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Update: South Africa retain top spot in ODI rankings, India climb to third
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South Africa have maintained the numero uno spot in the ICC ODI rankings following the annual update on Monday (May 1). Australia, meanwhile, continue to trail in the second spot whereas India and New Zealand have swapped position to claim the third and the fourth spot respectively.

Defending champions at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England, India gained five points to climb to the third spot while New Zealand, who earned only two points, dropped to fourth.

However, it is the tussle between eight-ranked Pakistan and ninth-placed West Indies that gets interesting in the months leading up to the September 30, 2017 deadline to qualify automatically for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Both Pakistan and West Indies lost points following the update - Pakistan slipping from 90 points to 88 while West Indies sliding from 83 points to 79. But Pakistan, as per the latest update, boast of a nine-point advantage over West Indies which can prove decisive as to which team gains the last available automatic qualification spot for the mega-event in 2019 in England. Hosts England, currently at the fifth spot, and the next seven best-ranked teams make it to the cricket's premier quadrennial competition.

Sri Lanka (sixth) and Bangladesh (seventh) occupy the next two spots in the 12-team table, despite losing points. Even though Bangladesh have dropped a point, their lead over Pakistan has increased to three points. Sri Lanka, despite losing five points, can be all but assured of a top-eight finish as its lead over West Indies is now 14 points.

Afghanistan (10th), Zimbabwe (11th) and Ireland (12th) continue to hold on to their spots.

The annual update is carried out by the ICC to ensure the points table reflects the recent forms of the teams. Consequently, the current rankings are based on the performances from May 1, 2014, with matches played from May 1, 2016 carrying 100 per cent weightage.

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