World champions India has slipped to third place in the ICC ODI rankings after an annual update of the list in which Australia has extended their lead at the top to 12 points.
The ICC explained in a statement, “The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the Reliance ICC ODI Championship table continues to reflect recent form. As such, the new table only includes results from matches played after 1 August 2009, with older results from between 1 August 2008 – 31 July 2009 being discarded.”
“Despite capturing the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, India falls one place to third in the updated rankings. This is due to the fact that in the 2008-09 rating year, now dropped, India won 17 ODIs and lost only five games, which was easily the best record during that period. In the same year Australia won 11 and lost 11 ODIs and so now Michael Clarke’s side are no longer penalised for that relatively poor year.”
“In the past 12 months, India has lost nine ODIs, including its last two ODIs against eighth ranked West Indies and one in the group stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup, and has a win-loss ratio that is poorer than World Cup finalists Sri Lanka and quarter finalists Australia and South Africa. Note that the rankings give equal weight to all ODIs played over the year, with no extra points for performances in the ICC Cricket World Cup.”
The number one ranked side in the Reliance ICC ODI Championship on 1 April 2012 will receive US $175,000, while the second placed side will earn US $75,000.