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Sep 3, 2009

India can top the ICC One-day rankings

A clean-sweep in the limited-over tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand will hurl India to the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings for the first time.

India will plays the tri-series in Sri Lanka later this week and if Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men can win all the matches then India will go on top of the table for the first time since the rankings were introduced in 2002.

Meanwhile, England, who knocked off Australia from the top in Tests, will have another chance to leapfrog their arch-rivals in the ODI ranking during the 7 match ODI series which begins at The Oval this Friday.

Andrew Strauss's men can exceed the visitors if they win 5-2 or better in the series, while for Ricky Ponting's side, it will also be an opportunity to reclaim the number-one position.

Aussies currently occupy the third place with 119 ratings points, one place ahead of England, who have eight points.

South Africa leads the ladder with 127 ratings points followed by India on 126. However, England can move ahead of Australia if it wins the series 7-0, 6-1 or 5-2.

If the hosts wins 7-0, it will move Australia to as low as seventh place, depending how the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka to be held from September 8-14 pans out.

A 5-2 series result in England's favour will put it on 118 ratings points and four ahead of Australia.

For Australia to regain the number-one spot not only they will have to win all the matches against England but will also need either New Zealand or Sri Lanka to beat India at least once in Colombo.

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