New Delhi: England have toppled four-time former world champion Australia to take the number-one position in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship. Australia have lost its numero uno position for the first time since September 2009 while this is the first time England have topped the ODI Championship table.
Australia have slumped to fourth spot which is its lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002 as its exceptional record of 30 wins and eight defeats from 40 ODIs in 2009-10 is no longer considered after the update.
South Africa are second trailing just by one-sixth of a rating point, while world champion India are at third place – just one ratings point behind England.
This is the first time England have topped the ODI Championship table.
The annual rankings are carried out to reflect the current standing recent of the teams. The new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.
Below the top four, the ODI rankings remains unchanged though the difference between seventh-placed West Indies and eighth-ranked New Zealand has grown from six to 20 points, while ninth-placed Bangladesh is now only three points behind New Zealand.
In T20 ramkings, South Africa have dislodged England as the number-one ranked side on the Reliance ICC T20I Championship table after the annual update.
However, the number-one T20 ranking, like in the current Test and forthcoming ODI series, will be up for grabs when the reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion England and South Africa go head to head in a three-T20I series starting on 8 September in Chester-le-Street.
Currently, both the sides are separated by one ratings point.
Australia have plummeted from sixth position to ninth, as its outstanding results in early 2010 have now been removed, while West Indies has moved up from eighth to fifth after benefiting from the exclusion of its results from early 2010.
Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan are at number three, four and six respectively.