New Zealand cricket team, under the leadership of Kane Williamson, face the prospect of slipping down the International Cricket Council (ICC) men’s ODI team rankings in their upcoming three-match home series against Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the three-match ODI series commences from January 3 (Thursday) at the Bay Oval.

New Zealand leap-frogged South Africa to the third position in the Test rankings only last week with a 1-0 series win over Sri Lanka. However, they could now see South Africa overtake them to third place in the ODI table if they did not win all three matches against Sri Lanka.

The Black Caps are currently at the third spot with 112 points. They will slip to 111 points if they win by a margin of 2-1 while a 3-0 win will lift them to 113 points. Sri Lanka will gain four points in the scenario of blanking the opposition but will remain 10 points adrift of seventh-placed Bangladesh even with such a huge verdict.

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In the ICC men’s ODI Player Rankings, New Zealand’s experienced batsman Ross Taylor is holding the third position and would be looking to bridge the gap with the leading India pair of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Captain Kane Williamson (10th) and Martin Guptill (14th) are the other two leading batsmen for New Zealand.

On the other hand, for Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella leads the chart in the 27th spot.  Nuwan Pradeep (48th) and captain Lasith Malinga (49th) will be the leading bowlers.

New Zealand will look to use this series to prepare themselves for the upcoming World Cup in England while Sri Lanka will look to regroup themselves as a team.