New Zealand climbs to top of ODI team rankings in annual update

New Zealand climbed to top of the ICC Men’s ODI team rankings in the latest annual update carried out on Monday.

‘At the start of May each year, the rating period is recalibrated so only results from the past three years are taken into consideration,’ the ICC said in a statement.

In this year’s update, New Zealand jumped two spots to first on the ladder, with England slipping from top spot down to fourth.

Australia also climbed two positions to second, with India sliding to third, just ahead of England by decimal points.

England’s drop in the rankings comes after a year in which they lost series to India and Australia, as well as an ODI against Ireland. As a result of the update, England’s five straight bilateral ODI series wins in 2017/18 have been discounted from the ratings.

The Black Caps have won 20 of their 30 completed ODIs in the past three years, claiming series wins over Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh in that time, as well as a runners-up finish in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Further down the rankings, West Indies have climbed to eighth from ninth, with Sri Lanka going the other way.

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