England lose No1 ODI spot to New Zealand after annual rankings update

Eoin Morgan's team hold on to top position in T20 cricket

England have lost their No1 ODI ranking to New Zealand. Getty
England have lost their No1 ODI ranking to New Zealand. Getty

England lost their top spot in ODI cricket following the annual rankings update from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The update to the tables halves the weighting of matches played in 2019-20, including the 2019 World Cup, won by England. According to the system, results from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons are accounted for at 50 per cent, with matches since May 2020 given their full weighting.

In the last year, England suffered one-day series losses to Australia and India and a one-off defeat by Ireland, leading to their ranking falling from first to fourth.

There was some good news, though, with Eoin Morgan's team consolidating their position as the top Twenty20 side in the world.

England narrowly lost their most recent T20 series in India but series wins over South Africa and Australia were added.

New Zealand are now top ODI side, with their only series a 3-0 win over Bangladesh, while Australia and India also moved past England.

England will be back in action next month with two Test matches against New Zealand followed by T20 and one-day matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Published: May 3, 2021 03:52 PM

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