New Zealand top-ranked ODI side after annual update to ICC Men’s Team Rankings


New Zealand replaced defending world champions England as the top ranked team in the ODI table, but England consolidated their position at the top of the T20I table after the annual update on Monday.

These updates eliminate the 2017-18 results and halve the weighting of matches played in 2019-20, which includes the 2019 World Cup.

New Zealand, who beat Bangladesh 3-0 in their only ODI series in the past year, have advanced two places in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings after earning three points to reach a total of 121. Australia are second at 118 points while India and England are both in 115, the first leading by decimal point.

England’s fall to fourth position comes in the second annual update since winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at Lord’s in the summer of 2019. Over the past 12 months, she has also suffered 2-1 defeats against Australia and India. as ODI lost to Ireland.

The latest update, which assesses all matches played since May 2020 at 100% and those of the previous two years at 50%, sees Australia climb two places from fourth to second and India drop by one. place in the third. The West Indies overtook Sri Lanka in ninth position.

The Netherlands have been allowed to retain their ranking although they have only played four ODIs in the new ranking period as their scheduled matches have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

England remain the top team in the MRF Tires ICC T20I men’s team standings, extending their lead over India to five points. During that span, they drew in a three-game streak against Pakistan 1-1, defeating Australia 2-1 and South Africa 3-0 before losing an away streak to England. India by a 3-2 lead.

New Zealand also won in the annual T20I update, dropping from fifth to third place after series victories over the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. Australia dropped from third to fifth place.

In other movements at the top of the T20I rankings, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh each gained one place to reach eighth and ninth positions respectively, while the West Indies fell two places to 10th.

There was no change of venue in the two formats for Afghanistan, Pakistan or South Africa. Afghanistan is tenth for ODIs and seventh for T20Is, Pakistan is sixth for ODIs and fourth for T20Is while South Africa is fifth for ODIs and sixth for T20Is.

Despite the pandemic, 80 countries have played the required six T20Is over the past three years to stay in the rankings. Five countries lost their rankings after the update: The Gambia, Ghana, Hungary, Sierra Leone and Sweden.

The annual test ranking update will be done after the conclusion of the ongoing Pakistan v Zimbabwe series.



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