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Australia consolidate top position in Tests after annual update

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  • New Zealand and India remain No. 1 in ODIs and T20Is; Pakistan advance in Tests and ODIs

Australia have increased their lead over second-placed India from one to nine rating points while Pakistan have overtaken England to fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings following the annual update carried out today.

Australia, who beat England 4-0 in a five-match home series in January, have moved from 119 to 128 rating points in the annual update that drops the 2018-19 season and reflects all series completed since May 2019. Series completed prior to May 2021 are now weighted at 50 per cent and subsequent series at 100 per cent.

India have also gained a point to move to 119 while England have had the biggest decrease of nine points as their 4-1 series win over India in 2018 is now dropped from the rankings. England’s 88 rating points is their lowest since 1995.

The England versus India series that began in 2021, will be included in the rankings once the final postponed Test is completed.

South Africa have closed the gap with third-placed New Zealand from 13 points to just one point in the updated rankings that still contain 10 teams since Afghanistan and Ireland are yet to play enough Tests to be included in the rankings.

In the updated ODI rankings, New Zealand remain on top but their lead over England is reduced from three to one point. The gap between England and third placed Australia has increased from seven to 17 points. Pakistan have moved past South Africa to fifth place while the United Arab Emirates are the biggest gainers, earning six rating points and advancing two places to 13th.

India remain on top in T20Is, extending their lead over second-placed England from one to five points. South Africa and Australia have overtaken New Zealand, who are now in sixth place. Similarly, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are now ahead of Afghanistan (10th).

The biggest rating improvement has been by Portugal, who have moved up five places to 45th in the latest update, in which the number of ranked teams has fallen from 91 to 72, as 19 teams have not played the required six rated matches since May 2019.

Of the 19 teams to have lost their ranking, 11 still have a rating since they played some T20Is in the past three years. Mexico, Philippines and Isle of Man have played five matches so will regain their ranking when they play their next match, while France, Peru, Hungary, Samoa, Brazil, Chile and Turkey will regain their ranking after playing two more matches. Bhutan need to play four more matches to be ranked.

Fiji, Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, St Helena, China, Indonesia and Myanmar have not played since May 2019 and so have lost their rating.

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings (as on 4 May, following the annual update):

 

Rating

 

 

 

Ranking

 

 

 

old

new

change

old

new

change

Australia

119

128

9

 

1

1

0

India

118

119

1

 

2

2

0

New Zealand

115

111

-4

 

3

3

0

South Africa

102

110

8

 

4

4

0

Pakistan

93

93

0

 

6

5

1

England

97

88

-9

 

5

6

-1

Sri Lanka

81

81

0

 

7

7

0

West Indies

81

77

-4

 

8

8

0

Bangladesh

51

51

0

 

9

9

0

Zimbabwe

31

25

-6

 

10

10

0

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings (as on 4 May, following the annual update):

 

Rating

 

Ranking

 

old

new

Change

 

old

new

Change

New Zealand

122

125

3

 

1

1

0

England

119

124

5

 

2

2

0

Australia

112

107

-5

 

3

3

0

India

110

105

-5

 

4

4

0

Pakistan

97

102

5

 

6

5

1

South Africa

102

99

-3

 

5

6

-1

Bangladesh

93

95

2

 

7

7

0

Sri Lanka

81

87

6

 

8

8

0

West Indies

77

73

-4

 

9

9

0

Afghanistan

68

66

-2

 

10

10

0

Ireland

52

54

2

 

12

11

1

Scotland

52

50

-2

 

11

12

-1

UAE

33

39

6

 

15

13

2

Netherlands

35

38

3

 

14

14

0

Zimbabwe

41

35

-6

 

13

15

-2

Oman

30

32

2

 

16

16

0

Namibia

21

22

1

 

17

17

0

USA

17

19

2

 

19

18

1

Nepal

18

17

-1

 

18

19

-1

PNG

7

6

-1

 

20

20

0

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings (as on 4 May, following the annual update):

 

Old rating

New rating

Change

 

Old ranking

New ranking

Change

India

270

270

0

 

1

1

0

England

269

265

-4

 

2

2

0

Pakistan

264

261

-3

 

3

3

0

South Africa

253

253

0

 

5

4

1

Australia

251

251

0

 

6

5

1

New Zealand

255

250

-5

 

4

6

-2

West Indies

235

240

5

 

7

7

0

Bangladesh

231

233

2

 

9

8

1

Sri Lanka

229

230

1

 

10

9

1

Afghanistan

232

226

-6

 

8

10

-2

Zimbabwe

192

193

1

 

11

11

0

UAE

189

192

3

 

13

12

1

Nepal

189

185

-4

 

12

13

-1

Ireland

183

184

1

 

15

14

1

Scotland

185

183

-2

 

14

15

-1

Namibia

175

180

5

 

16

16

0

Oman

168

170

2

 

18

17

1

Netherlands

171

167

-4

 

17

18

-1

PNG

159

151

-8

 

19

19

0

Singapore

140

149

9

 

20

20

0

Canada

125

128

3

 

22

21

1

Jersey

123

128

5

 

23

22

1

Qatar

128

126

-2

 

21

23

-2

Hong Kong

121

116

-5

 

24

24

0

Uganda

108

114

6

 

25

25

0

USA

103

111

8

 

28

26

2

Bahrain

96

105

9

 

31

27

4

Kuwait

103

104

1

 

27

28

-1

Italy

104

102

-2

 

26

29

-3

Kenya

99

100

1

 

30

30

0

Malaysia

89

95

6

 

32

31

1

Saudi Arabia

100

94

-6

 

29

32

-3

Tanzania

82

90

8

 

35

33

2

Bermuda

88

88

0

 

33

34

-1

Germany

83

85

2

 

34

35

-1

Spain

76

84

8

 

38

36

2

Romania

68

74

6

 

40

37

3

Guernsey

72

73

1

 

39

38

1

Denmark

77

69

-8

 

36

39

-3

Cayman Islands

66

66

0

 

41

40

1

Nigeria

65

64

-1

 

42

41

1

Botswana

76

63

-13

 

37

42

-5

Belgium

56

56

0

 

45

43

2

Vanuatu

44

54

10

 

49

44

5

Portugal

43

54

11

 

50

45

5

Sweden

54

53

-1

 

46

46

0

Austria

58

53

-5

 

44

47

-3

Norway

61

53

-8

 

43

48

-5

Argentina

38

48

10

 

55

49

6

Malawi

37

45

8

 

56

50

6

Ghana

42

42

0

 

52

51

1

Finland

35

41

6

 

59

52

7

Luxembourg

38

40

2

 

54

53

1

Sierra Leone

33

33

0

 

60

54

6

Malta

31

31

0

 

66

55

11

Czech Republic

21

26

5

 

71

56

15

Cyprus

23

26

3

 

70

57

13

Bahamas

24

24

0

 

69

58

11

Belize

31

22

-9

 

65

59

6

Panama

26

21

-5

 

67

60

7

Rwanda

15

19

4

 

75

61

14

Greece

19

17

-2

 

73

62

11

Thailand

25

15

-10

 

68

63

5

Bulgaria

11

10

-1

 

77

64

13

Seychelles

9

9

0

 

79

65

14

Maldives

5

6

1

 

81

66

15

Mozambique

16

5

-11

 

74

67

7

Gibraltar

4

2

-2

 

82

68

14

Lesotho

0

0

0

 

84

69

15

Swaziland

0

0

0

 

85

69

16

Estonia

0

0

0

 

85

69

16

Serbia

0

0

0

 

85

69

16

(Developed by David Kendix)

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