2021 has been a special year for New Zealand cricket. After creating history and reaching the helm of the Test rankings, the Kiwis have now dethroned Eoin Morgan’s England to reach the top of ODI rankings as well. New Zealand recently clean swept Bangladesh in a three match ODI series while England stumbled to a 2-1 loss to India which saw them slip to fourth spot.
Despite a crushing win over England, India has slipped one spot to third with Aaron Finch’s Australia leapfrogging them to secure the second spot. Australia currently have 118 rating points and are followed by India(115) and England (115) respectively. New Zealand sits comfortably at the helm with 120 rating points.
South Africa are ranked fifth with 107 points and are the final team with more than 100 points. Pakistan (97), Bangladesh (90) and West Indies (82) are placed sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Sri Lanka, who were thrashed by West Indies in their previous series, are ranked ninth with just 79 points.
In the T20I rankings, India have retained their second place and are trailing the top-ranked England (277) with five rating points. During the period, England drew the three match series against Pakistan 1-1, beat Australia and South Africa 2-1 and 3-0 respectively and suffered a 2-1 loss to India.
New Zealand have also gained in the annual T20I update and moved two spots up to settle at third after series wins over West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. Australia, on the other hand, have gone the other way around and slipped to fifth from third.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also moved a spot to reach eights and ninth position respectively while West Indies have dropped two places to tenth.
According to ICC, these updates eliminate results from 2017-18 and halve the weighting of matches played in 2019-20 which includes the 2019 World Cup.
“These updates eliminate results from 2017-18 and halve the weighting of matches played in 2019-20 which includes the 2019 World Cup,” the ICC stated in a release.