Australia solidify No1 spot as teams jostle in ICC Test Rankings

Pakistan placed at No. 5: India remain on top in T20, New Zealand No 1 ranked ODI team ICC Rankings

By: News Desk
Published: 03:19 PM, 4 May, 2022
Australia solidify No1 spot as teams jostle in ICC Test Rankings
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Australia have strengthened their claim as being the best team in the world after extending their lead at the top of the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.

The ICC released their annual update of the rankings on Wednesday and Australia now lead second-placed India by nine points with a rating of 128 points.

The new rankings reflect all Test series completed since May 2019, with those completed prior to May 2021 weighted at 50% and subsequent series weighted at 100%.

It is a well-deserved mark for Pat Cummins' side, who most recently claimed a 1-0 series triumph over Pakistan away from home to ensure they remain at the top of the rankings and the World Test Championship.

India (119 points) hold on to second place on the rankings, ahead of a tight battle for third between New Zealand (111) and South Africa (110).

 South Africa closed the gap from 13 to the solitary point on the latest rankings, following a jump in their rating from 102 to 110 points.

Rounding out the top five is Pakistan with 93 points, with Babar Azam's side catapulting past England (88) to snatch fifth place.

England fell nine points from 97 to 88 in the latest rankings, with new skipper Ben Stokes taking over a Test side that has won just one Test match in the last 12 months.

World Test Championship Standings

That new rating is the lowest mark England have dropped to since 1995, with their 4-1 series victory over India in 2018 now dropping from the rankings.

However their rating could still improve over the coming months, with their postponed Test against India from last year to be held at Edgbaston in July, and the result of that match will be included in their current rating.

T20 and ODI rankings

India under new captain Rohit Sharma finished the 2021-22 season as the world's number one ranked T20 team after a string of impressive performances at home.

The Black Caps from New Zealand finished the last season as the world No.1 ODI team with the cut-off date being May 4, 2022. 

India remain on top in T20Is, extending their lead over second-placed England from one to five points. South Africa and Australia have overtaken New Zealand, who are now in sixth place. Similarly, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are now ahead of Afghanistan (10th).

In the updated ODI rankings, New Zealand remain on top but their lead over England is reduced from three to one point. The gap between England and third-placed Australia has increased from seven to 17 points.