Sri Lanka would like to use its upcoming ODI series against South Africa as a stepping stone towards the number one spot in the world rankings, ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that securing the top spot in the three-match series against South Africa is at the back of their mind. However, Mathews added that the Sri Lankan squad just wants to take it game by game, series by series and play positive cricket.

Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and two Test matches against South Africa, with the first ODI to be played on Sunday in Colombo. Sri Lanka is presently third in the ODI rankings, while South Africa is fifth, with Australia being the top-ranked country.

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