India retains No. 1 Test ranking, England top in ODIs

India and England have maintained their top ranking in Test and ODI formats while Papua New Guinea became the latest entrant in the ODI rankings.

India, led by Virat Kohli, has maintained its top position in the Test rankings.   -  Getty Images

India retained its top position in the ICC Test rankings, while England remained the No.1 ODI side in the latest annual updated rankings on Thursday. India also moved two points in second position in the ODI rankings behind England.

The results from 2015-16 season were purged and outcomes from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 were weighted at 50 per cent. This resulted in New Zealand gain three points in the Test rankings to move two points behind India, which had the 3-0 home series against South Africa and the 2-1 win in Sri Lanka purged.

Australia has been overtaken by perennial rival England at fourth, after six points from its 2015-16 season gained through four series wins were removed. Eighth-ranked West Indies closed the gap between seventh-placed Pakistan to two points.

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In ODIs, England's has to beat Ireland in the only ODI on Friday and then beat Pakistan 3-2 in the home series to go into the World Cup as the No.1 ranked team. South Africa has moved to third overtaking New Zealand while West Indies rose to seventh place pushing Sri Lanka to eighth.

Netherlands which has gained ODI status, will join the rankings after playing two more ODIs while Namibia, Oman and USA are most likely to find a place in the rankings once the World Cricket League Division 2 ends. Papua New Guinea has joined the rankings at 16th after playing the requisite number of ODIs.


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