In a dramatic turn of events, Australia has dethroned India to claim the top spot in the latest ICC men’s Test Rankings. This shift comes on the back of Australia’s outstanding performance in the ongoing three-match Test series against Pakistan, where they secured an unassailable 2-0 lead. The third match of the series is currently underway in Sydney.
Led by Pat Cummins, Australia’s rise to the top spot marks a remarkable resurgence for the team. This achievement follows their recent triumphs, including victory in the ICC World Test Championship Final and success in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
India, despite a commendable seven-wicket win against South Africa at Cape Town to draw the two-match series, has been displaced from the top position due to Australia’s strong showing against Pakistan. The drawn series in South Africa meant that India was leapfrogged by Australia in the rankings.
Despite this setback, India continues to lead the World Test Championship points table with 54.16 percentage points from four Tests, including two wins, one loss, and a draw. South Africa and New Zealand follow closely behind in the WTC table, with Australia in fourth place, each with 50 percentage points.
The ongoing third Test between Australia and Pakistan, coupled with the upcoming five-match Test series between India and England, is expected to bring further excitement and potential changes to the Test Team Rankings. These matches will not only determine the top-ranking team but also have implications for the ICC World Test Championship points.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the outcomes of these crucial matches, Australia’s ascent to the top spot stands as a testament to their exceptional performance and resilience on the field.
The battle for supremacy in Test cricket continues as teams strive to make their mark in the highly competitive arena of international cricket.