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India eye top ODI spot in series against England

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

can reclaim the top spot in the International Council ODI rankings if it blanks England 3-0 in the three-match series beginning on July 12.

England and India, currently ranked first and second respectively, play the first match of their upcoming series in on Thursday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One-Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents.

India, who had beaten England 2-1 in the Twenty20 International series, had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on May 2 but it will get a chance to claim back the spot.

But for that, they will have to blank their opponents 3-0. England, on the other hand, will run up a lead of 10 points at the top of the table if they win by the same margin, the ICC said in a release.

The possibility of a change at the top though is not the only matter of interest in upcoming matches since seven of the 10 teams playing in the ICC World Cup 2019 will be on view during this period until August 12.

Apart from the England-series ending on July 17, will host for five matches from July 13 to 22, the will play three at home versus from July 22 to 28, will host for five matches from July 29 to August 12 and the play two at home against

Fifth-placed will have to win the series against by a margin of 4-1 in order to ensure they do not slip behind sixth-placed Australia, while 10th-ranked will have to pull off a 4-1 win over in order to leapfrog and move up one spot in the rankings table.

Similarly, third-ranked face the challenge of blanking 5-0 in an away series to ensure they do not slip behind even as mid-table sides (seventh), (eighth) and the (ninth) will be vying for important points during this period.

will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the on August 1 and 3 while the will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC World in

gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it earlier by winning

The individual players will be hoping to make impressive entries in the Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on August 13 after 18 matches.

leads the rankings for batsmen with a career-high rating of 909 points, a good 96 points ahead of Pakistan's Babar Azam, who will be hoping to get back into the groove after missing the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe due to

Fourth-ranked of India will be looking to continue his T20I form in the ODIs, sixth-ranked of England has a good chance of overtaking Ross Taylor, while the pair of and as well as India's left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan are the other players likely to be seen in action.

In the bowlers' list, top-ranked Jasprit Bumrah's finger injury, due to which he will miss the series, gives others a chance to close the gap, and third-ranked of Pakistan would be eyeing a return to the top spot.

Leg-spinners of England and Yuzvendra Chahal of India are other top 10 players who will be seen in upcoming matches.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:30 IST