Australia remain top of the INF rankings despite only winning silver at Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty Images

The International Netball Federation (INF) have released their latest world rankings with Australia remaining at the summit in front of a largely unchanged top order.

The latest rankings reflect matches played up to April 21, including the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games last month. 

The Netball World Cup 2019 Regional Qualifier for Oceania, the Taini Jamison Trophy, the Hong Kong Four Nations Tournament and the Uganda v Barbados series have also been factored in.

Australia have remained on top with a rating of 213 with New Zealand, who have set up an independent panel to review the country's disappointing fourth-place finish at Gold Coast 2018, second on 175.

England's triumph over hosts Australia in the Gold Coast final has seen them close the gap to New Zealand and they are now just six points behind in third.

Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallists Jamaica, whose governing body recently turned down the resignation of co-head coach Sasher-Gaye Henry, remain in fourth on 161 points.

England's victory in Gold Coast helped them close the gap to New Zealand ©Getty Images
England's victory in Gold Coast helped them close the gap to New Zealand ©Getty Images

South Africa remain the highest ranked African side following their fifth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games whilst Malawi's shock victory over New Zealand in the group stage sees them tighten their grip on sixth spot in front of Uganda in seventh.

Fiji have dropped out of the top 12 to 13th with Trinidad and Tobago taking their spot.

Samoa, who have qualified for next year's Netball World Cup, move up one position to 14th and Hong Kong, who finished second in the Four Nations Tournament, also jump up one place to 28th.

The INF have confirmed that a record 41 teams now have a world ranking.