Australia is at top of the ODI Ranking After Annual Update

Australia is at top of the ODI ranking after annual update. Australia has kept the top rank in the MRF tyres ICC Men’s ODI rankings after the yearly update, but pakistan and india will be tough opponents moving forward. Following the annual update, Australia’s rating increased from 113 to 118, retaining a slim lead over Pakistan and India.

Prior to the annual update of the rankings, Australia was at the top with 113 points, followed by India in decimal order. After winning the fourth ODI against New Zealand this month, Pakistan who was placed third with 112 points, briefly topped the rankings.

Had Pakistan been able to defeat New Zealand 5-0, they might have been able to maintain their top spot even after the annual update. 

The annual rankings take into account all series finished since May 2020, with series finished before May 2022 weighted at 50% and all series finished after that weighted at 100%.

Due to the 4-0 away series loss in England no longer counting, Pakistan has now overtaken India for second place. They are able to overtake India in the rankings thanks to a decreased weighting for their 3-0 series loss in England in 2021. India’s 2-1 series loss at home to Australia this year, on the other hand, has had a significant negative influence.

There is still possibility for significant movement among the top three as countries step up their preparation for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup given the abundance of ODI matches coming up in the near future.

New Zealand (104 points) is in fourth place, with a sizable advantage currently held by the top three. To move up to fourth place, the Black Caps have passed England (101 points). With the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup victory no longer being taken into account, England has seen a significant 10-point decline in their rating. 

After the yearly update, South Africa (sixth) and Bangladesh (seventh) keep their positions. However, there is significant movement beneath them as Afghanistan makes a huge leap to move up to seventh place, passing Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

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