Australia retain No.1 spot in ODI rankings after annual update


Australia have retained their No. 1 spot in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, which has dropped results for the 2019-20 season following the annual update and reflects all matches completed since May 2020.

With 118 rating points, Australia are two points away from second-placed Pakistan after the update, which sees matches completed at 50% before May 2022 and 100% after. Earlier this month, following a similar update to the Test rankings, Australia had lost its No. 1 spot in red-ball cricket to India,

Pakistan regained the top ODI spot last week after taking a 4-0 lead during the five-match home series against New Zealand. But their stay proved to be short as they lost the final match and went down to Australia. Had Pakistan won the series 5–0, they would have remained on top of the table even after the annual update.

India, which are No. 1 in both Tests and T20Is3 in ODIs, only one rating point separates them and Pakistan.

India are followed by New Zealand and England, who lost four and ten points respectively after the update.

Afghanistan was the biggest beneficiary. They are now in eighth place, surpassing Sri Lanka and West Indies. South Africa and Bangladesh are at number six and seven respectively. The top eight are the teams that have directly qualified for this year’s ODI World Cup to be held in India.

The women’s annual team rankings will be updated in early October.

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