Dubai: India have retained their top position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings in the annual update on Thursday in which series results from 2015-16 were removed, and outcomes from 2016-17 and 2017-18 were weighted at 50 percent.
India now has 113 points while the second positioned New Zealand are just two points behind, which was earlier eight points.
South Africa follows New Zealand is followed by South Africa, England, and Australia who sits on the third, four and fifth position respectively.
While in the ICC One Day International (ODI) team rankings, England retained the top spot as the English side has 123 points. England is followed by India, who are just 2 points behind from England. South Africa, New Zealand and Australia secured the third, fourth and fifth position respectively.
However, if England wants to go into the World Cup as the top-ranked side then they will have to beat Ireland in an upcoming one-off ODI and then beat Pakistan 3-2 or better in a home series, or lose to Ireland but then beat Pakistan 4-1 or better.