Australia have dethroned England with their victory in the final match to reclaim the top spot in the T20I rankings. Australia briefly conceded the top spot to England during the three-match series in Southampton, which the visiting side lost 2-1, the global governing council said in an official media release.
Australia had started the series at 278 points, 10 ahead of second-placed England, but were overtaken by their rivals after losing the first two matches. Australia and England were both on 273 points at that stage with England marginally ahead on decimal points.
Australia, who were number one for the first time in this format at the time of the annual update on 1 May this year, return to the top within two days of being overtaken by England.
They are now on 275 points and England on 271. India, who host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup next year, are third with 266 points and Pakistan fourth with 261.
England will now host Australia for a three-match ODI series, starting from September 11 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Following that, the players from both the teams will join their respective franchises for the IPL 2020 in UAE.
As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, seven franchises have agreed to bring back 22 players directly to UAE via a charter flight from Manchester. The players will leave for Dubai to be available for their team’s respective opening matches in time.