England cricket has risen to the top of the world one-day rankings for the first time in more than five years.
Eoin Morgan’s team were confirmed as the number one in the 50-over side format, overtaking India at the summit, following the latest annual update.
With the rankings officially updated on May 1 each year, England leapfrogged India to sit in top spot for the first time since 2012 when the team spent five months at No.1.
England were previously third behind India and South Africa but surged into first after the results of a forgettable 2014/15 season, which saw them winning only seven out of 25 ODI’s against other full member countries, were ditched.
Results from the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons are now weighted at 50 per cent, and England’s recent performances – such as the 4-1 hammering of Australia in January – have been strong.
England, who last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013, are now on 125 ranking points, three points ahead of Virat Kohli’s India.
South Africa are nine further back in third with New Zealand fourth on 112.
Further down the standings, world champions Australia have lost eight points to drop to 104 and fifth position, two points ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners Pakistan.
The one significant change in the Twenty20 international rankings has seen Afghanistan rise to seventh, ahead of 2014 world champions Sri Lanka.
Pakistan remain top of the pile in international cricket’s shortest format.
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ODI team rankings
1. England – 125 points (+8 points)
2. India – 122 (-1)
3. South Africa – 113 (-4)
4. New Zealand – 112 (-2)
5. Australia – 104 (-8)
6. Pakistan – 102 (+6)
7. Bangladesh – 93 (+3)
8. Sri Lanka – 77 (-7)
9. West Indies – 69 (-5)
10. Afghanistan – 63 (+5)
11. Zimbabwe – 55 (+4)
12. Ireland – 38 (-3)
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