England overtakes India to top ICC ODI rankings

England, which last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013, has gained eight points and moved to 125 points.

England has overtaken India to seize the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

England has overtaken India to seize the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings following the annual update.

The 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent, which means England's dismal run of form in 2014-15, when it won just seven out of 25 ODIs and even crashed out of the World Cup at the group stages, had no bearing on the end result.

England, which last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013, has gained eight points and moved to 125 points. India, which was at the top before the update, has lost a solitary point and is in second place with a total of 122 points.

South Africa, which was second, has dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113, leaving it nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

The remaining places remain unchanged, meaning that the current top-10 ranked sides are the ones who will be playing in the 2019 World Cup. However, there have been some significant changes in points.

World champion Australia has lost eight points to go down to 104 in the fifth position and is only two points ahead of reigning Champions Trophy winner Pakistan, which has gained six points.

In other changes, Bangladesh (93 points) has gained three points, Sri Lanka (77) has lost seven points, West Indies (69) has lost five points, Afghanistan (63) has gained five points, Zimbabwe (55) has gained four points and 12th-placed Ireland (38) has lost three points.

In the T20I rankings led by Pakistan, there is no change in the top seven places but Afghanistan is now ahead of Sri Lanka in the eighth slot.

Pakistan (130) and Australia (126) remain in the first two positions without a change in their points total while India has gained two points to reach 123. New Zealand (116) is unchanged on points while England (115) has gained a solitary point.