The captain of the fourth-ranked Australian team, Aaron Finch, has set his eyes on becoming the number one T20I team in the world by replacing Pakistan at the top.
Australia is currently placed at 4th place with 262 points while Pakistan tops the table with 274 points. If Australia can clean sweep Sri Lanka and Pakistan, it can snatch the top spot from the Green Shirts.
The Finch-led side is currently 1-0 up against Sri Lanka in the 3-match series, and they will play a similar number of T20Is against Pakistan starting from 3rd November.
The Aussie skipper has also set his eyes on the T20I World Cup in 2020.
That’s the goal (to become world No.1). We’re No.5 at the moment in the world and that’s probably been a real reflection of where we’ve been for the last couple of years. There’s always times when you go through ups and downs as a side, but now we have a specific date in mind, which is the start of the World Cup.
Note: Australia were 5th-ranked before the start of the Sri Lanka series, however, the rankings are updated with every match, which is why they are at 4th after winning their first match against Malinga’s side.
If Pakistan loses the series 3-0, they will slide to 268 points to the second place, however, with other series like England vs New Zealand going on, it is hard to determine whether Babar Azam’s team will stay at the second spot or not. Meanwhile, 5th-ranked India will also be playing a T20I series against Bangladesh.
Even if Pakistan wins one of the matches, it will be able to retain its supremacy at the top of the table, however, Australia, England, and India will be threatening its top position.
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