Dubai, Aug 9(ANI): Sri Lanka will become the number-one ranked ODI side for the first time if it beats Australia by 4-1 or better in the five-match series, which begins at Kandy from Wednesday.
Australia, which has been holding the top spot since September 2009, currently sits on 130 ratings points and leads second-placed Sri Lanka by 12 ratings points.
However, Sri Lanka will take a lead of one ratings point if it wins the series 4-1 while it will move eight points clear of Australia if it wins all the five matches of the series.
A 4-1 series win will put Sri Lanka on 125 ratings points, relegating Australia to 124 ratings points, while a 5-0 win will earn Sri Lanka 11 ratings points which will put it on 129 ratings points while dropping Australia to 121 which will concede nine ratings points for its failure to win a single match.
On the other side of the coin, Sri Lanka will drop behind South Africa into fourth position if Australia wins by 4-1 or better.
While a 4-1 series win will lift Michael Clarke's side to 133 ratings points, Tillakaratne Dilshan's side will slip to 115 ratings points - one behind South Africa - whereas a 5-0 win for Australia will put it on 136 ratings points as compared to Sri Lanka's 112. (ANI)