Williamson-led New Zealand become the number one ranked ODI team

Despite the pandemic, 80 countries have played the requisite six T20Is over the past three years to remain in the rankings

New Zealand has replaced reigning World Champions England as the number one ranked side in the ODI rankings but England has consolidated its position at the top of the T20I table after the annual update carried out on Monday.

These updates eliminate results from 2017-18 and half the weighting of matches played in 2019-20 which includes the 2019 World Cup. New Zealand, who defeated Bangladesh 3-0 in their only ODI series during the past year, have advanced two slots in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after gaining three rating points to reach an aggregate of 121. Australia is second with 118 points while India and England are both on 115, the former ahead on decimal points.
England’s slip down to the fourth position comes in the second annual update since they won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s in the summer of 2019. In the past 12 months, they have suffered 2-1 series losses to Australia and India, as well as an ODI loss to Ireland.

The latest update, which rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 percent and those of the previous two years at 50 percent, sees Australia move up two places from fourth to second and India drop one place to third. The West Indies have overtaken Sri Lanka to the ninth position.

The Netherlands has been allowed to retain its ranking despite only having played four ODIs during the new rating period since their scheduled fixtures were postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

England remains the top-ranked side in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, extending their lead over India to five points. During this period, they drew a three-match series against Pakistan 1-1, defeated Australia 2-1, and South Africa 3-0 before losing an away series to India by a 3-2 margin.

New Zealand has also gained in the annual T20I update, moving up from fifth to third after series wins over the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh. Australia has moved the other way, down from third to fifth.

Despite the pandemic, 80 countries have played the requisite six T20Is over the past three years to remain in the rankings. Five countries have lost their ranking after the update — Gambia, Ghana, Hungary, Sierra Leone, and Sweden.
The annual update to the Test rankings will be carried out following the conclusion of ongoing Pakistan versus Zimbabwe series.

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