England Eye One-Day Reprieve

August 27, 2012 at 11:33 am Leave a comment


One of the advantages of having such a crowded cricket calendar is the fact that a side can move on quickly after a defeat, with another game always lurking around the corner.

For England, the five match one-day series with South Africa means they can restore some pride after their Test series loss.

The defeat meant the Proteas replaced them at the top of the ICC Test rankings, inflicting a defeat that will hurt deeply, given that this side have enjoyed such success in recent years.

However, their improvement in the one-day game – traditionally a weakness – should not be discounted either. After a Test series whitewash against Pakistan last winter, England went on to whitewash the same opponents in their one-day encounters.

Thanks to the great British weather, a 5-0 whitewash is not possible, with Saturday’s match in Cardiff succumbing to the rain.

However, England have actually climbed to the top of the one-day rankings, though they can once again be knocked off the perch by South Africa, who are behind them by just one sixth of a point.

Victory in Wales would have been good enough for South Africa to become the first country to hold the top spot in all formats of the game, a fact not lost on Michael Vaughan, pundit on Betfair.

One-day captain, Alastair Cook, is typically modest about his side’s rise, accepting that it is partly down to the peculiarity of the ratings system, much like why the England football team is ranked so highly.

“I don’t think we feel like No. 1,” he said. “It was something we were aiming for a bit later on. We’ve got such a long way to go.”

England fans can take some solace from the fact that the World Cup in Sri Lanka is still ahead of the side. View the T20 World Cup odds on Betfair for all the latest picks for the competition.

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