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Australia advance to the top of men's Test and T20I rankings

Australia have moved to the top of the Test and T20I rankings for men while England continue to lead the men’s ODI rankings after the annual update carried out on Friday, which eliminates results from 2016-17.
  • India displaced from top of Test list for the first time since October 2016; Pakistan slip in T20I rankings after 27 months as No. 1
  • England consolidate position on top of men’s ODI rankings, increasing lead over second-placed India 

In the latest update, that rates all matches played since May 2019 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent, Australia (116) have taken over from India as the top ranked side in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India are now third with 114 points.

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 was in January 2016, when India had led Australia and South Africa by a single point.

India yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since October 2016
India yielded the top spot in Test rankings for the first time since October 2016

India have yielded the top spot for the first time since October 2016. This is largely because India had won 12 Tests and lost just one Test in 2016-17, the records of which were removed in the latest update. 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.

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.

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

In the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, reigning World champions England (127) have increased their lead over India from six to eight points. New Zealand remain in third place, three points behind India. The top ten rankings remain unchanged.

England retain their No.1 position in ODI rankings
England retain their No.1 position in ODI rankings

By contrast, the updated MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings see plenty of changes. Australia (278) top the list for the first time since the T20I rankings were introduced in 2011. Pakistan, who had overtaken New Zealand to reach top position in January 2018 and then spent 27 months there, are now fourth with 260 points.

England have moved into second position with 268 points while India are up one place to third, just two points behind.

Afghanistan are down from seventh to 10th while Bulgaria are the biggest gainers, up 12 places to 51st in the 84-country list of teams that played the requisite six matches in the past three years.

When the global T20I rankings were launched 12 months ago, there were 80 ranked 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 having played insufficient matches.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 1 May 2020, following the annual update):

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

86 (+1)

8

West Indies

79 (-2)

9

Bangladesh

55 (-5)

10

Zimbabwe

18 (+1)

*Afghanistan (57) and Ireland (0) have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 1 May 2020, following the annual update):

Rank

Team

Points

1

England

127 (+3)

2

India

119 (+1)

3

New Zealand

116 (+1)

4

South Africa

108 (-6)

5

Australia

107 (-2)

6

Pakistan

102 (+4)

7

Bangladesh

88 (+1)

8

Sri Lanka

85 (+2)

9

West Indies

76 (-2)

10

Afghanistan

55 (-2)

11

Ireland

49 (-)

12

Netherlands

44 (+7)

13

Oman

40 (+6)

14

Zimbabwe

39 (-4)

15

Scotland

26 (-4)

16

Nepal

18 (-2)

17

UAE

17 (+3)

18

Namibia

17 (+1)

19

USA

13 (+1)

20

PNG

0 (-)

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings (as of 1 May 2020, following the annual update):

Rank

Team

Points

1

Australia

278 (+9)

2

England

268 (+1)

3

India

266 (+2)

4

Pakistan

260 (-10)

5

South Africa

258 (-1)

6

New Zealand

242 (-3)

7

Sri Lanka

230 (-2)

8

Bangladesh

229 (+2)

9

West Indies

229 (+3)

10

Afghanistan

228 (-5)

11

Zimbabwe

191 (-2)

12

Ireland

190 (+2)

13

UAE

186 (-)

14

Scotland

182 (-5)

15

Nepal

180 (-5)

16

PNG

179 (+3)

17

Netherlands

178 (-1)

18

Oman

176 (+2)

19

Namibia

157 (+4)

20

Singapore

142 (+5)

21

Canada

130 (+4)

22

Qatar

130 (+2)

23

Hong Kong

119 (-7)

24

Kenya

116 (+8)

25

Jersey

115 (+1)

26

Kuwait

110 (+1)

27

Italy

110 (-1)

28

Saudi Arabia

107 (-8)

29

Denmark

98 (-5)

30

Bermuda

92 (-)

31

Uganda

90 (+10)

32

Malyasia

88 (+2)

33

Germany

87 (+5)

34

USA

79 (-2)

35

Ghana

77 (-)

36

Botswana

72 (-7)

37

Guernsey

71 (+1)

38

Austria

69 (-1)

39

Nigeria

67 (+1)

40

Romania

67 (+5)

41

Norway

62 (-9)

42

Spain

59 (+1)

43

Sweden

56 (-2)

44

Tanzania

56 (-)

45

Cayman Islands

54 (-)

46

Argentina

51 (+6)

47

Phillipines

48 (-)

48

Bahrain

47 (-)

49

Vanuatu

47 (+4)

50

Belize

42 (-)

51

Bulgaria

41 (+12)

52

Hungary

41 (+11)

53

Malawi

40 (+5)

54

Czech Republic

36 (+8)

55

Fiji

35 (-)

56

Peru

33 (-2)

57

Panama

32 (-)

58

Luxembourg

32 (-7)

59=

Japan

32 (-)

59=

Costa Rica

32 (-)

61

Samoa

31 (-1)

62

Mexico

29 (-2)

63

Belgium

28 (-4)

64

Portugal

25 (+1)

65

Finland

23 (-)

66

Thailand

21 (-3)

67

South Korea

20 (-2)

68

Mozambique

14 (-5)

69

Brazil

14 (-3)

70

Bhutan

13 (-2)

71

Sierra Leone

12(-)

72

Maldives

10 (-1)

73

Chile

9 (-10)

74

St Helena

9 (-)

75

Indonesia

5 (+5)

76

Myanmar

4 (+1)

77=

Malta

0 (-8)

77=

Gibraltar

0 (-)

77=

Gambia

0 (-)

77=

China

0 (-)

77=

Turkey

0 (-)

77=

Eswatini

0 (-)

77=

Rwanda

0 (-)

77=

Lesotho

0 (-)

Cameroon, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Iran, Isle of Man, Israel, Russia and Serbia have also played some T20I matches but not enough to be on the rankings table

(Developed by David Kendix)