Proteas look for a clean sweep over Black caps to move closer to OZ

Dubai, Nov 24 (UNI) South Africa will look to have a clean sweep in the three match ODI series against New Zealand so as to lift themselves to just two points away from the leaders Australia in LG ICC ODI Championship table.

But similar result for the Black Caps will see Vettori's men take over second spot in the listing as they take on the proteas tomorrow. If they could do that then New Zealand would gain six rating points (giving it a total of 120) while dropping South Africa's haul by five (to 118).

Smith's team is currently five points behind Australia, while New Zealand, in third position, is a further nine points back. But if the Black Caps lose those three matches then Daniel Vettori's side will find itself slipping down to fourth place in the table with 109 points, with India taking over the position as the team closest to the top two in the ladder.

But it woudn't be that easy for Black caps as they will take the field without Shane Bond who sits second in the LG ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers and had to return home injured after breaking down during the first Test.

Ahead of the ODI series that begins tomorrow, the two teams will face each other in a Twenty20 international in Johannesburg.

New Zealand will take on South Africa at Durban tomorrow and will then head to Port Elizabeth before the the final encouter in Cape Town on December 2.


Story first published: Saturday, November 24, 2007, 16:05 [IST]
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