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                        England rise to the top as Australia falls
 
Four-time world champions, Australia has lost its number-one position on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship for the first time since September 2009 following an annual update which took place on Wednesday.Australia has fallen to fourth spot which is its lowest ranking since the ODI table was launched in 2002 as its outstanding record of 30 wins and eight defeats from 40 ODIs in 2009-10 does not reflect any longer after the update.Following this year's annual update, England has become the number-one ranked ODI side, leading second-placed South Africa by one-sixth of a rating point, while world champion India is third – just one ratings point behind England. Australia trails England by nine ratings points.Sri Lanka sits at fifth place with four rating points behind Australia and their recent defeat against India lost them two additional points.The annual rankings update is carried out to ensure the Championship tables continue to reflect recent form. As such, the new tables only include results from matches played from August 2010, with older results from between August 2009 and July 2010 being discarded.This is the first time England has topped the ODI Championship table since it was launched in 2002. It is also the first time England can claim to be the top ODI team since January 1996, after the rankings are applied retrospectively.Below the top four, the ODI rankings are unchanged. However, the gap between seventh-placed West Indies and eighth-ranked New Zealand has grown from six to 20 points, while ninth-placed Bangladesh is now only three points behind New Zealand.