India has managed to retain its number one spot in the Reliance ICC ODI rankings after the last two 50-over games in the seven-match home series against Australia were washed out.

Australia leads the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bangalore on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Australia needs to win the series 6-1 or better to dislodge India from the top and reclaim the number one spot, which it last held in July 2012.

If Australia manages to win the final two ODIs, it will rise to 119 ratings points while India will finish on 120 ratings points.

In sharp contrast, if India wins both matches, it will finish on 123 ratings points while Australia will slide to 114 ratings points — only three ahead of second-placed England and third-ranked Sri Lanka, according to an ICC statement.

Among other teams, Pakistan has an opportunity to gain a place in the rankings if it wins its upcoming five-match series against South Africa by 3-2 or better.

Pakistan is currently sitting in sixth position, four ratings points behind South Africa. However, if Pakistan wins the series 3-2, the two sides will swap places, with the Asian side moving into fifth position on 103 ratings points and the Proteas dropping to sixth spot on 102 ratings points.

Conversely, South Africa will move to 107 ratings points if it wins the series 4-1 and will narrow the gap with England and Sri Lanka to just four ratings points. That gap will be trimmed to just one rating point if South Africa sweeps the series.


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