ICC Annual Ranking Update
India retains its status as number-one test side while England also is still the top ODI squad after the ICC's annual ranking update.
India’s lead over New Zealand in the ICC Test team rankings has narrowed from eight to two points and England remain at the top of the ICC ODI team rankings with their gap over India reduced to just two points in an expanded table. In the only change of positions on the table, England have overtaken Australia to fourth position and are on 105 points. Australia are on 98 points after dropping six points. In another significant movement, the gap between seventh-placed Pakistan and eighth-placed West Indies has trimmed from 11 to two points.
England have retained the no. 1 ranking but to go into the World Cup as the top-ranked side, they will need to beat Ireland in an upcoming one-off ODI and then beat Pakistan 3-2 or better in a home series, or lose to Ireland but then beat Pakistan 4-1 or better.
South Africa have overtaken New Zealand into third position while another change in positions sees the west Indies moving ahead of Sri Lanka to seventh place. No team has dropped out of the top 10, thus ensuring that the World Cup will see the 10 top-ranked sides in action.