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Windies Inches Up But Could Fall Flat On Its Back

West Indies have gained valuable points in the latest ICC One Day International rankings. This comes against a win each against world number one ranked Australia and number three ranked South Africa in the ongoing tri-series, the Caribbean side has gained five ranking points to move to 93.

Cricket BallThe calypso cricketers could potentially move up a place to 7th in the rankings if they win all their remaining matches in the tri-series.

In the meantime, a wet pitch due to rain which halted the action between South Africa and Australia in Barbados on Sunday means that the threesome competition ain’t over until the fat lady sings, which she must on Tuesday.

Should West Indies win their game on Tuesday, Australia will have to kiss the Caribbean shores goodbye. However, if the men from down under wins, they will enjoy a longer stay, awaiting the outcome of the game between West Indies and South Africa on Friday.

West Indies suffered a crushing defeat in their last outing against South Africa and will need their mittens intact going forward.

A South Africa’s two bonus points mean nothing in the shoot-out against West Indies, because the tri-series rules state that the number of wins takes precedence if teams are equal on points.

A West Indian win on Friday would put them level with South Africa on points, but with one more win.

West Indies, without being a Pollyanna, must be happy with the news that their off-spinner Sunil Narine has maintained his number one position in the ODI bowling rankings. Narine has already taken 8 wickets in the current tri-series games played by the Windies.

Moreover, the Caribbean side can take comfort in the fact that even with a loss against Australia on Tuesday; they will still have a chance to reach the final, given their additional game on Friday.

POINTS TABLE

Teams                P     W     L      Pts

South Africa      5     2      2      12

Australia            5     2      2      11

West Indies       4     2      2       8

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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