Bangalore: England have displaced Australia as the top-ranked side in the latest International Cricket Council One-Day International rankings, following the update on August 8. Australia, who had occupied the No. 1 slot since September 2009, fell to the fourth spot - its lowest ranking since the launch of the ODI rankings in 2002.
South Africa follow England by a margin of 1/6th of a rating point, while India, the 2011 World Cup winners, are third, just one point behind England. Australia trail England by nine rating points.
Apart from the top four, the rest of the table remains unchanged, although the gap between West Indies and New Zealand, in seventh and eighth places respectively, has grown from six to 20 points, while ninth-placed Bangladesh is now only three points behind New Zealand.
In Twenty20 Internationals, England have been usurped by South Africa as the leaders of the table - the two sides are separated by one rating point. Australia experienced a drop in the T20I format as well, falling from sixth to ninth. West Indies, meanwhile, have moved up from eighth to fifth.
Only 11 teams are now ranked in the T20I table. The remaining five sides - Afghanistan, Canada, Kenya, Netherlands and Scotland - have played fewer than eight T20Is since August 2010 and will rejoin the table once they have played eight T20Is.
The No. 1 spot in T20Is, however, will be up for grabs when England and South Africa go head to head in a three-match series starting on September 8 in Chester-le-Street.