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England leapfrog India to become world’s No.1 ODI team

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

England have confirmed their rise in white-ball cricket by usurping India as the world’s No.1 ODI team.

Eoin Morgan’s team cemented their strong position with two away series-victories this winter, beating Australia 4-1 and then New Zealand 3-2, helping them to push India back down to No.2.

England’s rise up the table is largely because the 2014/15 season – which saw them win only seven out of 25 full ODIs – has now been dropped from the latest rankings calculations, while points from the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons are now weighted at 50 per cent.

That period has seen a major reinvention of England’s limited-overs cricket, led by Morgan and executed by a host of attacking batting talent that has made big totals a commonplace and a varied, wicket-taking bowling attack.

England last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013 have gained eight points and moved to 125 points. India, who were at the top before the update, have lost a solitary point and are in second place with a total of 122 points.  South Africa, who were second, have dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113, leaving them nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

Despite some significant changes in points tallies, the remaining places remain unchanged, meaning that the current top 10 ranked sides are the ones who will be playing in next year’s World Cup.

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