoni||IND||689||689 vs Pakistan, Peshawar 2006|
|18||-3||Ramnaresh Sarwan||WI||688||765 vs South Africa, Kingston 2005|
|19||Damien Martyn||AUS||684||696 vs England, Adelaide 2003|
|19||-3||Marcus Trescothick||ENG||684||798 vs South Africa, The Oval 2003|
|21||-1||Sachin Tendulkar||IND||682||887 vs Zimbabwe, Sharjah 1998|
|1||+1||Brett Lee||AUS||846||853 vs South Africa, Melbourne 2006|
|2||+1||Shaun Pollock||SA||838||903 vs West Indies, Centurion 2004|
|3||-2||Glenn McGrath||AUS||799||903 vs South Africa, Bloemfontein 2002|
|4||+1||Naved-ul-Hasan||PAK||743||743 vs India, Peshawar 2006|
|5||-1||Muttiah Muralitharan||SL||737||913 vs New Zealand, Sharjah 2002|
|6||Chaminda Vaas||SL||716||861 vs South Africa, Colombo (RPS) 2004|
|7||Daniel Vettori||NZ||709||745 vs Sri Lanka, Queenstown 2005|
|8||+2||Shane Bond||NZ||692||711 vs Pakistan, Dambulla 2003|
|9||-1||Irfan Pathan||IND||688||701 vs Zimbabwe, Harare 2005|
|10||+1||Harbhajan Singh||IND||681||735 vs West Indies, Bridgetown 2002|
|11||+1||Steve Harmison||ENG||676||728 vs Australia, Leeds 2005|
|12||-3||Makhaya Ntini||SA||669||782 vs West Indies, Cape Town 2004|
|13||+1||Andrew Flintoff||ENG||650||755 vs Bangladesh, Dhaka 2003|
|14||+1||Kyle Mills||NZ||645||651 vs Sri Lanka, Christchurch 2006|
|15||-2||Jason Gillespie||AUS||635||823 vs Pakistan, Lord's 2004|
|16||+1||Jacob Oram||NZ||634||766 vs Australia, The Oval 2004|
|17||+4||Bradley Hogg||AUS||619||651 vs Pakistan, Hobart 2005|
|18||+18||Andrew Hall||SA||613||618 vs Sri Lanka, Adelaide 2006|
|19||-3||Andre Nel||SA||612||637 vs India, Mumbai 2005|
|20||-2||Darren Gough||ENG||611||767 vs South Africa, Johannesburg 2000|
|20||-2||Ian Bradshaw||WI||611||631 vs Pakistan, Kingstown 2005|
|22||-1||Ajit Agarkar||IND||608||640 vs Sri Lanka, Pune 1999|
|1||-||Andrew Flintoff||Eng||452||544 v SL at The Rose Bowl 2004|
|2||-||Shaun Pollock||SA||414||457 v Pak at Cape Town 1998|
|3||-1||Andrew Symonds||Aus||384||392 v NZ at Wellington 2005|
|4||-||Shoaib Malik||Pak||365||403 v WI at Brisbane 2005|
|5||+1||Irfan Pathan||Ind||350||350 v Pak at Peshawar 2006|