Aussies fall to fouth in ODI rankings

For the first time in almost three years Australia is no longer officially cricket’s No.1-ranked one-day nation.

After the International Cricket Council’s annual update of its limited-overs rankings, Australia has dropped to fourth on the ladder – its lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002.

Making the news worse for Aussie fans, England is the new top-ranked team, just ahead of second-placed South Africa, with world champion India third.

Australia’s decline comes after their outstanding record of 30 wins from 40 matches in 2009-10 dropped out of consideration for rankings points.

The ICC updates the rankings each year and the new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010 onwards.

It’s the first time England has topped the ODI championship table, with Australia nine points adrift of its rival.

On the Twenty20 rankings, South Africa has taken over from England at No.1 with Australia plummeting from sixth to ninth – below New Zealand and even minnows Bangladesh.

England could regain the No.1 Twenty20 spot when it takes on the Proteas in a three-match series starting on September 8.

One-day international rankings

1. England
2. South Africa
3. India
4. Australia
5. Sri Lanka
6. Pakistan
7. West Indies
8. New Zealand
9. Bangladesh
10. Zimbabwe
11. Ireland
12. Netherlands
13. Kenya

Twenty20 international rankings

1. South Africa
2. England
3. Sri Lanka
4. India
5. West Indies
6. Pakistan
7. New Zealand
8. Bangladesh
9. Australia
10. Ireland
11. Zimbabwe