Australia and India will have the chance to put daylight between one another at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings, when they compete alongside England in a tri-series, which starts in Sydney on Friday.
New Zealand`s eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first test of their two-match series has given them an opportunity to start next year as they did this, with a series triumph over a higher-ranked opponent.
South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn and batsman Hashim Amla have revealed that they are not focused on the Test rankings, post their recent innings and 220-run win over a beleaguered West Indies team in Centurion on Saturday.
India might be lagging way behind Australia in the Test rankings but the current World Cup holders are just 0.2 points behind the top-of-the-table Kangaroos in the ODI chart, according to the latest ICC release.
Availability of Australian skipper Michael Clarke for the opening Test against India at Brisbane is still in doubt. And now a quadriceps injury of in-form batsman Steven Smith, has also forced him to withdraw his name from this week's Sheffield Shield round.
South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.
Hundreds in both innings during Pakistan's win over Australia in the first Test helped former captain Younus Khan jump four places to seventh while Aussie opener David Warner moved up to a career-high fourth position in the latest ICC batting and bowling rankings released here Monday.