Australia dethrone India as men's top Test team

England top ICC men's one-day team

By: News Desk      Published: 12:35 PM, 1 May, 2020
Australia dethrone India as men's top Test team

Australia have moved to the top of the Test rankings for men while England continued to lead the men’s ODI rankings after the annual update carried out on Friday, which eliminates results from 2016-17.

India was displaced from top of Test list for the first time since October 2016. England consolidate position on top of men’s ODI rankings, increasing lead over second-placed India.

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 Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India are 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 was in January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point.

India have yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed 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 as well as to India in the same period.

South Africa have suffered the biggest rating fall of eight points, which sees them drop below Sri Lanka into sixth place. They had won three series in the period culled, while they have lost eight of their nine Tests since February 2019, playing against Sri Lanka, India and England.

India still lead 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 remain in third place, three points behind India. The top ten rankings remain unchanged.

ICC Test Team Rankings

Rank Team Points

1 Australia 116 (+8)

2 New Zealand 115 (+5)

3 India 114 (-2)

4 England 105 (-)

5 Sri Lanka 91 (-)

6 South Africa 90 (-8)

7 Pakistan 86 (+1)

8 West Indies 79 (-2)

9 Bangladesh 55 (-5)

10 Zimbabwe 18 (+1)

*Afghanistan (57) and Ireland (0) have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table

ODI Team Rankings

Rank Team Points

1 England 127 (+3)

2 India 119 (+1)

3 New Zealand 116 (+1)

4 South Africa 108 (-6)

5 Australia 107 (-2)

6 Pakistan 102 (+4)

7 Bangladesh 88 (+1)

8 Sri Lanka 85 (+2)

9 West Indies 76 (-2)

10 Afghanistan 55 (-2)

11 Ireland 49 (-)

12 Netherlands 44 (+7)

13 Oman 40 (+6)

14 Zimbabwe 39 (-4)

15 Scotland 26 (-4)

16 Nepal 18 (-2)

17 UAE 17 (+3)

18 Namibia 17 (+1)

19 USA 13 (+1)

20 PNG 0 (-)