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India rise to third after England victories

Third-placed India have moved to within a fraction of a ratings point of South Africa in second position on the ICC ODI Championship table, following their 5-0 thrashing of England last month.

With the postponement of the final two ODIs in the series, India lost the chance to go second on the table but they nevertheless gained four ratings points and now sit on 119, the same number as South Africa but behind them when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

One more win for India would have put them into second position but it wasn't to be and they will now have to wait until their next series for the opportunity to make further inroads.

England, on the other hand, have suffered the effects of that comprehensive series defeat. Having themselves had a chance to go second in the table last summer, they are now down to sixth, having lost five ratings points. Sri Lanka, in sixth place, are only one point adrift after being Zimbabwe 5-0.

Despite being competitive in several of those games, Zimbabwe lost further ground to Ireland in 10th position and are now only two ratings points in front of Kenya in 12th.

Australia remain on top of the table and with Test cricket set to dominate the international schedule for the next few weeks, that situation is not likely to change any time soon

ICC ODI Championship

30 Nov 2008