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Nic Ladds 31st Jan 2009 - 20:16

Damp Aussies to reclaim No. 1 ODI position?

Since the likes of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist & Matthew Hayden have departed from the ODI lineup, Australia have lost their shine, they're chirp and their winning ways.

They are certainly a less exciting team to watch these days as the calibre (and reputation) of the players departed used to make the Aussie side exciting to watch, as even the lesser Cricket spirited followers couldn't fail to give Warne's run-up a second glance to see if the legend could "turn" the ball - into a wicket.

Australia's recent performance has seen the side drop to second in the rankings of One Day International teams (see table below) - to the victorious South Africans.

That may only be for a short period of time though as the Ricky Ponting's Aussies have the opportunity to reclaim the number one spot as their five-match ODI series against New Zealand begins on Sunday at Perth.

The Australians are still rightly favourites for the Perth match at 4/7 in the betting, but those looking for the shock tourist victory may fancy some 2/1.

Elsewhere in the betting, we have a wide range and variety of markets covering the first test where you can find our Top Batsmen betting.

Certain names to look out for are Australia's Mike Hussey, who scored 78 against South Africa in their final ODI at Perth. He can be backed for Top Bat at 11/8, with Haddin who claimed 63 runs at Perth, 5/1 for top figures.

Twenty20 batting star, Brendon McCullum is priced at 7/2 for top South African figures - second favourite in the team's betting to 10/3 priced, Ross Taylor.

Perhaps the first One Day International won't see a century? 4/6 says we won't - (against the 11/10 for the 100 total to be exceeded).

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Current ODI Rankings
Team Matches Points Rating
South Africa 34 4245 125
Australia 33 4113 125
India 42 5022 120
New Zealand 27 3041 113
Pakistan 31 3446 111
England 32 3469 108
Sri Lanka 39 4125 106
West Indies 27 2463 91
Bangladesh 38 1731 46
Zimbabwe 29 585 20
Ireland 10 190 19
Kenya 9 11 1










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