Today, England's cricket team experienced a dismal defeat in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, with the decisive game ending in a 3-0 whitewas
Today, England’s cricket team experienced a dismal defeat in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, with the decisive game ending in a 3-0 whitewash for the hosts causing England to lose its top spot in the ICC ODI rankings. England had previously held the top spot for 38 months excelling beyond expectations with a stellar performance against every side it had come up against.
However, this shocking loss has now caused England to be officially dethroned from the top spot as New Zealand rose to the occasion to assume the coveted position. This is New Zealand’s second time in their history that they have become the number-one ODI side with their previous tenure came in 2015 before India ousted them from the rankings.
England had previously won games consecutively in the series against Australia and had even been close to concluding the series with a victory. However, their performance had a remarkable downturn in the last game as they lost out in the batting duel in which they were comprehensively outdone by Australia. This performance showed England’s inability to keep up with their potent rivals in the batting department, proving to be the catalyst that resulted in this loss.
The England team had dominated ODI rankings for the past 3 years and even seemed destined to remain on top for a longer duration. However, this grim performance against the Australians has now cost them the top spot and it is fair to say they will have much to mull over in the aftermath.
All in all, this was a truly remarkable victory for Australia as they unleashed their full might on the Englishmen to dethrone them from their long-held top spot in the ODI rankings. England can now only hope for better performance against their upcoming rivals as New Zealand make their much-deserved return to the top spot.
England Lose Top Spot in ODIs Following 3-0 Loss to Australia
England have been knocked off the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings following their 3-0 series drubbing at the hands of Australia.
The defeat has seen them become the third team in the last 10 years to surrender the world’s number one ranking. The other two teams – India and Australia – each went on to win the ODI World Cup within a year of dropping from that position.
Fall from Grace
England had held the world’s number one ranking for four and a half years, since January 2014, as well as for two months in 2011/12. They won three successive ODI series in their ascent to the summit, beating India, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Having lost their series against hosts Australia, England now find themselves in second place on the ODI rankings, with New Zealand taking their place at the summit. The new ranking sees the Aussies in third and India fourth.
The 3-0 loss to Australia was by no means an embarrassment as England’s batting and bowling line up performed admirably throughout the series, with some excellent individual performances.
Nevertheless, England will have to bounce back quickly in their upcoming series against India this summer, if they are to reclaim the number one spot. If they are to achieve their goal, they will have to display the same tenacity and commitment that served them so well in their charge to the summit.
England have a lot of work to do if they are to be crowned ODI World Champions in 2019 and lifting the world number one ranking is certainly a must.
What Needs To Change?
One of the main areas of concern for England remains their middle order. The over reliance on their top three batsman has proved costly at times, especially since the retirement of former captain, Paul Collingwood.
The other area which continues to give England problems is their fielding. More often than not, expensive drops and misfields have cost England dearly.
In order to regain the number one ranking, and remain competitive on the international stage, England will need to address these issues. Here is a list of some of the ways they can do this:
- Better Coaching: England will need to ensure that their players have the correct guidance and instruction to improve their game.
- Increased Resources: Ensuring that the team has the necessary resources to be competitive.
- Pace of Play: Playing an attacking brand of cricket is key for England and they must find a way to keep the scoreboard ticking.
England are a talented team, with a great record in recent years. Winning the World Cup in 2019 is a distinct possibility, but they will need to address their weaknesses and reclaim the top spot of the ODI rankings if they are to stand a chance.