WC win extends Aust’s lead in ODI rankings

Australia’s thumping World Cup victory has solidified their place at the top of the one-day cricket rankings, with Darren Lehmann’s team extending its lead over India.

Australia has moved to 129 points in the latest rankings, doubling its lead from six to 12 points over the second-placed nation following the World Cup, in which Australia crushed trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in the final.

Despite the loss, New Zealand has also received a ratings boost, jumping eight points to leapfrog South Africa into third place.

England, who failed to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup, have felt the heaviest blow for their failings, dropping seven rankings points while remaining in sixth place.

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