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England have replaced Australia as the world's leading one-day international team following the annual update of the International Cricket Council rankings.

Alastair Cook's side now lead South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point, with World Cup winners India close behind in third.

Australia, beaten 4-0 on these shores earlier this summer, lie fourth, their lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002. They trail England by nine points, having slipped from the summit for the first time since September 2009.

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England have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council ODI rankings. They replace Australia, who they defeated 4-0 this summer

England have never previously topped the ODI Championship table. Were the rankings to be applied retrospectively, they could last claim to be the top 50-over team in January 1996.

The new tables only include results from matches played since August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.

England have lost top spot to South Africa in the Twenty20 rankings, which have also been updated.

By the end of the summer, either England or South Africa could be ranked number one in all three forms.

Next week's third Investec Test at Lord's will determine who heads the five-day standings, and the two teams meet in five ODIs and three Twenty20s thereafter.

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