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India need 5-0 whitewash to regain No.1 rank in ODIs

The five-match one-day series between India and England will throw open the race to the number one team and MS Dhoni's men will have to inflict a whitewash on the visiting side to regain its numero uno status on ICC ODI championship table.

India can regain their number one ranking by winning all five matches of the series. England too will aim to carry its Test form into the ODI format and win its first series in India in 28 years, and cement its status as the number-one ranked side.

South Africa too can move to the top of table as they are playing New Zealand in a three-match series starting on 19 January in Paarl. However, the Proteas can only go top if it wins all three matches against New Zealand and India wins its series, but fails to complete a clean sweep. England currently leads South Africa by a fraction of a point, but will take an outright lead on the
championship table if it wins the series, irrespective of the results of the South Africa-New Zealand and Australia-Sri Lanka series (starting on Friday in Melbourne).
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