ICC Test Team Rankings
Australia have been the biggest beneficiaries of England’s thumping series loss against India with Steve Smith’s men climbing up to second on the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test rankings after the 5th and final Test in Chennai.
The 4-0 scoreline in India’s favor was sealed by Ravindra Jadeja’s first ever seven-wicket haul in as single Test innings and Karun Nair’s shocking triple-century. It saw England falter from second to fifth position in the Test table. Australia moved up to second spot as a result while South Africa (third) and Pakistan (fourth) both moved up a position and now lie on 3rd and 2nd respectively.
Australia now sit just a place below top-ranked India, with a decent chance to increase their 105 ranking points tally with if they get a favorable result against Pakistan, after drawing first blood in the three-match series at the Gabba.
But the dominant performance of Virat Kohli’s side on their home turf has reaffirmed their status at the top of food chain. They elevated their ranking points total from 115 to 120, cementing a whopping 15-point lead over the Aussies.
England, having previously been at par with Australia before Tuesday’s latest update, lost four points but are five clear of sixth-place New Zealand.
Regardless of what happens over the next 10 days, India will head into 2017 as the top-ranked Test side with the ICC confirming the tables won’t be updated until the conclusion of Australia’s series with Pakistan in January. The side at the top of the rankings on April 1 2017 will receive US$1 million. The second-placed side will be awarded $ 500,000 while the third and fourth placed sides will receive $200,000 and $100,000 each.[table id=22 /]
ICC Test Batsmen Rankings
Kohli’s record-breaking knock at the Wankhede Stadium earned him 53 points. The 28-year-old moved to number two, behind Steve Smith, on the list. The Delhi batsman is currently ranked second in ODIs and first in T20Is. Other Indian players to improve their positions on the list include Murali Vijay and all-rounder Jayant Yadav. Vijay has moved up five places to 24th position after his innings of 136 runs during India’s first innings, while Yadav’s maiden century helped him move up 31 slots to 56th rank.
Kohli and Co will have another chance to boost their numbers when they play in the fifth and final Test, which is scheduled to start from December 16 in Chennai.
ICC Test Bowlers Rankings
Ashwin further consolidated his lead over Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath by 37 points. The 30-year-old spinner now sits at the top of the rankings with 904 points.[table id=14 /]
ICC Test Allrounders Rankings
Ravindra Jadeja closed the gap on Ben Stokes to just one point in the all-rounders’ list. The Indian all-rounder reached a career-best ranking of sixth among bowlers and sits at number four among all-rounders.[table id=15 /]