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England moves to top in ODI rankings for the first time

Dubai, Aug 9 (): England climbed to the top spot of the one-day international rankings for the first time in its 10-year history. For the first time in three years, former world champion Australia has dropped to fourth place in the new table released by the International Cricket Council.

England with 121 rating points who are in the top spot of the Test rankings, lead over South Africa by one sixth of a point. South Africa in the second spot are trailing just by one-sixth of a rating point, while world champion India are at third place with 120 points, just one rating point behind England. Australia trails England to fourth spot by nine ratings points.

Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies took fifth, sixth and seventh spots. The new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.

In the ODI batsmen ranking, Amla of South Africa maintains the top spot with 871 points, while India batsman Virat Kohli moved up to second spot with 858 points. India skipper M.S.Dhoni and Gautham Gambhir were at fifth and tenth spot with 745 and 689 rating points.

In the ODI bowlers ranking, Tsotsobe of South Africa remains top spot with 743 points. Indian spinner R.Ashwin, the only Indian bowler in the top ten bowlers list ranks sixth with 681 rating points.

On the Twenty20 rankings, South Africa has taken the top spot from England while Australia plummets from sixth to ninth – below New Zealand and Bangladesh.

England is in the first spot when it takes on the Proteas in a three-match series starting on September 8. Sri Lanka is in the third spot, India and Pakistan are at number four and six respectively. Only 11 teams are now ranked on the T20I table.

England Swann and Morgan are the toppers in the T20 bowler and batsmen rating list.