ICC Test Rankings: India regain No. 1 Test spot after overtaking Australia

Written by Vipin Darwade

 Following the annual update that drops results from the 2019-20 season and reflects all series completed since May 2020, India regained the number one position in the ICC men’s Test team rankings after overtaking Australia.

The rankings assess series completed prior to May 2022 at 50 per cent and subsequent series at 100 per cent and India’s rating points have moved up from 119 to 121 as their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in March 2020 no longer figures in the rankings.

India were last at the top for a month in December 2021.

Australia have slipped from 122 to 116 rating points as their home series wins over Pakistan (2-0) and New Zealand (3-0) in 2019-20 no longer figure in the rankings, while their 4-0 win over England in 2021-22 has its weighting halved to 50 per cent.

Australia, who take on India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2023 at The Oval from June 7, were the top-ranked Test side since January 2022. They grabbed the position with the 4-0 series win over England that helped them overtake New Zealand.

England remain in third position but the gap between them and the second placed side is reduced from 13 to two rating points owing to some consistent performances in recent months as well as reduced weightage of their 4-0 Ashes defeat and a 1-0 defeat in the West Indies,

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