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On the eve of the CWC23, India and Australia pacers are tied at the top of the ODI rankings.

On the eve of the CWC23, India and Australia pacers are tied at the top of the ODI rankings.

A pair of fast bowlers will start the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India atop the ODI Bowling Rankings, while an Australia veteran moves into the top-10 of the Batting Rankings.

India in a hurry Mohammed Siraj and Australia’s right-handed pitcher The latest update on the eve of the format’s showpiece event sees Josh Hazlewood share top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings.

The two fast bowlers are tied on 669 ranking points after Siraj dropped 11 points in the third ODI of the recent series between India and Australia.

Siraj returned to the India lineup for the third ODI, but he paid the price in the rankings by allowing 68 runs in nine overs as Australia piled on 352/7 for a much-needed win.

Hazlewood’s ranking remained stable at 669 points after taking 2/42 in eight overs against India in the same ODI.

When India and Australia open their World Cup campaigns against each other on October 8, the pacers will have an opportunity to stake their claims for the top spot in the rankings.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman (third, 657 ranking points) and Rashid Khan (fourth, 655) of Afghanistan are the next best in the ODI bowling rankings.

Shaheen Afridi (632) moved up two spots to sixth among the leading ODI bowlers, swapping places with Mitchell Starc (628), who fell to eighth.

When Pakistan and Australia meet in the World Cup on October 20, the left-arm strike bowlers will face off in an enthralling match.

Mohammad Nabi (621) and Kuldeep Yadav (616) swapped places as well, with the Afghanistan off-spinner moving up one spot and into the top-10 ODI bowling rankings.

On the familiar spin-friendly decks of India, Kuldeep will have a chance to reclaim his top-10 ranking.

Following three consecutive fifties in India, Australia veteran David Warner is the big mover inside the top-10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Batting Rankings in the latest update.

Warner’s commanding form, which included 56 runs from 34 balls in the third ODI, has moved him up two places to equal-fourth with Harry Tector of Ireland on 729 ranking points.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam (857 ranking points) maintains his lead over Shubman Gill (839) and Rassie van der Dussen (743), while teammate Imam-ul-Haq (728) falls to fifth.

There has been no movement in the top-10 of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI All-rounder Rankings, with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan maintaining his lead with 349 ranking points over Nabi (302 ranking points).

But Glenn Maxwell looms large over both the all-rounder rankings and Australia’s World Cup hopes, having made an immediate impact upon his return from injury.

Maxwell reminded India of the threat he could pose in their World Cup opener, taking 4/40 in the third ODI, as he climbed ten places to 11th in the all-rounder rankings.

 

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