NZ need series sweep to maintain ranking

Last updated 00:00 01/01/2009

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New Zealand require a 3-0 series clean sweep over Bangladesh to maintain their placing at No 3 in the world one-day cricket rankings.

New Zealand enter the series, starting in Auckland tomorrow, after suffering successive series defeats to South Africa and Australia.

They must now beat Bangladesh 3-0 to maintain their place in the International Cricket Council one-day championship standings.

Even if New Zealand win the series 2-1, they will slip behind India into fourth because that result will cost them three ratings points.

A series loss will send New Zealand sliding to seventh place behind India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and England.

If New Zealand suffer a 1-2 defeat, they will be left on 105 ratings points, just five points ahead of eighth-placed West Indies, while a 0-3 loss will cost them 10 ratings points.

In contrast, Bangladesh will lose only one ratings point if New Zealand win 3-0.

However, they will gain six ratings points if they win 2-1 and nine ratings points if they win all the three games.

Present rankings: Australia 130 ratings points 1, South Africa 124 2, New Zealand 112 3, India 110 4, Sri Lanka 108 5, Pakistan 107 6, England 107 7, West Indies 100 8, Bangladesh 48 9, Ireland 28 10, Zimbabwe 19 11, Kenya 0 12.

- NZPA

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