Maxwell fires into world's top 20 batsmen

Victorian among several Aussies to rocket up the rankings as Lehmann's side enters World Cup as top dogs

Glenn Maxwell's recent return to form has paid off handsomely in the updated ODI rankings, with the enigmatic allrounder jumping into 17th position among the world's best 50-over batsmen.

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Maxwell moved 19 places after his superb 95 in yesterday's Carlton ODI Tri-Series final, an innings that negotiated Australia out of control and into a position of dominance that they never relinquished. 

Maxwell saved Australia at the WACA with a superb 95  

Incumbent No.3 Steve Smith has also made a considerable leap on the same list, moving 16 places into 30th spot after his third ODI century - against England in Hobart - and scores of 37, 40 and 47 throughout the tri-series. 

Smith made a match-winning hundred in Hobart

Allrounder James Faulkner climbed 14 places into a career-high 21st position after his stunning unbeaten 50 from just 24 balls against England in the final, although the Tasmanian is currently awaiting an update on a side injury that resulted in him leaving the field.

Quick Single: Australia to wait on Faulkner injury

Faulkner exits the WACA with an injury scare 

Among the bowlers, Mitchell Starc's Player-of-the-Series effort has been rewarded with a shift of five places, up to No.7 in the world - making him the second-highest-ranked Australian bowler behind fellow left-arm quick Mitchell Johnson. 

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Following their unbeaten tri-series triumph, Australia will begin the ICC World Cup as the world's No.1 ODI team, having moved six points clear of India at the top of the tree. 

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