The ICC Ranking Australia has topped the test and T20I rankings for men, while England continues to top the men’s ODI rankings after the annual update on Friday, eliminating the 2016-17 results.
ICC Ranking Update
In the last update, which rated all games played since May 2019 with 100 percent and those of the last two years with 50 percent, Australia (116) replaced India as the best-placed team in the MRF Tires ICC Men’s Test. Team ranking with New Zealand (115) on the second place. India is in third place with 114 points.
At just two points apart, this is the second closest of the three best teams since the test leaderboard started in 2003. The closest for the three best teams was in January 2016, when India led Australia and South Africa with a single lead.
India took first place for the first time since October 2016. This is mainly because India won 12 tests in 2016-17 and lost only one test whose records were removed in the last update. During this time, they had won all five series, including Australia and England. On the other hand, Australia had lost to both South Africa and India in the same period.
South Africa has suffered the biggest drop in ratings of eight points, making it sixth among Sri Lanka. They had won three series at the time of culling, while losing eight of their nine tests against Sri Lanka, India and England since February 2019.
India continues to lead the ICC World Test Championship, a league with six series played by each of the nine best test teams.
In the ODI team ranking of the MRF Tires ICC Men, the reigning world champion England (127) extended his lead over India from six to eight points. New Zealand remains third, three points behind India. The top ten positions remain unchanged.
In contrast, the updated T20I team rankings for the MRF Tires ICC Men see many changes. Australia (278) tops the list for the first time since the T20I ranking was introduced in 2011. Pakistan, which 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 up to second place with 268 points, while India has moved up to third place with just two points behind.
Afghanistan has dropped from seventh to tenth place, while Bulgaria has the largest wins with 12 to 51st place in the 84-country list of teams that have played the required six games in the past three years.
When the global T20I leaderboard was launched 12 months ago, there were 80 leaderboard teams. Since then, seven teams have joined the table (Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and Turkey), while three countries (France, Isle of Man, and Israel) have lost their rankings because they have not played enough games.
*Afghanistan (57) and Ireland (0) have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table
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All the ranking stats are taken from ICC official website