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New Zealand climb to the top of the ODI rankings

By Bet Barter

May 3, 2021

The New Zealand cricket team reached the top of the ODI rankings, ousting World Cup champions England in the latest update. England's 2-1 loss has seen the side drop to the fourth position. On the other hand, the Indian cricket team are down to the third spot. In 2021, the New Zealand cricket team has gotten even better as the Black Caps have officially surpassed Eoin Morgan's England as the number one ranked ODI side globally. In the absence of regular captain Kane Williamson, Tom Latham directed New Zealand to a 3-0 series win over Bangladesh in March. England's defeat against India has seen the Kiwis surge to the top of the ODI rankings. 

Despite the series win over England, the Virat Kohli-led side has dropped one spot to the third position. India defeated a visiting English side 2-1 at home. Despite the win, Australia has leapfrogged the Men in Blue to secure the second spot in the rankings. The latest update has left the Australian team with 118 rating points, followed by India (115) and England (115). New Zealand is leading the charts with 120 rating points to their name. 

Sri Lanka is at 9th spot with just 79 rating points to their name

South Africa (107) are fifth and are the only other team to have more than 100 rating points. The Proteas are then followed by Pakistan (97), Bangladesh (90) and West Indies (82). Sri Lanka, who West Indies whitewashed, recently found themselves struggling at the 9th spot, with 79 rating points to their name.

Talking about the IPL, The New Zealand Players Association chief Heath Mills has assured that that none of the cricketers from NZ have desired to return home. Several cricketers have pulled out from the IPL 2021, citing personal reasons as positive coronavirus cases continue to rise in India. But New Zealand cricketers are satisfied with the safety protocols in the IPL 2021 bio bubble. Meanwhile, New Zealand is also set to tour England in May. With the IPL concluding on May 30, the players who are part of the teams qualifying for playoffs will automatically be ruled out of the first Test at Lord's. The Kiwis will be touring England for a two-match Test series in June, ahead of their ICC World Test Championship final against India.

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