ICC Test rankings: India retain top spot; England displace Australia at third

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After the annual update of the ICC Test team rankings, which was published on Thursday, India remained the number one Test team.

India leads the table with 2914 points from 24 matches after earning one rating point for an aggregate of 121.

With a ranking of 120, Virat Kohli’s men are closely followed by their World Test Championship final rivals, New Zealand.

The Kiwis have garnered 2166 points from 18 Tests and gained two rating points.

Over the last year, India’s 2-1 and 3-1 wins over Australia and England, as well as New Zealand’s 2-0 series wins over the West Indies and Pakistan, have helped them stay ahead of the pack.

According to an ICC release, the most recent annual update removes 2017-18 results.

According to the most recent update, all matches played since May 2020 are rated 100%, while those from the previous two years are rated 50%.

England (109 rating) has moved up to third place, displacing Australia (108 rating), which is now in fourth place.

England’s rise came after their 0-4 loss to Australia in the 2017-18 season saw them drop out of the rankings.

Pakistan (94) have earned three points but remain in fifth place, while the West Indies (84), who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in this year’s series, have jumped two positions to sixth place, their highest position since 2013.

South Africa (80) and Sri Lanka (78) have both dropped a rung to seventh and eighth place, respectively. Bangladesh (46), which has lost five points, and Zimbabwe (35), which has gained eight points, are the next two countries.

As a result, the Proteas have equalled their lowest Test ranking ever.

Meanwhile, from June 18 to 22, India and New Zealand will compete in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl.

Hers’s the list of ICC Test Team

2 NZ182,166120
3 ENG323,493109
4 AUS171,844108
5 PAK242,24794
6 WI242,02484
7 SA161,27380
8 SL272,09578
9 BAN1569446
10 ZIM1034635

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