Bangalore, Aug 9: Four-time former world champions Australia have lost its number-one position on the ICC ODI Championship for the first time since September 2009 following an annual update which took place on Wednesday. India have slipped to third in ODIs.
Australia have fallen to fourth spot which is its lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002 as its outstanding record of 30 wins and eight defeats from 40 ODIs in 2009-10 does not reflect any longer after the update, an ICC media release stated on Wednesday evening.
Following this year's annual update, England has become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point, while world champions India are third - just one ratings point behind England. Australia trails England by nine ratings points.
The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the Championship tables continue to reflect recent form. As such, the new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.
This is the first time England has topped the ODI Championship table since it was launched in 2002. It is also the first time England can claim to be the top ODI team since January 1996, after the rankings are applied retrospectively.
Below the top four, the ODI rankings are unchanged. However, the gap 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.
ICC ODI Championship (as of 8 August, after the annual update and before the England Vs South Africa series)
1. England 121 rating points (+3)
2. South Africa 121 (+3)
3. India 120 (+1)
4. Australia 112 (-7)
5. Sri Lanka 108 (-2)
6. Pakistan 105 (+2)
7. West Indies 94 (+6)
8. New Zealand 74 (-8)
9. Bangladesh 71 (+4)
10. Zimbabwe 50 (+4)
11. Ireland 35 (-1)
12. Netherlands 16 (+1)
13. Kenya 11 (+3)
(Rankings table devised, developed and maintained by David Kendix, member of ICC Cricket Committee)
*Explanatory note: Every year, the tables are updated in order to keep them current and relevant, so changes occur as old results are removed from the reckoning.
This latest table reflects all ODI and T20I matches completed since August 2010 with results from the previous year having dropped off. Over the next 12 months, new results will be added to the table as they happen so that by July 2013 there will be three years of results taken into consideration.
This process is repeated each year, with the oldest of the three years of results removed to be replaced gradually with results of matches played over the following 12 months. This means that once a year the teams' ratings can change overnight without any new ODI matches being played.