ICC Test Rankings: India lose top spot for the first time since 2016; Australia at the top

ICC Test Ranking: India lose top spot for the first time since 2016; Australia at the top
ICC Test Ranking: India lose top spot for the first time since 2016; Australia at the top
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Australia have moved to the top of the latest Test Rankings with 116 points. ICC released the latest Test rankings on Friday, which eliminates the results form 2016-2017.

Australia gained 8 points and moved to the top leaving behind New Zealand and India. New Zealand is at the second spot with 115 points, 5 points gain.

India losses the top spot after the loss of 2 points and are at 3rd position with 114 points. This is the first time since October 2016 India have lost the top spot. This is mainly because India lost only 1 Test match in 2016-17 and won 12 Tests. 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.

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.

South Africa have 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.

Afghanistan and Ireland have Test status but have played 57 and 0 matches respectively which is not enough matches to figure on the rankings table.

ICC Test Rankings

Rank Team Points
1 Australia 116 (+8)
2 New Zealand 115 (+5)
3 India 114(-2)
4 England 105(-)
5 Sri Lanka 91(-)
6 South Africa 90(-8)
7 Pakistan 90(-8)
8 West Indies 79(-2)
9 Bangladesh 55(-5)
10 Zimbabwe 18(+1)

India still leads the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine Test sides.

Australia have also moved to the top of the ICC T20I rankings while England continues to lead the ODI rankings.