Australia regains number one position in ODI Championship

      Australia has regained top spot in the ICC ODI Championship after going 6-0 up with one match to play in the ODI series in England. Ricky Ponting's side beat the home team by 111 runs at Trent Bridge on Thursday and in the process has moved ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a ratings point. Australia needs to win the one remaining ODI in the series to stay top and thus head into the ICC Champions Trophy as the number-one-ranked one-day side in the world. An England win in the final ODI of the series would consign Australia back down to third place. As a result of Australia's rise, India drops to third position while England stays in seventh position, three ratings points behind New Zealand in sixth. The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 gets underway in South Africa on 22 September and with just a single ratings point separating Australia in first position from India in third place, it looks like a rankings battle is on the cards over the next couple of weeks.

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