The number one team in the world an one of the most destructive teams in ODI history. With two of the eight highest scores in the history of the format in the last twelve months and the two highest scores in history in the last three years, they are deserved favourites.
LAST FIVE: NR W W W W
NEXT FIVE: SA, PAK, BANG, WI, AFG.
2. SOUTH AFRICA
The number three ranked team in the world, the Proteas have done little wrong over the last twelve months with victories in their last five series. The most recent victory a 5-0 home result over Sri Lanka. Which makes for a mouth watering competition opener against England.
LAST FIVE: W W W W W
NEXT FIVE: ENG, BANG, IND, WI, AFG.
Have the Aussies timed their run to perfection? Even as late as two matches in to their most recent series against India, they looked likely to be also rans in this competition but since they have been an entirely different outfit. Eight straight ODI victories and two warm up victories, including one over England, has the Australians looming as a strong chance to defend their title.
LAST FIVE: W W W W W
NEXT FIVE: AFG, WI, IND, PAK, SL.
Having won 10 of 11 series, India looked set to make it 11 from 12 when they led Australia 2-0 in their most recent series. At this point, and with Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni among their number they had serious claims to top spot in our Power Rankings. Yet, in surrendering this series by losing the last three games raises questions. That said, they remain a genuine threat.
LAST FIVE: W W L L L
NEXT FIVE: SA, AUS, NZ, PAK, AFG
5. NEW ZEALAND
Four wins from their last seven series might not appear impressive but, when the period includes a drawn series in the UAE, and losses only to England and India, the Blackcaps performances are better understood. Momentum could take them a long way, given they open the tournament with three games they will be expected to win.
LAST FIVE: W L W W W
NEXT FIVE: SL, BANG, AFG, IND, SA
The Tigers enter the tournament in some form with a Tri-Series triumph over Ireland and the West Indies, one of three series wins from their last four attempts.
LAST FIVE: W NR W W W
NEXT FIVE: SA, NZ, ENG, SL, WI
7. WEST INDIES
The T20 World Champions have the fire power necessary to win the tournament, as they showed with their score of 421 against New Zealand in the World Cup warm ups, but their form has not matched their potential.
LAST FIVE: W L W L L
NEXT FIVE: PAK, AUS, SA, ENG, BANG
Having lost nine of their last ODI’s and without a series victory from their last five attempts, eighth might be a fraction kind to Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men.
LAST FIVE: NR L L L L
NEXT FIVE: WI, ENG, SL, AUS, IND.
Without series defeat in their last three attempts, Afghanistan will enter the tournament full of confidence. They will welcome the opportunity to test themselves against the world’s best.
LAST FIVE: L NR W L W
NEXT FIVE: AUS, SL, NZ, SA, ENG.
10. SRI LANKA
Having lost 16 of their last 19 ODI’s against top tier opposition, Sri Lanka are travelling as badly as any team in recent memory.
LAST FIVE: L L L NR W