New Zealand are the top-ranked One-Day International (ODI) side in the annual update of the Men's ICC rankings. They have gone past world champions England and India as a result drop to third. However, India retained second spot in the ICC T20 International (T20I) rankings, trailing England by five ranking points.
New Zealand, who defeated Bangladesh 3-0 in their only ODI series during the past year, have advanced two slots after gaining three rating points to reach an aggregate of 121. Australia are second with 118 points while India and England are both on 115, with the former ahead on decimal points.
"These updates eliminate results from 2017-18 and halve the weighting of matches played in 2019-20 which includes the 2019 World Cup," according to the ICC media release.
During this period, England drew a three-match series against Pakistan 1-1, defeated Australia 2-1 and South Africa 3-0 before losing an away series to India by a 2-3 margin. New Zealand have also gained in the annual T20I update, moving up from fifth to third after series wins over the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. Australia have moved the other way, down from third to fifth.
In other movements at the top of the T20I rankings table, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have gained one place each to reach eighth and ninth positions, respectively, while the West Indies have dropped two places to 10th.
England's slip down to fourth position comes in the second annual update since they won the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup at Lord's in the summer of 2019. In the past 12 months, England have suffered 1-2 series losses to Australia and India, as well as an ODI lost to Ireland.
The latest update, which rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 percent and those of the previous two years at 50 percent, sees Australia move up two places from fourth to second and India drop one place to third. The West Indies have overtaken Sri Lanka to ninth position.
The Netherlands have been allowed to retain their ranking despite only having played four ODIs during the new rating period, since their scheduled fixtures were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been no change of places in either format for Afghanistan, Pakistan or South Africa. Afghanistan are 10th in ODIs and seventh in T20Is, Pakistan are sixth in ODIs and fourth in T20Is while South Africa are fifth in ODIs and sixth in T20Is.
Despite the pandemic, 80 countries have played the requisite six T20Is over the past three years to remain in the rankings. Five countries have lost their ranking after the update -- Gambia, Ghana, Hungary, Sierra Leone and Sweden.
The annual update to the Test rankings will be carried out following the conclusion of the ongoing Pakistan-Zimbabwe series.
(With inputs from PTI)