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Aussies' No.1 ODI ranking on the line

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Australia relinquished the No.1 Test ranking earlier this year, now Steve Smith's side are at risk of surrendering their one-day crown.

A five-Test losing streak was ended at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, recording a dead-rubber win over South Africa in the day-night clash.

World champions Australia will be seeking to end a similar slump in the coloured clothing on Sunday, when they face third-ranked New Zealand in the first one-day international in Sydney.

After dropping all fives games in last month's one-day series in South Africa, Australia are on the cusp of slipping off the ODI summit.

The second-ranked Proteas will claim the No.1 ODI ranking if Australia are beaten 3-0 by New Zealand, with the trans-Tasman rivals left to share second spot.

A 2-1 series loss would still keep Australia in top spot.

New Zealand will drop to fourth behind India if they lose the series, either 3-0 or 2-1.

The Black Caps host Bangladesh in an ODI series in late December, giving them a platform to rise further up the rankings.

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