Australia become world’s top Test and T20 side

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Australia have deposed India in the world Test rankings and Pakistan in the Twenty20 (T20) standings, the International Cricket Council said yesterday.

Just two points separate Australia (116), New Zealand (115) and India (114), who slipped to third position in the Test standings, with cricket across all formats suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

India had held the number one spot since October 2016.

Virat Kohli’s side stay top of the world Test championship between the top nine Test
sides, however.

In 2019 India claimed their first ever Test series win in Australia after 71 years of trying, but Australia remained unbeaten in the series that followed.

The return of Steve Smith and David Warner from ball-tampering bans also helped Australia retain the Ashes after levelling the series in England 2-2.

Australia, led by Tim Paine, then blanked Pakistan and New Zealand at home to cap off a successful season cut short by the coronavirus outbreak.

The annual update of the rankings eliminates results from the 2016-17 season when India won 12 and lost just one Test. The system also gives more weight to matches played since May 2019 than those of the previous two years.