Australia slips to 34-year low in ICC ODI rankings

The Kangaroos will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series against England to climb back above Pakistan to fifth.

The last time Australia found itself in the sixth position was way back in January 1984.   -  Getty Images

Australia slipped to a 34-year low, dropping to the sixth position on the ICC’s latest ODI rankings table after losing the opening two fixtures of the ongoing five-match rubber against England.

The Kangaroos will need to win at least one of the three remaining games in the series to climb back above Pakistan to fifth. According to cricket.com.au, the last time Australia found itself in the sixth position was way back in January 1984.

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It has been a swift fall for the defending world champion in the recent past. Less than two years ago, it was ranked No.1, heading into an away series against South Africa, where it was whitewashed 5-0.

Thereafter, the five-time world champion has lost 13 of its 15 completed ODIs, in which time it has lost three successive bilateral series — to New Zealand, India and England — and exited the Champions Trophy at the group stage.

England, India and South Africa currently occupy the top three spots in the ICC One-Day International rankings.