Australia have moved to the top of the Test and T20I rankings for men while England continue to lead the men’s ODI rankings after the annual update carried out on Friday. 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 ICC men’s Test team rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India is now third with 114 points.
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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 large 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 has 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 leads the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine Test sides. In the 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, The top ten rankings remain unchanged.
By contrast, the updated ICC Men’s T20I team rankings see plenty 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, are now fourth with 260 points. England has moved into the second position with 268 points while Indian is up to one place to third, just two points behind.