ICC ODI team rankings: England still on top of the table
The Kiwis are still in the third place owing to 29 points lead over the Proteas.
Updated - Feb 1, 2019 8:01 am
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday came up with the latest rankings in the one-day international format and England continued to be the table toppers with India following them. There were not many changes in the list though and the rankings made quite a realistic reflection of the standings that the teams have in world cricket. Nepal were ranked 15th in the list.
England, who will be hosting this year’s ICC World Cup in May-July along with Wales, were leading with 126 ratings while India were at 121 ratings. Virat Kohli’s men recently won three back-to-back bilateral ODI series, two of which came overseas. They won their first bilateral ODI series against Australia 2-1 and are leading the five-match series against New Zealand 3-1 at the moment.
New Zealand and South Africa have same ratings – 111
The Black Caps though thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in a home series before losing to India, their 111 ratings were equalled by South Africa who defeated Pakistan 3-2 in a closely fought ODI series at home. The Kiwis are still in the third place owing to 29 points lead over the Proteas.
Pakistan were ranked fifth after South Africa but they have been without a strong win since decimating Zimbabwe 5-0 last July and would be looking forward to make some gains in the upcoming ODIs against Australia and England ahead in the run-up to the World Cup.
Australia, the defending World champions, have had a poor run in the ODIs and are ranked sixth in the ICC’s table now. They haven’t won a bilateral ODI series since defeating Pakistan 4-1 at home in 2016-17 and were humbled by South Africa and India in two consecutive home series recently. If the Kangaroos are not improving their games soon, Bangladesh, who are ranked next with 93 ratings – seven short of Australia – could give them a good challenge.
The next teams that feature in the ICC’s top 15 are Sri Lanka (8), Windies (9), Afghanistan (10), Zimbabwe (11), Ireland (12), Scotland (13), UAE (14) and Nepal (15).
Here are the latest ICC ODI team rankings
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