Australia overtakes India in ICC Test rankings, India still dominates ODI and T20I

In the T20I rankings, India remains the leader with 264 points, although their lead has been reduced from 11 to seven points, with Australia now trailing closely at 257 points.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) unveiled its annual update of the cricket team rankings this Friday, marking significant shifts and intense competition among the world’s cricketing powerhouses. Australia has dethroned India to claim the top position in Test cricket, while India continues to lead decisively in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

Australia’s rise to the summit in Test rankings was propelled by their emphatic 209-run victory over India in last year’s World Test Championship final at The Oval. This victory not only clinched the championship title but also boosted their rating to 124 points, putting them four points ahead of India, which now sits at 120 points. England remains in third place with 105 points.

Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager, remarked on the shifts seen in the rankings;

“This year’s rankings testifies to the dynamic nature of international cricket. Australia’s resurgence to the top of the Test rankings highlights their consistent performance and strategic prowess.”

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“Meanwhile, India’s stronghold in the limited-overs formats underlines their depth and versatility.”

The Test rankings reflect the latest performances, with the current evaluation period starting from May 2021. This methodology phased out India’s remarkable 2-1 series victory over Australia in January 2021, as results from May 2021 to May 2023 are weighted at 50 per cent, and those in the subsequent 12 months, including Australia’s championship win, are weighted fully.

Despite losing its crown in the Test format, India maintained its supremacy in white-ball cricket. The team has extended its lead in the ODI rankings, now sitting six points clear of second-placed Australia with 122 points. This is particularly impressive considering their recent loss to Australia in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup final, which ended a 10-match winning streak.

In the T20I rankings, India remains the leader with 264 points, although their lead has been reduced from 11 to seven points, with Australia now trailing closely at 257 points. England and South Africa are also making strong showings in the T20I format, underscoring the competitive spirit and shifting dynamics within international cricket.

Cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle commented on the rankings, “The ICC rankings are always a reflection of not just the skills on display but also the strategies and mental toughness of the teams.”

“Australia’s rise and India’s dominance in ODIs and T20Is showcase the high standards of cricket being played and the ever-changing narratives in the sport,”

Bhogle added.

As the cricketing world eyes these rankings, the clear message is the continuous evolution and fierce rivalry that define international cricket. Teams are not only battling for supremacy in individual matches but also for long-term dominance across all formats of the game. This ranking update sets the stage for another exciting year in world cricket, with all eyes on how teams adjust and respond to the challenges ahead.

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