Australia has ascended to the top spot in the ICC Test rankings, surpassing India. This shift comes after Australia briefly held the position following their victory in the World Test Championship in June. In the recent rankings update, both Australia and India shared a rating of 118, with India leading on points.
However, India’s rating dropped by one point due to their 1-1 draw in a two-match series against South Africa, resulting in Australia now securing the second position. Meanwhile, Australia maintained its 118 rating points after winning the first two Tests against Pakistan.
This change not only signifies Australia’s current dominance in Test cricket but also marks the end of India’s reign as the No. 1 team across all three formats. Last September, India achieved the remarkable feat of holding the top spot in men’s cricket across different formats.
In One Day Internationals (ODIs), India continues to hold the No. 1 position with a rating of 121, while Australia closely follows with a rating of 117. In Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), India leads with a rating of 265, maintaining a nine-point advantage over the second-placed England, who have a rating of 256.
Turning to individual player rankings, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam, and Suryakumar Yadav currently occupy the No. 1 positions as batsmen in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, respectively. Among the bowlers, three spinners – R Ashwin in Tests, Keshav Maharaj in ODIs, and Adil Rashid in T20Is – have claimed the top spots.
This comprehensive overview showcases the dynamic landscape of international cricket, reflecting the current standing of teams and players across various formats.