Cricket World Cup will decide kings of the 50-over game
HARARE: Next year´s Cricket World Cup will decide the kings of the 50-over game whatever happens your past race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then, reported on Australia captain Michael Clarke. Australia top the rankings going into Sunday´s triangular series match against Zimbabwe in Harare but, simply by results, could be overhauled this week by India or South Africa, who they face on Tuesday. Clarke believes that the definitive ruling on good one-day side will not come until Australia and New Zealand host the globe Cup from Feb. 14-March 29 in the coming year.
“Whoever wins that tournament tend to be seen as the number one one-day team in the world,” Clarke told the Cricket Australia website in Zimbabwe. “That´s the way I´ve always looked at one-day standings. I guess you love being number one in any form of the game but it… you get a great indicator that the number one team in the ominous landscape in a few time playing in your global Cup. “That´s what dictates it.” Australia, who won the World Cup in 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007, recently lost their brief grip on the leading test ranking to the Proteas. South Africa´s best showing at the world Cup would be a semi-final appearance in the 1999 tournament, when they bowed out despite a tied last four match against the Australians because of their inferior run rate planet Super Six stage.