Australia consolidate top position in Test rankings after annual update

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

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Australia has increased their lead over second-placed India from one to nine rating points while Pakistan has overtaken England to the 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, has 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 before May 2021 are now weighted at 50 percent and subsequent series at 100 percent.

India has also gained a point to move to 119 while England has 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 are 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 has 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 remains 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 has 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 remains on top in T20Is, extending their lead over second-placed England from one to five points. South Africa and Australia have overtaken New Zealand, which is 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, the Philippines, and the 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 needs 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.

Latest ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings

Teams Old Rating New Rating Difference
Australia 119 128 9
India 118 119 1
New Zealand 115 111 -4
South Africa 102 110 8
Pakistan 93 93 0
England 97 88 -9
Sri Lanka 81 81 0
West Indies 81 77 -4
Bangladesh 51 51 0
Zimbabwe 31 25 -6

Latest ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings:

Teams Old Rating New Rating Difference
New Zealand 122 125 3
England 119 124 5
Australia 112 107 -5
India 110 105 -5
Pakistan 97 102 5
South Africa 102 99 -3
Bangladesh 93 95 2
Sri Lanka 81 87 6
West Indies 77 73 -4
Afghanistan 68 66 -2
Ireland 52 54 2
Scotland 52 50 -2
UAE 33 39 6
Netherlands 35 38 3
Zimbabwe 41 35 -6
Oman 30 32 2
Namibia 21 22 1
USA 17 19 2
Nepal 18 17 -1
PNG 7 6 -1

Latest ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings:

Teams Old Ratings New Ratings  Difference 
India 270 270 0
England 269 265 -4
Pakistan 264 261 -3
South Africa 253 253 0
Australia 251 251 0
New Zealand 255 250 -5
West Indies 235 240 5
Bangladesh 231 233 2
Sri Lanka 229 230 1
Afghanistan 232 226 -6
Zimbabwe 192 193 1
UAE 189 192 3
Nepal 189 185 -4
Ireland 183 184 1
Scotland 185 183 -2
Namibia 175 180 5
Oman 168 170 2
Netherlands 171 167 -4
PNG 159 151 -8
Singapore 140 149 9
Canada 125 128 3
Jersey 123 128 5
Qatar 128 126 -2
Hong Kong 121 116 -5
Uganda 108 114 6
USA 103 111 8
Bahrain 96 105 9
Kuwait 103 104 1
Italy 104 102 -2
Kenya 99 100 1
Malaysia 89 95 6
Saudi Arabia 100 94 -6
Tanzania 82 90 8
Bermuda 88 88 0
Germany 83 85 2
Spain 76 84 8
Romania 68 74 6
Guernsey 72 73 1
Denmark 77 69 -8
Cayman Islands 66 66 0
Nigeria 65 64 -1
Botswana 76 63 -13
Belgium 56 56 0
Vanuatu 44 54 10
Portugal 43 54 11
Sweden 54 53 -1
Austria 58 53 -5
Norway 61 53 -8
Argentina 38 48 10
Malawi 37 45 8
Ghana 42 42 0
Finland 35 41 6
Luxembourg 38 40 2
Sierra Leone 33 33 0
Malta 31 31 0
Czech Republic 21 26 5
Cyprus 23 26 3
Bahamas 24 24 0
Belize 31 22 -9
Panama 26 21 -5
Rwanda 15 19 4
Greece 19 17 -2
Thailand 25 15 -10
Bulgaria 11 10 -1
Seychelles 9 9 0
Maldives 5 6 1
Mozambique 16 5 -11
Gibraltar 4 2 -2
Lesotho 0 0 0
Swaziland 0 0 0