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New Zealand climb to top of the ODI rankings in annual update

Rankings update

Following the latest annual update, New Zealand have moved to the summit of the ICC Men's ODI team rankings.

At the start of May each year, the rating period is recalibrated so only results from the past three years are taken into consideration.

Essentially, results prior to 1 May 2018 no longer influence the rating method, developed by David Kendix, which determines the MRF Tyres ICC team rankings.

In the system, results from the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent, with matches since May 2020 given their full weighting.

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The stars who powered New Zealand to ODI No.1

This year's update sees New Zealand jump two spots to first on the ladder, with England slipping from top spot down to fourth. Australia has 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.

England remain on top of the T20I rankings.
England remain on top of the T20I rankings.

Summary of Movements in MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings following 2021 update

 Country

Old rating

New rating

Change

 

Old ranking

New ranking

Change

New Zealand

118

121

3

 

3

1

2

Australia

111

118

7

 

4

2

2

India

119

115

-4

 

2

3

-1

England

121

115

-6

 

1

4

-3

South Africa

106

107

1

 

5

5

0

Pakistan

102

97

-5

 

6

6

0

Bangladesh

89

90

1

 

7

7

0

West Indies

78

82

4

 

9

8

1

Sri Lanka

80

79

-1

 

8

9

-1

Afghanistan

59

62

3

 

10

10

0

Netherlands

44

49

5

 

12

11

1

Ireland

45

45

0

 

11

12

-1

Zimbabwe

42

39

-3

 

13

13

0

Oman

40

34

-6

 

14

14

0

Scotland

26

30

4

 

15

15

0

Nepal

18

24

6

 

17

16

1

UAE

21

21

0

 

16

17

-1

Namibia

17

16

-1

 

18

18

0

USA

13

12

-1

 

19

19

0

PNG

0

0

0

 

20

20

0

 

On the T20I side of the ledger, England remain No.1 and have extended their lead over India to five points.

New Zealand have moved up from fifth to third, swapping places with Australia.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, 80 countries have played the requisite six T20Is to remain in the rankings. Five countries have lost their ranking as a result of the update: Gambia, Ghana, Hungary, Sierra Leone, and Sweden.

The Test rankings update will be carried out following the conclusion of the ongoing Pakistan v Zimbabwe series.

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