Australia after already having sealed the 5-match ODI series now have a brilliant oppurtunity to take the winning momentum ahead and clinch the no.1 rankings in ODI’s. Currently India are number 1 in ODI rankings at present after a successful outing Sri Lanka by beating them 5-0.
Australia after 4 matches, out of which they won 3 can slightly go ahead of India if they beat South Africa in Sydney tomorrow. Steve Smith, Australia’s champion player in this series has said that they aren’t going to take the fifth match lightly and are motivated to win it. It is an incentive provided for Australia and it is up for grabs.
“It adds a lot. We pride ourselves on that. We try to get to No.1 in every form of the game. To win in Sydney would be great and to take that No.1 mantle back would be outstanding.”
Smith added that Australia’s one-day form augurs well for the World Cup, especially given the quality of the opposition.
“South Africa are a very good line-up, To play the way we have and beat them 3-1, it’s been very satisfying for us. It will be perfect to finish it off with a 4-1 victory and take back that No.1 spot”
“It’s going to be nice playing the World Cup in our own backyard … hopefully, that (form) continues going into the World Cup.”