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Race for one-day top spot heats up

Race for one-day top spot heats up
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.

Australia will be keen to edge a point clear of India at the top of the ODI team rankings when they clash with England in the opening match at the SCG on Friday. It will be a dress rehearsal for the eagerly anticipated ICC World Cup 2015 opening match, which will see the same sides play each other in exactly 30 days’ time in Melbourne.

Following its 5-0 home series victory over Sri Lanka in November, reigning champion India will be bidding to gain further momentum and become only the third side in World Cup history to successfully defend its title after West Indies in 1975 and 1979 and Australia, who won the coveted prize three times in succession between 1999 and 2007.

Meanwhile, South Africa is bidding to lift the 50-over title for the first time after reaching the semi-finals when Australia and New Zealand last hosted WC in 1992. The Proteas will welcome West Indies to Durban on Friday in the first of a five-match ODI series, which will feature two of the world’s top three batsmen, South Africa’s AB de Villiers  (1st) and Hashim Amla (3rd). Virat Kohli is placed second. 
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