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England leapfrogged India to claim the top spot in the latest ICC ODI Team Rankings following the annual update, on Wednesday (May 2). England gained eight points and now have 125 points to their name. On the other hand, India lost one point and are placed second with 122 points.
England’s rise to the top of the rankings is mainly based on the fact that the 2014-15 season hasn’t been considered in the latest calculations, while the results from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are given a weightage of 50 percent.
England won just seven out of their 25 ODIs versus Full Members in the 2014-15 season.
However, since their dismal show in the 2015 World Cup, they have been on an upward curve, evidenced by the fact that they have won 11 out of the 14 bilateral ODI series they have participated in during that period and reached the semifinals of the Champions Trophy held in England last year. The European nation last scaled the summit of ODI rankings in 2013 as reported by Cricbuzz.
ICC ODI rankings: India slip to No 2 as England claim top spot
NEW DELHI: The England cricket team has claimed top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI teams for the first time since January 2013, displacing India from its perch in the latest reshuffling of the governing body’s annual updates.
Eoin Morgan’s team – whose white-ball cricket has been on the rise since a poor performance at the 2015 World Cup – has seen them gain eight points to move to 125 ratings points, while Virat Kohli’s Team India dropped a point to sit at second place with 122.
At third place are South Africa with 113 points, one more than fourth-ranked New Zealand. Australia remain at fifth place with 104 points, followed by Pakistan at sixth with 102.
India remain No 1 in Tests, having increased the gap over South Africa from four to 13 points on Tuesday according to The Times of India.
England rise to No.1 spot in the ICC ODI world rankings
The Week reports that Eoin Morgan’s side overtake India as the best team in one-day international cricket.
England are the new No.1 team in the International Cricket Council’s one-day international (ODI) world rankings.
Released by the ICC this morning, the annual update sees England move into top spot ahead of India.
Eoin Morgan’s England side had previously been No.1 in January 2013 but after a successful winter tour they gained eight points to reach 125 points, three ahead of India who are down by one point.
England’s winter tour saw them win ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. The Three Lions have now won all of their six most recent ODI series and nine out of their last ten under Morgan’s captaincy.
The ICC rankings see South Africa drop to third with New Zealand in fourth and Australia in fifth.
Next year England host the 2019 ICC World Cup and this summer’s fixture list includes one-day matches against Scotland, Australia and India.