DUBAI - Australia will enter the World Cup next week on top of the world rankings following their convincing 112-run tri-series final victory over England in Perth on Sunday.

Australia’s victory means they currently hold a six-point advantage over second-placed India, who also featured in the series. India, the defending World Cup champions, are a point clear of South Africa. With a number of ODI series concluding in recent days, the second and final match between New Zealand and Pakistan is set to be played on Tuesday, with the Black Caps holding a 1-0 lead following their seven-wicket win in Wellington on Saturday.

A victory for sixth-placed New Zealand would see them reduce England’s lead to two points, while a win for seventh-placed Pakistan would level the series 1-1 and reduce the gap on the Black Caps to three points. The World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 until March 29.


Rank    Team    Pts

1    Australia    120

2    India    114

3    South Africa    113

4    Sri Lanka    109

5    England    104

6    New Zealand    101

7    Pakistan    96

8    West Indies    94

9    Bangladesh    75

10    Zimbabwe    53

11    Afghanistan    41

12    Ireland    34