Australia has opened up a six-point gap over India at the top in the latest Test team rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday.
India now leads third-placed Pakistan by just one point following the annual update with the results from 2012-13 no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series weighted at 50 per cent.
Pakistan has benefitted from the annual update as defeat against South Africa by 3-0 in 2012-13 no longer counts, while the 2-0 loss to Sri Lanka in 2014-15 has its weighting reduced to 50 per cent.
Australian captain Steve Smith (Bottom C) holds the Trans-Tasman trophy with his team after winning the 2nd Test during day five of the second Test match between New Zealand and Australia at the Hagley Park in Christchurch in February. Pic/AFP
The annual Test update has resulted in South Africa dropping from third position to sixth after conceding 17 points. This is due to South Africa’s victories over England, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in 2012-13 all being dropped from the rankings calculations.
The annual update has also affected the West Indies, which has retained its eight position but has dropped from 76 points to 65 points. This is because its victories over New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2012-13 have all been dropped from calculations.
The gap between the West Indies and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points.
With Sri Lanka and Pakistan visiting England this summer for three and four Tests respectively, Australia traveling to Sri Lanka in July for three Tests and South Africa hosting New Zealand in August for two Tests, the series outcomes may well result in significant movements on the ICC Test Team Rankings.
Test Team Rankings (following annual update)
Rank* Team Points*
1(-) Australia 118(+6)
2(-) India 112(+2)
3(+1) Pakistan 111(+5)
4(+1) England 105(+3)
5(+1) New Zealand 98(+2)
6(-3) South Africa 92(-17)
7(-) Sri Lanka 88(-1)
8(-) West Indies 65(-11)
9(-) Bangladesh 57(+10)
*Figures in brackets denote changes in rankings and points post annual update