March 4 (CRICKETNMORE) - South Africa has retained their top ranking after completing a 3-2 series win over New Zealand on Saturday.
South Africa remained on its pre-series tally of 119 points, one point ahead of Australia. New Zealand too remained at 113 points in third position, with India fourth at 112 points.
South Africa had to win Saturdays final match of the series against New Zealand to retain the top spot. Had South Africa lost the match and the series, it would have been edged by Australia on decimal points with both teams on 118 points in such a scenario.
South Africa had regained the top ranking last month after its 5-0 win over Sri Lanka even as Australia had lost 2-0 against New Zealand.
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ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 4 March, after New Zealand-South Africa ODI series)
1 South Africa 119
2 Australia 118
3 New Zealand 113
4 India 112
5 England 107
6 Sri Lanka 98
7 Bangladesh 91
8 Pakistan 89
9 West Indies 86
10 Afghanistan 53
11 Zimbabwe 48
12 Ireland 42
With Inputs from ICC Media Release