Australia have overtaken India and New Zealand to reclaim the No. 1 ICC Test rankings spot after their 4-0 Ashes win at home, pushing India down to the third spot.
South Africa’s 2-1 win over India at home took them one spot up to the fifth place, whereas New Zealand retained their second position.
ICC Test Team Ranking
It’s the first time Australia have claimed the No.1 ranking since May 2020, when the ICC’s annual adjustment of the points table saw the side move up.
After thrashing England in Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart – with England holding on for a draw in the fourth Test in Sydney – Australia have leapfrogged India and New Zealand to claim the top spot.
After a brilliant victory in the first Test in Centurion, Virat Kohli led India, the previous top-ranked team dealt back-to-back defeats in Johannesburg and Cape Town as their quest for a first Test series victory in South Africa continued. South Africa, after their series win have climbed up one spot to No.5 in the rankings chart with 101 rating points.
New Zealand, the inaugural World Test Championship winners, have retained their second position in the rankings with 117 rating points after their drawn home series against Bangladesh. After losing the first Test at the Bay Oval, the Kiwis bounced back with a comprehensive performance at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Pakistan have slipped down one spot to No.6 with 93 points rating. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland have meanwhile managed to retain their respective positions in the ranking charts.
How ICC Test Team Ranking is Calculate?
David Kendix developed the method to rank men’s teams playing across Test, One-Day International, and Twenty20 International formats and women’s teams playing One-Day International and Twenty20 International cricket.
This rating is worked out by dividing the points scored by the match/series total, with the answer given to the nearest whole number. It can be compared with a batting average, but with points instead of total runs scored and a match/series total instead of the number of times dismissed.