Australia is now the number 1 team in Tests and T20Is after the annual update carried out on Friday, which eliminates results from 2016-17 while England continues to lead the men’s ODI rankings.
In the latest update, that rates all matches played since May 2019 at 100 percent and those of the previous two years at 50 percent, Australia (116) have taken over from India as the top-ranked side in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in the second place. India is now third with 114 points.
With only two points separating them, this is the second closest the top three teams have been since the Test rankings were launched in 2003. The closest for the top three teams were in January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point.
India has yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is mainly because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were eliminated in the latest update. They had won all five series during this period, including against Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to South Africa along with India in the same period.
South Africa has suffered the biggest ranking fall of eight points, which sees them drop below Sri Lanka into sixth place. They had won three series in the period, while they have lost eight of their nine Tests since February 2019, playing against Sri Lanka, India, and England. India still leads the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine Test sides.
In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, reigning World champions England (127) have increased their lead over India from six to eight points. New Zealand remains in third place, three points behind India, and the top ten rankings stay the same.
By contrast, the updated MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings see lots of changes Australia (278) top the list for the first time since the T20I rankings were introduced in 2011. Pakistan, who had overtaken New Zealand to reach the top position in January 2018 and then spent 27 months there, is now fourth with 260 points.
England has moved into the second position with 268 points while India is up to one place to third, just 2 points behind. Afghanistan is down from seventh to 10th.
When the global T20I rankings were launched 12 months ago, there were 80 ranked teams. Since then, seven teams have joined the table (Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and Turkey), while three countries (France, Island of Man, and France) have lost their rankings having played insufficient matches.
Here are the latest ICC Rankings
ICC Test Rankings
|2||New Zealand||115 (+5)|
|5||Sri Lanka||91 (-)|
|6||South Africa||90 (-8)|
|8||West Indies||79 (-2)|
*Afghanistan (57) and Ireland (0) have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table.
ICC ODI Rankings
|3||New Zealand||116 (+1)|
|4||South Africa||108 (-6)|
|8||Sri Lanka||85 (+2)|
|9||West Indies||76 (-2)|
ICC T20I Rankings
|5||South Africa||258 (-1)|
|6||New Zealand||242 (-3)|
|7||Sri Lanka||230 (-2)|
|9||West Indies||229 (+3)|