DUBAI, Aug 1 (PTI): World champions India have slipped to third place in the ICC ODI team rankings after an annual update of the list in which Australia have extended their lead at the top to 12 points.
Despite capturing the World Cup 2011, India fell behind runners-up Sri Lanka in the updated rankings.
�This is due to the fact that in the 2008-09 rating year, now dropped, India won 17 ODIs and lost only five games, which was easily the best record during that period.
�In the same year Australia won 11 and lost 11 ODIs and so now Michael Clarke�s side are no longer penalised for that relatively poor year,� the ICC explained in a statement.
�In the past 12 months, India has lost nine ODIs, including its last two ODIs against eighth ranked West Indies and one in the group stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup, and has a win-loss ratio that is poorer than World Cup finalists Sri Lanka and quarterfinalists Australia and South Africa,� it added.
The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the ODI Championship table continues to reflect recent form. As such, the new table only includes results from matches played after August 1 2009, with older results from between August 1 2008 - July 31 2009 being discarded.