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After starting the summer in eighth place, and moving to seventh during the season, England finishes its ODI schedule in third position in the official table, while West Indies has moved into fourth place.
At the top of the table, Australia's lead over South Africa is extended to 16 with Ricky Ponting's side increasing its rating by two to 134 points, while the Proteas have dropped two points, after losing to England, to be on 118 points.
India and Pakistan are the teams that tumble down the table due to the removal of games played between August 2000 and July 2001 from the system.
ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed explained that the ratings are updated on an annual basis, in July, to reflect current form.
"The results from 2000-01 no longer count towards the table. This ensures that the newly updated ratings continue to reflect the current form of all teams as the changes to the table clearly show,'' he said.
England's victory against South Africa on Saturday was the last ODI to be played before the end of July allowing the ratings update to be completed and the new table to be calculated. The first ODI of the post-update period will be Australia's opening home match against Bangladesh on August 2, the release concluded.
The ICC ODI championship table (read as Position, Previous position, Team, Rating, Rating change): 1. (1) Australia 134 + 2; 2. (2) South Africa 118 - 2; 3. (7) England 107 + 4; 4. (6) West Indies 106 (106.130) + 3; 5. (8) New Zealand 106 (105.955) + 5; 6. (4) Sri Lanka 105 (105.314) - 1; 7. (3) Pakistan 105 (105.167) - 3; 8. (5) India 104 0; 9. (9) Zimbabwe 63 - 3; 10. (10) Kenya 28 0; 11. (11) Bangladesh 3 - 1.
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