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Australia Advance to the Top of Test and T20I Rankings

Australia Advance to the Top of Test and T20I Rankings

Australia has ended India’s almost four-year rule at the top of the International Cricket Council’s test rankings and also climbed to No. 1 in the Twenty20 format at Pakistan’s loss.

All international and first-class cricket has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Still, the yearly update of the rankings on Friday involves that results from 2016-17 were eliminated, and the results since May last year are given extra weight.

That means Australia moved to No. 1 with a rating of 116 after retaining the Ashes in England and going unbeaten in five tests against Pakistan and New Zealand at home over the southern summer.

Australia coach Justin Langer said his squads had performed on and off the field in current seasons following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in 2018 that sent the sport Down Under into a spin.

England retain their No.1 position in ODI rankings. Image Source: icc-crickiet.com

“We have earned some respect back from other teams around the world but also from Australia,” he said. “When we started on this journey, there had been a lot of talk about Australia wanting to be No.1 in the world in all three forms of the game.

“We took a different approach. Not once did we talk about being No.1 ranked in the world, we wanted to be No. 1 in our values and process. That is what I am most proud of.”

New Zealand had back-to-back test wins at home against India to start the year, holding second place with a rating of 115 and dismissing Virat Kohli’s lineup to the third spot on 114.

England is on 105 in the fourth spot in the Test rankings but retained the top spot in the one-day international rankings after winning the World Cup on home soil in 2019 following an extraordinary final against New Zealand.

India yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since October 2016. Image Source: icc-crickiet.com

In the test rankings, Sri Lanka is fifth with 91, one clear of South Africa, followed by Pakistan, West Indies, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

The ICC said with only two points separating first from third; it’s the closest struggle at the top of the test rankings since January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point. India still leads the ICC test championship, though.

In the ODI rankings, England has a rating of 127 and increased its lead over India from six points to eight. New Zealand is in third.

In the T20 format, Australia heads the list for the first time since the rankings were introduced in 2011. The Australians lead with 278, 10 clears of England, and 12 ahead of India.

Courtesy: ICC

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