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Australia continue to dominate
29 Jul 2005
By: Richard Twyman

Australia continues to lead the pack as the LG ICC ODI Championship table, after the rankings underwent their annual update.

Australia's ranking remains unchanged on 136 points but second-placed Sri Lanka have gain three points, reducing the lead to 16 points.

Pakistan are the major benefactors from the annual update, climbing from fifth to third after a poor 12 months in 2002-03 which now no longer counts towards Pakistan's total.

This is enough to put Pakistan narrowly ahead of New Zealand when the ratings are recalculated to three decimal places. New Zealand's rating is unchanged but if they were to win their next ODI it will jump them above Pakistan into a top three position again.

LG ICC ODI Championship Table:

Position Team Rating
1 (1) Australia 136 (136)
2 (2) Sri Lanka 120 (117)
3 (5) Pakistan 116 (112)
4 (3) New Zealand 116 (116)
5 (4) South Africa 111 (112)
6 (6) England 109 (108)
7 (7) India 95 (97)
8 (8) West Indies 91 (95)
9 (9) Zimbabwe 46 (50)
10 (11) Bangladesh 15 (12)

Note: Previous in brackets and Kenya has not been accorded a ranking as they have only played two ODI matches since August 2003.

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