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England, Ireland, Scotland and Sri Lanka launch World Cup preparations

Australia captain Michael ClarkeLahore: One month after the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, action in international cricket resumes this week, with One-Day International (ODI) cricket in focus.

Dublin will host two ODIs between 1996 world champion Sri Lanka and the giant-killer of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Ireland, on 6 and 8 May.

Then on 9 May in Aberdeen, three-time ICC Cricket World Cup finalist England will square-off against Scotland, which qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 earlier this year in New Zealand.

With just nine months to go before the start of the event, which runs between 14 February and 29 March, these three ODIs mean that the first phase of build-up for all sides has well and truly begun.

While England and Sri Lanka have more to lose, Ireland and Scotland have plenty to gain from their respective series.

Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 5 May before Ireland v Sri Lanka and Scotland v England)

 

Rank   Team              Rating

1          Australia         115

2          India               112

3          Sri Lanka        111

4          England          110

5          South Africa   109

6          Pakistan          100

7          New Zealand    98

8          West Indies      94

9          Bangladesh      73

10        Zimbabwe        61

11        Ireland             34

12        Afghanistan     34

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