England confirmed as Trophy qualifiers

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England have been confirmed as qualifiers for the second stage of October’s ICC Champions Trophy in India.

Only sides in the top six of the LG ICC ODI Championship table on April 1 automatically reach that stage.

England secured at least sixth on that date thanks to Sri Lanka’s four-wicket loss to Pakistan in Colombo.

The result in Colombo dropped seventh-placed Sri Lanka to 105 rating points and it means that even if England lose their two ODI matches against India before the cut-off date they cannot drop out of the top six.

If that scenario happened, England would slip to 105 rating points but would still retain sixth place when the ratings were recalculated to three decimal places.

Nine of the ten teams taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy have been decided and only one place, between Bangladesh and Kenya, remains up for grabs.

Bangladesh are currently in tenth place in the LG ICC ODI Championship table and will retain that position if they win their ongoing four-match series against the Kenyans by two clear matches. They are already 2-0 up so are well placed to do just that.

The schedule for remaining matches of the Bangladesh – Kenya ODI series is as follows:

March 23– third ODI, Fatullah
March 25 – fourth ODI, Fatullah

Pakistan are another side with a double cause to celebrate after their success in Sri Lanka.

Their win on Wednesday has not only secured them the ODI series 2-0 but also confirmed a two-place jump up the table to third after they started the series in fifth spot.

Pakistan have gone ahead of both New Zealand and India and are now just five rating points behind second-placed South Africa.

They were in third place at start of this year but dropped down the LG ICC ODI Championship table thanks to a 4-1 series loss to India last month.

World Champions Australia lead the ODI table by 13 points.

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