New Zealand overtake England to top ICC ODI ranking

DUBAI: New Zealand has overtaken world champions England and moved to the top of the ICC Men’s ODI team rankings following the latest annual update.

This year’s update sees New Zealand jump two spots to first on the ladder, with England slipping from top spot down to fourth. Australia has also climbed two positions to second, with India sliding to third just ahead of England.

England’s drop in the rankings comes after a year in which they lost series to India and Australia, as well as an ODI against Ireland. As a result of the update, England’s five straight bilateral ODI series wins in 2017/18 have been discounted from the ratings.

The Black Caps have won 20 of their 30 completed ODIs in the past three years, claiming series wins over Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh in that time, as well as a runners-up finish in the World Cup 2019. West Indies have climbed to eighth from ninth, with Sri Lanka going the other way.

On the T20I side, England remains No.1 and have extended their lead over India to five points. New Zealand have moved up from fifth to third, swapping places with Australia.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 80 countries have played the requisite six T20Is to remain in the rankings. Five countries have lost their ranking as a result of the update: Gambia, Ghana, Hungary, Sierra Leone and Sweden. The Test rankings update will be carried out following the conclusion of the ongoing Pakistan vs Zimbabwe series.

There has been no change of places in either format for Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Africa. Afghanistan are tenth in ODIs and seventh in T20Is, Pakistan occupies the sixth spot in ODIs and fourth in T20Is while South Africa are placed fifth in ODIs and sixth in T20Is.


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