The latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings have placed Pakistan at number five in one-day international rankings, one spot better than before.
Pakistan are now ranked above Australia, who are now ranked 6th. This is the first time in last 34 years that Australia has fallen below 5th position in limited over cricket.
England, who are ranked number 1, delivered a huge blow to Australia in their ODI series and as a result the Aussies have slipped.
In order for Pakistan to retain their no. 5 spot, Australia will need to continue under performing in the series. If the Aussies win at least one of the three remaining fixtures, Pakistan will slip down.
Pakistan has a rating of 102, same as Australia whereas the Greens have less points. This is not an ideal situation for Pakistan as the rankings will change after Australia wins one ODI game.
However, Pakistan face Australia in a tri-series and if Pakistan perform better and beat the Aussies head-to-head then there is a great possibility that Sarfraz and co. can maintain the 5th position for longer.
Australia’s performances in ODI have been nothing short of shocking as the team has faced 13 losses in their last 15 matches.