ICC news May 1, 2014

Australia reclaim No. 1 Test ranking

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On a day Michael Clarke called the most satisfying of his career, Australia returned to the No. 1 Test ranking for the first time in nearly five years, after the ICC's annual rankings update. Despite not having played a Test since their series win over South Africa in the first week of March, the Australians have edged ahead of South Africa because the rolling nature of the rankings system means results from 2010-11 have now been dropped.

Michael Clarke's men also hold the top position in the one-day rankings, meaning it is the first time since December 2008 that Australia have been No. 1 in both the Test and ODI formats. It is the first time since August 2009 that they have sat at the top of the Test rankings, having originally been displaced following their unsuccessful Ashes tour of England that year.

In Twenty20s, meanwhile, Sri Lanka, who were crowned World T20 champions just last month, lose the No. 1 ranking to India.

The annual update means results from 2012-13 are reduced to a 50% weighting, so Australia's home Ashes fiasco in 2010-11 and their six Test losses across two tours of India have now either disappeared entirely from the rankings or been devalued. Their home Ashes clean-sweep over the past summer and their 2-1 win in South Africa allowed them to move ahead of South Africa, who had been No. 1 since August 2012, by a fraction of a point.

India have suffered a significant fall, slipping from third down to fifth, while England and Pakistan have each gained a place, up to third and fourth respectively. New Zealand and Sri Lanka switched places, with New Zealand now ranked sixth in Tests and Sri Lanka down to seventh, while West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh remain unchanged at the bottom of the table.

However, Australia's immediate reign at No. 1 could be short-lived, with South Africa facing two Tests in Sri Lanka and one in Zimbabwe before Australia's next Test series, which is against Pakistan in the UAE in October. Still, the return to the top is a significant achievement after Australia slipped as low as fifth on the Test rankings in 2010 and 2011, and then went nine consecutive Tests without a win during 2013.

"The last two years have been extremely positive in some ways and there's been a number of tough times, and for a team that makes days like these even more special," Clarke said in Sydney. "As captain of this team over the last couple of years and what we've been through, I don't think I've had a more satisfying day or feeling in my career.

"It's so satisfying because of where we've come from. The fact two years ago we were ranked No. 5 in the world, as captain of the team I remember, it's still in the front of my mind what was written and said about us once we came back from India, we were named the worst Australian team to ever tour India and as captain that's the last thing you want to hear, that breaks your heart. To enjoy today and see the other side in a pretty quick turnaround from No. 5 in the world, I'm extremely proud of that."

Clarke and the coach Darren Lehmann have often said that Australia's goal was to achieve the No. 1 ranking in all three formats and while there is a significant way to go in T20, where they currently sit sixth, sitting on top in Test and ODIs is a considerable accomplishment.

"The players deserve a lot of credit. Our senior players have stood up and led the way over the past couple of years to turn things around. I've had a lot of help from [support] staff," Clarke said. "I think Darren Lehmann coming in in the last eight months has played a big part as well, his support has been fantastic. The power of within has been outstanding, to deal with what we went through in India and the Ashes and turn that around is a great feeling. And I think the public that watch us play see how close a group we are inside the camp.

"We've worked exceptionally hard to get here, we have to work even harder to stay here. The great teams have done that, the Australian team I walked into stayed at No. 1 for a long period of time and that was a sign of greatness. South Africa deserve a lot of credit for how long they've been No. 1 in the world, and we look up to teams like that so hopefully we can do exactly the same, find a way to perform at home and away from home as well."

James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said Clarke and Lehmann deserved plenty of credit for the results. "Everyone involved with the Australian team - players, coaches and support staff - should be incredibly proud of this achievement," Sutherland said. "There has been a huge amount of hard work and effort on and off the field to get to this point and it's something that those involved with the side should take time to savour.

"Australian cricket's team performance programme led by Pat Howard deserves considerable credit for this outcome. High praise needs to go to Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann for their excellent leadership."

In the ODI rankings, the only change to result from the annual update was that England and South Africa switched positions, with England up from fifth to fourth and South Africa down from fourth to fifth. Australia, India and Sri Lanka still occupy the top three spots in the one-day list.

Australia's success has had a considerable financial benefit for the players in addition to the prestige of their recent results. Performance bonuses tied to ICC rankings for the past 12 months and also overall in Tests and ODIs have delivered a total windfall of about $1.6 million to the team.

ICC Test Championship

1 May 2014
Team Matches Points Rating
1. Australia (+1) 32 3950 123
2. South Africa (-1) 23 2831 123
3. England (+1) 30 3131 104
4. Pakistan (+1) 20 2064 103
5. India (-2) 23 2343 102
6. New Zealand (+1) 26 2383 92
7. Sri Lanka (-1) 22 1986 90
8. West Indies 19 1442 76
9. Zimbabwe 8 322 40
10. Bangladesh 14 287 21

ICC ODI Championship

1 May 2014
Team Matches Points Rating
1. Australia 35 4020 115
2. India 53 5923 112
3. Sri Lanka 53 5890 111
4. England (+1) 36 3947 110
5. South Africa (-1) 32 3486 109
6. Pakistan 47 4716 100
7. New Zealand 31 3031 98
8. West Indies 40 3744 94
9. Bangladesh 23 1683 73
10. Zimbabwe 20 1228 61
11. Ireland 8 273 34
12. Afghanistan 9 304 34

ICC Twenty20 Championship

1 May 2014
Team Matches Points Rating
India 15 1963 131
Sri Lanka 22 2859 130
Pakistan 26 3194 123
South Africa 23 2785 121
Australia 22 2454 112
New Zealand 20 2196 110
West Indies 23 2520 110
England 23 2220 97
Ireland 12 1046 87
Bangladesh 16 1147 72
Netherlands 14 951 68
Afghanistan 12 743 62
Zimbabwe 11 573 52
Scotland 10 512 51

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • POSTED BY SugarFoot on | May 1, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    That is some gritty cricket played by the Aussies in the past year. If you whitewash the Ashes and pound the South Africans in the own backyard you deserve the ranking. Touring India , of course , is a place everyone struggles to conquer. Australia included. However, India struggle to win overseas in foreign conditions. They are masters of their own backyard but ordinary overseas. It should be an excellent test series when India tour Australia. Batsmen beware...Expect some short stuff from Mitchell Johnson. Teams like South Africa & Australia are far more all round world competitors as both teams have reasonable success home and away. The rankings are justified.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    back to where they belong!!!! and will stay there like true champions. but how in gods name are england 3rd???!!! they are lucky to be in the rankings at all but 3rd?!? seriously outrageous.

  • POSTED BY DickCam on | May 5, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @ IndianSRTfan,I am very much looking forward to seeing the Indian batsmens dance moves when Mitch and co start playing their 'chin music' later this year. It'll be a real hoot.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha: 'Massively doctored pitches?' When the visiting teams aren't able to compete even a little bit, these myths fly around. If you don't believe me, take a look at pitches for Australia's tour of India. Chennai, Hyderabad were exactly similar to what they have always been, Mohali was a flat deck and one day was lost to rain, yet Aussies lost under 4 days. Only real minefield was Delhi. Here's the real cherry, Australia won EVERY toss and BATTED FIRST every time. They didn't lose because of pitches, they lost because played awful cricket.

    And if by doctoring, you mean pitches were made to assist spin rather than letting them to be flat, what could be better than that? Flat pitch means tame draws in India 99/100. I want to see ball ripping and turning so that A.there's a result and B.only batsmen with skill to play spin will succeed here. As far as fast bowlers getting a fighting chance, 2 words 'reverse swing'. Don't believe me? Chk Steyn's record and performances in India.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @JG2704: Well my question is should bilateral ODIs matter as much as they do now? For me World Cup win and a CT win where a team competes with more than a single team is paramount and it should count more, for it needs more adaptation and skill.

    Whereas in bilateral ODI series by midway the game becomes almost formulaic. And here as well I'd like to see away wins count more. They really need to use the tier system in ODIs at least. Teams from tier 1 and 2 will still play each other as they do now so as to say the tier won't determine which teams can play each other but a series/match win against a tier 1 team will earn more points and if it's an away win, the team gets bonus points. That would put rankings in more context.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @fickspin: Some valid points but a couple of them are wrong. It's a myth that all the pitches used in domestic first class cricket in India are either flat tracks or turners. I'd request you to take a look at Ranji coverage on cricinfo to see it for yourself.

    For last 4 or so years many tracks were green tops! But this hasn't helped India produce fast bowlers. Why? It's simple really, on these green tops ordinary medium pacers have been able to get wickets without much of an effort or display of skill. More serious is the fact that these pitches are slowly contributing to the demise of genuine spinners on the domestic circuit. That to me is the biggest concern. So the popular opinion that India should simply prepare tracks suited to pace bowling in order to produce good bowlers is false

    Re Population, it's a naive argument. If that logic was true, why hasn't China produced a top 100m athlete with 1+ billion population whereas Jamaica does it regularly with population of 2.7 million?

  • POSTED BY letsgoproteas on | May 3, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Dropping Warner 9 times and gifting Johnson with a bouncing wicket lost SA that number one ranking. Shows how close the teams are at the top.

    SA will bounce back strong. We just need tests(game time) to do it...

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | May 3, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    It's a bit hard to say who is really the best team at present. I'd still go for SA on the basis of consistent results at home and OS. Te problem is that so many teams are crap as soon as they step into alien conditions. Australia still need to win in India - but did win in SL last time, and on slow wickets in the Windies (those games fell outside the current "assessment" period). NZ and SL are good in patches, but not threatening overall ( but good in short formats). India has deservedly fallen to number 5. The problem is that they massively doctor pitches at home, which exaggerates their abilities, and then they are absolutely awful as soon as they travel - 1 win from 12 on their recent jaunt to SA/NZ says it all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    it is difficult to understand the point table, country played 23 Matches are below the table & who played 32 matches are on the top

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Jerome Alexander on (May 2, 2014, 7:39 GMT) Personally I think SA should still be number 1 as their record looks better during this period (2011 to now) but what I will say is that the ICC rankings have nothing to do with how many games you play. The points gained is divided by the number of games played. If you look at the rankings table you will be able to work this out and also you will see that Eng have more points than SA so if more points meant higher up the table Eng would be ahead of SA

    please publish this time - nothing of offence , just politely explaining re the ranking system

  • POSTED BY SugarFoot on | May 1, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    That is some gritty cricket played by the Aussies in the past year. If you whitewash the Ashes and pound the South Africans in the own backyard you deserve the ranking. Touring India , of course , is a place everyone struggles to conquer. Australia included. However, India struggle to win overseas in foreign conditions. They are masters of their own backyard but ordinary overseas. It should be an excellent test series when India tour Australia. Batsmen beware...Expect some short stuff from Mitchell Johnson. Teams like South Africa & Australia are far more all round world competitors as both teams have reasonable success home and away. The rankings are justified.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | May 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    back to where they belong!!!! and will stay there like true champions. but how in gods name are england 3rd???!!! they are lucky to be in the rankings at all but 3rd?!? seriously outrageous.

  • POSTED BY DickCam on | May 5, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    @ IndianSRTfan,I am very much looking forward to seeing the Indian batsmens dance moves when Mitch and co start playing their 'chin music' later this year. It'll be a real hoot.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha: 'Massively doctored pitches?' When the visiting teams aren't able to compete even a little bit, these myths fly around. If you don't believe me, take a look at pitches for Australia's tour of India. Chennai, Hyderabad were exactly similar to what they have always been, Mohali was a flat deck and one day was lost to rain, yet Aussies lost under 4 days. Only real minefield was Delhi. Here's the real cherry, Australia won EVERY toss and BATTED FIRST every time. They didn't lose because of pitches, they lost because played awful cricket.

    And if by doctoring, you mean pitches were made to assist spin rather than letting them to be flat, what could be better than that? Flat pitch means tame draws in India 99/100. I want to see ball ripping and turning so that A.there's a result and B.only batsmen with skill to play spin will succeed here. As far as fast bowlers getting a fighting chance, 2 words 'reverse swing'. Don't believe me? Chk Steyn's record and performances in India.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    @JG2704: Well my question is should bilateral ODIs matter as much as they do now? For me World Cup win and a CT win where a team competes with more than a single team is paramount and it should count more, for it needs more adaptation and skill.

    Whereas in bilateral ODI series by midway the game becomes almost formulaic. And here as well I'd like to see away wins count more. They really need to use the tier system in ODIs at least. Teams from tier 1 and 2 will still play each other as they do now so as to say the tier won't determine which teams can play each other but a series/match win against a tier 1 team will earn more points and if it's an away win, the team gets bonus points. That would put rankings in more context.

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 3, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    @fickspin: Some valid points but a couple of them are wrong. It's a myth that all the pitches used in domestic first class cricket in India are either flat tracks or turners. I'd request you to take a look at Ranji coverage on cricinfo to see it for yourself.

    For last 4 or so years many tracks were green tops! But this hasn't helped India produce fast bowlers. Why? It's simple really, on these green tops ordinary medium pacers have been able to get wickets without much of an effort or display of skill. More serious is the fact that these pitches are slowly contributing to the demise of genuine spinners on the domestic circuit. That to me is the biggest concern. So the popular opinion that India should simply prepare tracks suited to pace bowling in order to produce good bowlers is false

    Re Population, it's a naive argument. If that logic was true, why hasn't China produced a top 100m athlete with 1+ billion population whereas Jamaica does it regularly with population of 2.7 million?

  • POSTED BY letsgoproteas on | May 3, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Dropping Warner 9 times and gifting Johnson with a bouncing wicket lost SA that number one ranking. Shows how close the teams are at the top.

    SA will bounce back strong. We just need tests(game time) to do it...

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | May 3, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    It's a bit hard to say who is really the best team at present. I'd still go for SA on the basis of consistent results at home and OS. Te problem is that so many teams are crap as soon as they step into alien conditions. Australia still need to win in India - but did win in SL last time, and on slow wickets in the Windies (those games fell outside the current "assessment" period). NZ and SL are good in patches, but not threatening overall ( but good in short formats). India has deservedly fallen to number 5. The problem is that they massively doctor pitches at home, which exaggerates their abilities, and then they are absolutely awful as soon as they travel - 1 win from 12 on their recent jaunt to SA/NZ says it all.

  • POSTED BY on | May 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    it is difficult to understand the point table, country played 23 Matches are below the table & who played 32 matches are on the top

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @Jerome Alexander on (May 2, 2014, 7:39 GMT) Personally I think SA should still be number 1 as their record looks better during this period (2011 to now) but what I will say is that the ICC rankings have nothing to do with how many games you play. The points gained is divided by the number of games played. If you look at the rankings table you will be able to work this out and also you will see that Eng have more points than SA so if more points meant higher up the table Eng would be ahead of SA

    please publish this time - nothing of offence , just politely explaining re the ranking system

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 3, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @dungerbob - Ctd - not sure if away results count more or not. IMO they should do.

    For the record , I'm not saying Australia are not the best side in the world at the moment and I think long term - with the retirement of several key SA batsmen they could even pull away - I just don't see that their results in the whole 2 year period are better than SA's

    please publish this time - nothing of offence

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 3, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    @fguy

    thier is nothing better in cricket than a test match on the sub- continent than 2 spinners and a handful of men around the bat

    you are right australia will struggle against pakistan

    but when it comes to pitch diversity australia has the most diverse, including 2 pitches that spin (sydney and adelaide)

    the reason i suggest that india have pitch diversity is to help india.

    india has 20 first class teams & 20 pitches very similar,

    if the had 10 batting pitches, 5 pitches that suit spin bowler and 5 pitches that are fast and bouncy and suit fast bowling

    i dont care if australia tour india and play 4 test on 4 turning pitches ( it makes sense to play to india's advantage)

    but it will help indian 1st class players play games on fast bouncy pitches, and when india tour the world they will get use to fast bouncy pitches and win series away from home

    population does matter, how can a country with a 1 billion people( india) fail to beat a country with 4 million people( new zealand

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 3, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    No disrespect for any of the teams that are on top.... But ICC have to have a transparent algorithm defined and continue. Rather than changing algorithms to bring certain teams on to the top of tables.... This ratings and algorithms seems to be a child of BIG THREE....

  • POSTED BY JJJake on | May 3, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    The turn around in this side since boof took over is remarkable. Batsman have scored 17 test centuries in 8 tests.

    Couple of interesting facts since our resurgance at the start of the Ashes: Combining both test series, 5 v England and 3 v South Africa: Australia has scored 5135 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 321/innings. Opposition has scored 3803 runs in their 16 innings at an average of 238/innings. Australia has secured 17 centuries in these matches Opposition has secured 4 centuries in these matches. Warner scored 1066 runs @74.3 Australia has lost 123 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 42 runs/wicket Opposition has lost 153 wickets out of 160 in their 16 innings costing 25 runs/wicket Australia declared in 8/16 innings Opposition declared in 1/16 innings Johnson took 59 wickets @ 15.7

  • POSTED BY poms_have_short_memories on | May 3, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    To coin a term from a long forgotten English poster (@FFL), normal service has resumed!!

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | May 2, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Australia is cricket's Brazil, Germany and Spain put together!

  • POSTED BY itischandu on | May 2, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    @Sugarfoot : You are right that the Aussies played witty cricket in last 6 months . But , these rankings include the performance in the last 1 year and Austraila , I believe played a total of 17 test matches ; lost 4 against India (in India), 3 against England (in England) , 1 against SAF (in SAF) . So, they have actually WON only two test matches overseas. I am not trying to take away any credit from Austraila for winning the Ashes in home !! . But , how can a team be No.1 test side by winning only 7 test matches out of 17 !! . Some kind of rationality should exist in these rankings .

    Same goes with India , cannot understand how India got No.1 ranking in T20 . They hardly won any games in T2OI's and the recent T20 WC is the only time , they made any substantial progress in T20 games !!! . I hope ICC makes this "algorithm" of ranking more transparent .

  • POSTED BY fguy on | May 2, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @flickspin - yes, population is equal to performance in sports. great logic there mate. thats why country like Jamaica does well in athletics or Kenya in marathons. they have huge populations, dont they?! China is great in soccer too in your world of logic

    @CustomKid - & if ACB dont prepare spinning tracks Oz will continue to get "pantsed" on SC tours like they have been in their past tours to India. if you forgot, a reminder is awaiting you against Pak.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | May 2, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    @smub99 - actually if you checked facts India do not play a "crazy amount of cricket" at home. the only cricket we play at home regularly is ipl & thats not reflected in the ratings. we dont even have a regular international home season. case in point in 2013-14, if the WI series wasnt scheduled last minute we wuld have played only 7 odis against Aus total. & when bcci talks about formalising a regular home international season all other boards cry in protest coz they know that means that they'll be deprived of cash flow from a india tour. i think that we need a regular nov-jan season at home (just like Oz & SA have & i dont care how they work it out as thats the best time weather wise to play & watch cricket at home).

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | May 2, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia. Wrong analysis sugerfoot. You cannot say that most teams struggle in India and then say Australia and SA do well at home and outside. People disregard India's performances in sub-continent. Also, I don't think SA ever one a test series against Australia at home. India struggles against fast pitches; and SA and Australia struggle against spin. So, this whole thing of home and overseas series is about pitches. SA pitches and Aussie pitches are similar. India, and SL pitches are similar. If Australia makes a spin track the India is going to win and likewise, if India prepares a bouncy track then Australia is going to win in India. I think, overtime, these advantages are not going to hold. After all, SA lost a series on fast track at home and barely managed to win against India (thanks to Kallis, who was not playing against the Aussies). I think #1 ranking will change a few times over next 3-5 years. I don't see any team with significant advantage.

  • POSTED BY fguy on | May 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    despite the ratings i feel SA are slightly ahead of Aus. Oz lost very recently 0-4 in conditions foreign to them (which everyone keeps saying should be the main criteria) just like they will lose to Pak where SA drew 1-1. am sure SA would've given a tougher fight in India. Oz wining in SA is a good result but not great as conditions are akin to home. it's like if Ind were to win in SL or elsewhere in SC. i'm sure all India haters would say that its nothing great.

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | May 2, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Well done Australia. Thrashing a strong England team was good but beating SA at home was a rich prize. Now that SA are facing so many retirements their stocks will lessen. I am surprised SL is ranked so low at 7. India are the ones we always think of. Strong at home on their low slow wickets, but even NZ beat them on wickets with any bounce at all. They will always struggle in other countries, until they change their pitch preparation processes at home to give more balance and experience for their players. Then watch out! They will do well. However, if they don't re-calibrate pitch preparation a bit at least, and keep these rolled soil tracks that make average spinners look like world beaters, they will always be lambs abroad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    @RohanMarkJay, yep I also hope SL do well in England. The last time I saw them, they were playing out a dull draw at Lords (better than their spectacular last minute collapse in the first test!) That said, I also hope that they learned the lesson of Sharjah: play positively! If England is demoralised, or even just nervous, then that's all the more reason to pile on pressure.

    And for SL fans, upset about the T20 ranking. Like Lord Buddha says: don't worry, be happy. The rankings say SL is slightly behind IND. I say SL is slight ahread of IND. Either way, it doesn't really matter.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    @dungerbob - You are certainly one of the most balanced Aus posters on here. Shaggy and Chris_P being the 2 others on this thread.

    I have to say , I don't believe that Australia have a better record than SA in this period. In fact statistically they don't. But I'm certainly not saying the rankings are a total disgrace - just that when I look at the records in this time period SA's does look much better - better win ratio , lost less games/series and I think you look at how each team did vs other teams SA come out level or above Aus every time. However I guess it depends on who you beat and when you beat them. I mean if Aus won 5-0 before they lost 3-0 to Eng they'd have got less points as Eng would have been less points above Aus and Aus would have stood to gain less points because of it. But ironically losing 3-0 prob increased their points potential for the return leg.?

    please publish this time

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 1, 2014, 13:21 GMT) Personally I've always thought Australia were on a par (fluctuating up and down) with England and India and they may well have won 3-0 (like we did) without him in the side. Fact is he is Australian and I'm sure anyone can say the same about another team if their top player was missing. How Will Eng do without either Swann or KP (esp the former let alone both) ? How would Pakistan do without Ajman , SA without Steyn , India without Kholi ....?

  • POSTED BY armchairjohnny on | May 2, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Cricket lovers deserve better than this nonsensical, arbitrary rankings system. Neither players nor fans take this system seriously. Until a functional test championship or league-based system is implemented, we will forever have to make to with subjective winners instead of objective ones.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    It's strange to become no 1 without a match played for 2 r 3 months.

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    At last, the rankings reflect the true nature of world cricket at present. But, due to the inherent tolling nature of the rankings, there are going to be times when they look a bit out of sync with reality. India's position under each category is a very good indication of the importance given to test cricket by the BCCI and the team management (specifically the captain).

    I don't think India could do worse in test cricket, under a different captain. I would say replace Dhoni with Virat as the Test captain and play Dhoni only if he merits a place in the line up because of his skills.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    @drrao.nit. David Warner player of series against South Africa, not Johnson

  • POSTED BY trueindian on | May 2, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    The ICC ranking is flawed in one respect I guess. It rejects results from the previous year altogether. So when Aus had their worst period and SA had a great one, by cancelling that year itself, Aus moved on to number 1 ranking. Looking at form-wise, this seems a little bit ridiculous. On the other hand, SA, just by losing those precious positive results, lose their coveted position which I suppose is a harsh one. Instead what I propose is that ICC should consider a weekly or monthly update of results instead of the whole yearwise update that is done now. It will ensure that one bad series will not ensure the collective losing of points. If one loses a series to a lower-ranking team, it will only lose that number of points which the points system already takes care of. I hope the ICC looks into it.

  • POSTED BY kris2976 on | May 2, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    I think the ranking should be taken in consideration with how many matches the team has played in a year. If you see Australia has played more matches than any other competitor teams. This applies to all formats of the game. So, ICC should see that all teams should play same number of games by end of the year to claim the number position. They should follow the football standings like English premier league and champions league by home and away wins.

  • POSTED BY drrao.nit on | May 2, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Not to think much about australias 1st rank. Becoz of a single person(Johnson) they have got it otherwise just remove johnson name from the team and lookinto the team performance. Still RSA is the best test team in the world

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | May 2, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Other than helping to pad out a thread on Cricinfo and, perhaps sorting out the seeding for tournaments, there is little point to the rankings so far as the ODIs and T20s are concerned. India hold the 2 major ODI trophies, and SL the T20 World Cup, so I reckon that gives these nations, and their supporters bragging rights in those two formats: It would nice to have a Test championship, but the chances of that ever happening seem to grow slimmer by the day.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | May 2, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Also many Congratulations to Australia for reaching number 1 status. Just reward for playing very well in recent times. Yes as someone said Australia has spent something like more than 74 months continuously without being challenged in the number 1 rankings in the 1990s and early 2000s. So it is not strange for them to be ranked number 1 in test and one day formats. So fully deserved again. Congrats Australia.

  • POSTED BY arvija on | May 2, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka was no.1 team at the beginning of World T20, they lost only one match and won that championship. After that SL or India didn't play any T20 internationals BUT their rankings have changed!! Sorry, doesn't make any sense!!

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | May 2, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    @ Adrian Ratnapala I totally agree with you. However they Australia fully deserve their number 1 ranking. They played superb cricket in Australia and thumped England comprehensively in all departments. It was so bad that now Sri Lanka has genuine chance of winning a more than one test match test series against a very weak and demoralized England side in England. So all Sri Lankans thank Australia for their ashes performance in Australia last time. I believe as a result Sri Lanka has a genuine chance of doing very well on this England tour. Good luck Sri Lanka on the test series in England.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 2, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    Remove Bang and Zim. In 20 years they have only produced ONE world class player, Andy Flower, and ONE who can be considered Test class, Heath Streak. The rest of their cricket is rot, Hayden and Sanga's 300s are meaningless.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 2, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Aus is currently playing awesome.... they have picked up their game during past 15 months & the reason for that is they have played positively throughout, under guidance of coach Lehmann... and of course can't forget the heroics of Johnson !!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    @andrew-schulz on (May 2, 2014, 2:39 GMT) PS if Eng got big points for beating India (because of their higher ranking) then they would have got hardly any points for beating Bangladesh. They would hardly have climbed much with the points from beating such a lowly ranked side. Re The WI defeat away (was poor I agree) and the NZ result (were before the time period so weren't counted). If 2008 or 2008/9s results were counted then there's no way Eng would have been number 1

    But the facts are that besided the Bangladesh series which you put much emphasis on England only drew one series in that period (AWAY) to SA and won every other series Aus home and away , Pak (h) , SL (h) , India (H)

    I'd say you'd struggle to find a better set of results from any side over a 2 year period. Yes it was short lived and we were poor before and have generally been poor since but in that 2 year period we were a very decent side

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    @bored_iam on (May 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT) I've tried posting re results to others in this period and hopefully ESPN will publish this time. The thing is SA have a significantly higher win ratio to Aus in this time period and you say winning should be rewarded (not staying undefeated) which I agree with but if a team gets rewarded for a big win they should equally be punished for heavy defeats. During this period Aus have been whitewashed 4-0 by India and beaten 3-0 by England and yes I know the Eng result was flattering but those are the facts.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @Mitty2/ disco_bob / SoyQuearns -

    I agree that SA don't have the ruthless mindset which would have served them better and while I agree that Aus are probably the best test side out there right now do you guys think that their record is better than SA's since/inc 2011?

    Apologies if I have anything wrong as it is a pure oversight but I make it that in series dated 2011 to now (not counting 2010/11 as I don't believe they count and I think Aus would be worse off anyway) I make it that Aus have won 19 from 37 and SA 15 from 26 which if correct DB means SA have a better win ratio

    please publish this time - nothing of offence to anyone - Purely factual

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    To me no team currently is supreme in whatever format they play. Once a team achieve / maintain a fair winning record both in its home and foreign condition shall consider no.1. At present there is none so!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut on (May 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT) And well deserved too. In this time period your side drew away against the ICC newly ranked number 1 side , beat India and were unlucky not to beat England at home

    please publish this time - absolutely no reason not to

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @ andrew-schulz - If you actually look at the results that happened in that particular period (beginning of 2009 not 2008/9) England had a far better record than SA. SA only won 1 series in that period up til Eng beat India to become number 1 - 2-0 away to WI and drew all the rest. England only drew 1 series away in SA and won all the rest inc in Australia and 4-0 at home to India. Please check out the results and tell me that SA's results in that period were better. Re points recd vs India - it was apparent beforehand that Eng needed to win the series by 2 tests to get the number 1 ranking and beforehand India were number 1 and SA themselves drew (couldn't beat) vs India in the 2 previous series and Eng won 4-0. If you're saying that the period should include results from further back then SA should have been ahead no arguments but from 2009-11 Eng had a way better record than anyone. The WI and NZ results were before 2009 so did not count. And I need to grip?

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    well let SA play 9 tests so they are level with AUS in number of games then we see who is no 1..........its terrible that SA hardly play tests......holding the talent back because the other teams are scared.......surely a team who has played fewer tests should be number 1 if the points ranking is the same?

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | May 2, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Thosar; How quickly people forget Australia beating South Africa? As for England I suspect they are in front of India because they beat India at home and away as or the whipping in AUstralia they just mirrored Indias performance.

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | May 2, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    well deserved by australian... just wished ppl would give credit whenever any team tops the charts, like when india did for 2 years 2-3 years ago....

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | May 2, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Let's get this point straightened, shall we? After winning the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka who ranked first before th WC have dropped a place and are now second!!! Perfect ICC logic, rankings makes so much sense now, thank you!

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | May 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @SoyQuearns: Great point mate: "Winning" is rewarded, not "not losing". But I'd still think it was a bit tough on the Saffas. They've had a great record since 2008: probably the best by a mile. But with the departure of Smith & Kallis and the dip in Amla's form, Australia currently on top IMO. Being an Indian fan, I'm really disappointed that they've become HORRIBLE away from home. I really hope they can improve that soon. This is their best chance. As @dunger.bob pointed out, draw or win against higher ranked teams (Eng in Eng, Oz in Oz coming up) they have a chance to do that. They have the potential, but they really need to quit being underachievers.

  • POSTED BY fairfan70 on | May 2, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    At least the number 1 and number 5 ranks in tests seems to be appropriate for their current level of performance and skills the teams possess (from an Indian fan).

  • POSTED BY InfiniteWhite on | May 2, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    I remember when Australia was number one and every other team hunted Australia down. Oh, what an exciting period in cricket history. Full of exciting series and legendary players...Now I'm ready to see a two-horse race between Aus and SA. Aus will struggle against Pakistan in UAE, so will SA in SL. Bring it on!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    The rankings seem fair. Being an Indian, I think No 5 is correct based on the current performances. It may go down further considering that we have an England and Australia tour. But since both those teams are ranked already higher than India, 5-0 and 4-0 will not make much difference as per the ranking system considering the difference between India and NZ from points POV. Australia did well. But they owe it to only one man - Mitchell Johnson. I want to see how Aus can perform if Johnson gets injured or out-of-form (I hope for cricket lover's sake that he does'nt get injured. But still just thinking what will happen to Aus in such a case). He has been the difference between Aus and other Top teams. Against India, even bowlers like Peter Siddle or Ryan Harris will do. But against top team like SA,Mitchell Johnson makes the difference.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | May 2, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    JG2704. When you are talking about number one you have to look at the performances of more than one side SA should have been well ahead at no 1 after the English summer of 2011. They had only lost to Australia, and had a massively better home record than England. Fact is England nudged ahead because they played four Tests in a row against Bangladesh the previous year, and then received far more points than they should for a whitewash against India. They had lost away to the Windies, which is utterly pathetic. The Ashes, Bangladesh and New Zealand were the only away wins they could point to. Get a grip, mate, they were nowhere near number one. (Mind you, it was great for the marketing of the game to have England, and then India, think they were number one for a brief moment.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | May 2, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    well aus are back where they belong, a bit prematurly though!! the rankings are indeed flawed. better to have a league table that reflects simply the last home and the last away test series played between all teams and with equal rating given to all series regardless of how long its been since any 2 teams last met!!! for me south africa should still be the no. 1 test side. australia still have to beat eng and india away and the saffers at home to be undisputed no. 1 in my opinion!!!

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | May 2, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    The greatest cricketing nation in history at the top of the rankings. Cricket is in a great place right now.

  • POSTED BY JAH123 on | May 2, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    It's laughable to see some of the sour grapes people post about the rankings system on here. Australia had a poor period last year against India and England and everyone went on about how terrible they were - completely ignoring the fact that Aus were battling it out with SA 6 months earlier for the #1 spot (and narrowly lost in a series where they were on top for most of it). I do sympathise with SL fans about the T20 final not having enough weight but the test rankings are accurate (no tournaments to worry about). Aus just belted Eng (3rd) and outplayed SA (2nd) in SA. They have weaknesses like every other team but they are now loaded with potential matchwinners (Warner, Clarke, Smith, Johnson, Harris) and their 2nd-tier players have really stepped up.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | May 2, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    ... cont.

    Re. Whether there should be extra points for winning away from home. At first glance I thought that should be the case but the more I thought about it the more I've come to believe that the ICC have got it right. .. It's an absolute can of worms and I don't think they should touch it.

    The reason I say that has already been mentioned a couple of times here by different posters. One bloke said 'but Aus beating SA in SA isn't all that great because the conditions are so similar', or something to that effect. And that's the problem right there. Away conditions are not universally hostile. Some places are harder to adapt to than others and that's a problem if you start talking about away win bonuses. .. it's just too damn debatable and teams could manipulate that by only playing in certain places where conditions are similar to home.

    It's better to the way it is. No bonus is better than the mess we'd have if they brought it in.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    India where they belong I'm afraid. They were completely neutralised by New Zealand

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 2, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    And just quickly - I must start by saying I love SAF in cricket. Their players are hugely interesting and, individually, very good players.

    But they lack the killer instinct. I refer to that series where they almost chased 400+ against India then abandoned at the last hurdle. That's the difference between #1 & #2 - win at all costs.

    The whiners on here saying 'SAF have lost 1 series in 9 years' are missing the point - the rankings system (rightly) acknowledges the most successful team (in terms of wins, not in terms of how many times they don't lose).

    Aust have lost some series in the last few years, heck some of them heavily (in India, and even in Eng), but they thundered India 4-0 last they were here, embarrassed Eng in the most recent Ashes (sending them into a state of utter and hilarious disarray) and beat the GIGANTIC SAF side at home.

    Sure, it was a 3-test series, but we can only win what is put in front of us. Blame the admins for the scheduling.

    #1 baby, Test & ODI!

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | May 2, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    There are two shining examples of how to climb the rankings in this lot. The first is NZ. They jumped a couple of spots on the back of a drawn series with England and a series win over India. Both of those teams were ranked higher than NZ and that's the key to the whole thing. .. If you beat or at least draw against higher ranked teams you get big points. Hanging on for drawn series or just scraping by (1-0 say) against lower ranked teams doesn't earn you many brownie points and that's what's happened to South Africa. They simply haven't been winning as well as they should have and it's cost them.

    The second example of how to do it is, of course, Australia. We didn't just beat a higher ranked team (Eng) we murderised them 5-0. That earns you big big points because it's very difficult to do. To follow that up with a 2-1 win over the top ranked side also picked up massive points. .. So there it is ladies, that's how it's done. .. cont.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 2, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    @Daniel Powell on (May 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT), There's plenty of room for Australia to 'step it up' too.

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 2, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    @Facebook Poster (May 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT) - yawn, pathetic attempt to undermine a highly talented Australian team.

    Face it mate - we are back and it's only going to get better.

    3 of our top 6 batsmen are in the top 12 in the world rankings (including Warner at #5 and Clarke at #9). Warner is easily the best test opener in the world at the moment (sounds outrageous? Look through the listing...who you want instead? Ali Cook? Peter Fulton? Duck-boy Dhawan?)

    Furthermore Rogers continues to impress and surprise (refer his most recent county innings and also his #19 spot in the world rankings).

    Then Harris (#2 in the world) and Johnson (#4 in the world). Heck, Siddle is ranked 10th in the world and can't even get a game for us!

    Even Lyon, who continues to improve, sits at a comfortable 21st.

    So, speaking factually, you are obviously wrong there. The numbers prove we have a world-class bowling lineup and a high-end batting lineup.

    So many pathetic whiners. It changes nothing. #1 baby!

  • POSTED BY Desiboi80 on | May 2, 2014, 0:34 GMT

    Those who are crying about Srilanka being dropped to no. 2 in T20, did you not read the article or you just have problem understanding? These ratings are based on over the time and while they give more weight to recent series, past series holds value as well and some from 2010-2011 were completely dropped out now. It's possible that Lanka had some wins and India had some losses in those years that just go dropped. During the WC, India played against teams that were higher on ranking so probably collected more points winning against those teams than the group Lanka played in and lost one game during the first round as against India who won all 4 games.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | May 1, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Lol daniel powell. If you are suggesting the cricket Aus has played over the last eight tests is 'fourth rate', I can only assume you're new to the game. Or extremely bitter. Or highly ignorant. Probably a combination. And even if it is fourth rate, it's still an improvement. Remember when a sixth rate english team was ranked number 1?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 21:52 GMT

    Though Pakistan is not playing at home ground, but her rating in Test, ODI & T20 is not bad.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 1, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    People the rankings are done over a rolling period of time. Yes, SA haven't lost many games but as time moves on, games and series get wiped out. You also must remember that you get points dependant on who you play, ie if you beat the best team in there country you will gain max points. As for the SL fans, winning a tournament doesn't guarantee no1. It's consistancy over time. This is why it is harder to stay at the top than jump up the rankings. If we take all the emotion out of it, it actually makes sense.

  • POSTED BY thozar on | May 1, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    @Mudith Eranda and @Mohamed Ifraz, it is a rolling system. As days progress, old results get less points and only new results matter. Although SRL won the world cup, their overall record in the period in consideration is not as good as India's. In tests and ODIs, on the other hand, it is totally confusing. Australia had lost 2 series in the last 1 year and won 2. How come they are on top? No one knows.

  • POSTED BY thozar on | May 1, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    This ranking system is a joke. How come Australia who lost badly to India and England just one year ago is at the top of the rankings? How come England who got cleaned up in Australia are ranked above India? And, whatever did Pakistan do to claim 4th place? The good ranking system for tests should be SA, India, Australia, New Zealand, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh in that order. India should be ranked #1 in ODIs. We are the world champions and champions trophy winners along with winning so many other trophies. What did Australia do other than whipping England and that also at home? T20 ranking is the only one that reflects the true strength of the teams. I am not saying this because I am an India fan and India are on top. It is because it is a fact. I know some people will point out our defeat in SA and NZ. But what they forget is that India did really well on both tough tours and almost won both the series.

  • POSTED BY BillyCC on | May 1, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Australia beat the No.1 side on their home turf which is a great effort. But to be a genuine number one, they need to consistently win at home and away from home. India, England and South Africa were not genuine number ones either during their stint at the top of these rankings. South Africa had some claim but could never win in the subcontinent, only draw. Only the Aussie sides of the mid 90s and 00s, the Windies sides of the 80s and early 90s and the Aussies of the 70s were genuine number ones.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | May 1, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    The differences are so small that it does not really make sense to differentiate. It should therefore read as top group, second group, etc Tests: Top group: Aus, SA Second: Eng, Pak, Ind Third: NZ, SL 4th: WI 5th: Zim, Ban

    ODIs: Top group: Aus, Ind, SL, Eng, SA Second: Pak, NZ Third: WI 4th: Bang 5th: The rest

    T20s: Top: Ind, SL Second: Pak, SA Third: Aus, NZ, WI 4th: Eng 5th: The rest

    When put this way, I think it generally reflects recent performance.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | May 1, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Not sure if we deserve #1, we are still well short of where we need to be player wise, but certainly the rankings (mostly) reflect current form. As pointed out by others, it is still very volatile at the top and can't really see any one term establishing a grip long term as #1. NZ is definitely on the climb up & the coming tour to Australia will establish where India will be heading. The Aussies have got a tough ask against Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY prv_hc on | May 1, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    All the Sri Lankan fans are whining about the T 20 rankings!Just look at the rankings that really matter.Both SL and India are a disgrace.You have no problem with being 7th in the Test rankings?India are whitewashedas soon they step out of the sub-continent,and Sri lanka cannot win anywhere

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Australia should widen the gap between themselves and the second placed team over the next two years, especially with Boof in charge. Plenty of exciting young quick bowlers around to go with the likes of Warner & Smith. The future is golden.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | May 1, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    @Mudith Eranda: Did it occur to you that the points that came out right after the WC may have been wrong? India was just ahead in the rankings going into the WC. And then India and SL won the same number of matches. India's only loss came against SL and SL's only loss came against the 8th ranked England. If this ranking is purely based on win count, it is correct that India is ranked higher. I do however agree that the final game should hold more weight than the other games. Anyway, it's only T20, not that important.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | May 1, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    I frankly feel too much fuss is made out of Aus recent win in SA. The conditions there are pretty similar to that in Aus which is reflected by the fact that since their readmission in '92, SA have never won a home series against Aus and at the same time played much better in Aus than other teams and also won the last 2 series in Aus.

    As an analogy, among subcontinental teams, not much credit is taken if SL wins tests in Pak/UAE or vice versa or India wins in SL and so on. True test for subcontinental teams lies in touring Eng, Aus, SA. Similarly, true test for Aus (and SA as well) lies in touring Eng and the subcontinent and on that account SA have been far better than Aus in the last few years.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    @Ashokdmightyindian on (May 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT) No they don't. I'd say any balanced fan would make Aus slight favourites due to the form they are in but know that Pakistan are a real threat to ANY side on their own turf

    @ThePacifist10 on (May 1, 2014, 9:05 GMT) PS - So if we are talking about fighting hard would you say that India fought hard in their away series in England and Australia in this period

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    @ IndianSRTfan on (May 1, 2014, 14:57 GMT) Problem is that if WC/CT counted for everything then alot of sides might not bother too much in the standard ODI series. I'm not sure if ODI/CT form counts more than standard series results etc - I think it should but it shouldn't be the be all and end all.

    @wellrounded87 on (May 1, 2014, 5:40 GMT) Isn't 2010-11 in the last 5 years and if so didn't they suffer a home defeat to England?

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | May 1, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Back on top where we belong. What a team. We probably are the World XI anyway. ABdeV might make it in.

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | May 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    I think everyone pretty much realizes that SA are still the true no 1 although not by a huge margin. They lost to Aus at home, fine but defeated Aus in Aus last 2 times they toured there. If one takes out those mutual tours, SA won in Eng, drew in Ind on their last tours while Aus lost badly in both places so SA is clearly a better side for all conditions.

    For India, the no 5 ranking should suit well before the Eng tour. In 2011, they toured as the no 1 side, Eng were at 2 and there were great expectations. This time starting as underdogs, India will feel far less pressure and hopefully put up a much better performance.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | May 1, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    Australia back to its rightful position of top of all trees that matter.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Very satisfying to see Pakistan at 4th with a potential 3rd place in sight!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Such absolute rubbish. The ranking system is so laughable that it barely carries any weight and meaning to the fans. And also probably the players.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    This ranking system is a JOKE!!!

  • POSTED BY shakeena on | May 1, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Oh my god how on earth Sri Lanka in the 2nd place ??? The World Champions ?? and we were at top before the World Cup !!!

    Ah and I got it as my little brother just explained to me "you have to loose the world cup to claim the number 01 spot according to ICC"

    But The whole world knows deep down in their hearts that even we were given the number 10 spot in the rankings Sri Lankan cricket team is the hardest to beat !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    how is it even possible SL was 133 points and india were 130 points after WC!!without even playing a match SL lost 3 points and India gained 1 points how on earth how on earth ?do they add points for playing in IPL?no decrease points for not playing?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    after t20 wc sri lanka got 133 and india got 130. how on earth sl lost 3 points and india claim a point without playing a single match..????????

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 1, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    QUICK..

    next team to play SA,,,,, lose alllll your games .....

    It is for the best !

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    That a fourth rate side like Australia is at the top of the rankings really is a damning indictment on the quality of cricket played by the other nations. Step it up, gentlemen.

  • POSTED BY eekamran on | May 1, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Pakistan lost all matches in ODI ICC champions trophy that is why they are in sixth position. Very simple

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | May 1, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    One humble request to Australians.. Please play in YELLOW in the WC 2015. Don't like watching an Australian team in Green/Dark Green. The bright yellow color sets you apart and seems more fitting.

  • POSTED BY Kappa69 on | May 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    this is crazy. Lost a series after almost 05 years suddenly SA is 2nd ranking. Aussie lost to indi and then to england and they are number one

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | May 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    This "top 8" club is clearly being protected in whatever way it can for some reason. There are over 200 countries in the world but only 10 play test cricket despite being existence for over a 100 years? Cricket seriously need to catch up to modern times. In Cricket 9 and 10 positions are considered low but in all the other sports 9 and 10 are considered top. Cricket rankings are meaningless in my opinion due to the small number of teams and uneven distribution of matches. When was the last time Australia played Zimbabwe or Bangladesh for 1 test match?

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 1, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @Mitty: You seem to have selective memory. In response to another comment you ask if he feels jealous because India have never been no.1 in Tests. Wrong. We have been number 1, using the same ranking system that you suddenly seem to think to be flawless. You further ask, Is beating Eng home and away, 'a pipe dream' for us. Nope. You may have chosen to ignore it, but we have beaten them at home and away.

    Re recent overseas record for last 10 test matches, India's record is dismal 0 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses. Fair enough we are ranked number 5. What about Australia's away record for last 10 matches then? Is is exceptional? Nope. It is in fact 6 losses, 2 draws, 2 wins. So you see there's not a huge difference. Sure you guys won in SA, where btw conditions are very similar to those in Aus, fair enough for that you're ranked 1. Bt don't go on overestimating your team which for batting order has 2 35 year olds, no decent number 3, Watson&Warner. Like India you're strong only in 1 department.

  • POSTED BY testcricket_lover on | May 1, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @baba2011.The same thing will happen to india as well when they go to Aus.......That's the fact.....Right now Ind, Aus, SAf,SL are the teams in form.....So these rankings will change every now and then. So stop whining and move on...

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Pakistan beat WI in WI, SA in SA, India in India and SL at neutral venue Dubai. I just can't for the love of it, figure out how they are so low in the ODI rankings ? Am I something missing here ??

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    on what basis t20 ranking is done? just only on the basis of big3 effect! we all know that now icc is biased, no need to believe this ranking, they are just on the paper. if it's fair, we will believe it. but at the moment, it's unfair becoz the big3 effect. sri lanka should be no1 in t20 after losing only one game in wc and they won the world cup, even be4 the wc, sri lanka were the no1 team. so they are the pure no 1 in t20, icc update the list just to give india no1 even though indians do not deserve that

  • POSTED BY IndianSRTfan on | May 1, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    I have always felt rankings, like much of the new regulations & rule changes that ICC comes up with nowadays, would be better off with more simplicity. In both ODIs and T20s, rankings should be based on performances in the World cup and Champions Trophy (which I honestly hope they'll bring back with the format of '13) as these are only tournaments that matter for ODIs in my book. Bilateral ODI series have lost their meaning for some time now.

    Re Tests, where the rankings have to be based on bilateral series performances, points should be determined by performances in away tours AND ranking of the opposition team. So winning or drawing away test matches against opponents ranked higher than your team would result in accumulating greater number of points. And there HAS to be a minimum and maximum cut-off for number of matches in a time frame.

  • POSTED BY SamaTri on | May 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    leave out the blatant aggression and make it a gentleman's game and we will see where Aus finish. Same goes for their fans who targeted particular players in Ashes matches from outside boundary line.

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | May 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    One question I have with this system is whether they calculate performances in all three formats the same way. AUS have been on top of the ODI rankings for quite some time now but I can't remember them beating anyone except ENG. ENG at no. 4 is a big joke they even lost to WI team ranked 8th. As far as T20 is concerned SL should be number 1 they have the highest win percentage out of anybody and have been the most consistent team in the format.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 1, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    ICC test rankings means nothing. It is a good way to recognize teams and make them feel better but in reality it is not that big a deal until all teams get to play about the same number of matches in each format and with a good proportion of home and away games. Then it is a fair basis to rank teams. Ind and SL have played too many ODIs compared to other teams and Aus and SA have played more tests than other teams. So it dilutes the rankings. Also more points should be given to World tournaments where it is is tougher to win as opposed to bi-lateral series where u get to know your opposition at least half way into the series.

    But the rankings seem reasonable given how teams performed recently. SA will be back as No. 1 in couple of months in tests and rightly so. Ind can push to No. 1 in ODIs depending on how they perform in the next few months.

    SL should be No. 1 in T20s even though Ind lost only 1 game in the WC.

  • POSTED BY sriyan76 on | May 1, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    This ranking system is a severely flawed How can Sri Lanka who were already ranked the no 1 T20 team in the world and then proved it by winning the most recent T20 world cup and the preceding Asia cup slide down to no 2 in this ranking?There has to be some common sense when publishing these rankings, or no one will take them seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    The ICC ranking system is further evidence of woeful logic and bias.

    This is the only major sport (I'm open to correction here) in which the outcome is not based on the equal number of games played home and away. As a result, AUS playing against a weak ENG and thus securing a 5-0 win, creates a bias when they only play a 3-match series against the No.1 ranked team at the time, RSA.

    The motives of the self-proclaimed "Top 3" - India, Aus, and Eng - to rest control of the game last year, for financial reasons, reflects in the present ranking system.

    The solution: all series should be contested over a minimum of 3 matches, to avoid ties as with 2 match series. If they play more than 3 games then the additional games should not count towards ranking points (financial incentives can be provided to the players contesting these series to avoid dead-rubbers). This system caters for the financial motives of the "Top 3" whilst at the same time brings credibility to the "rankings"!!

  • POSTED BY baba2011 on | May 1, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Aussies would be dethroned pretty soon. They are not world beaters. They will struggle against India and Pakistan in the subcontinent.

  • POSTED BY saffan76 on | May 1, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Eng lose 0-3 in UAE vs Pakistan

  • POSTED BY AMMAR3438668158 on | May 1, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    champions are always champions and now aussies prove they are champions,no doubt they lose in ind and eng but they played agressive cricket and agressive minds. come on aussies tighten your test and odi rank and also in t20.you are always my favourte team.

  • POSTED BY smub99 on | May 1, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    The fact remains that so long as the rankings do not give extra weighting to winnign away, they will always remain flawed. India play a crazy amount of cricket at home, and its the only reason their ratings remain so high.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | May 1, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    aus get their gole now clarke and boot need to think about the 2015 wc in aus if they win that i think they can dominate cricket for another 10 years to come .plz publish cricinfo

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 1, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    We need to move to a system that has daily updates - not once per year updates. Don't have it that the last 1-2 years are full points, have it exactly 1 year. Don't have it that the last 2-4 years are half points, having it exactly 1-3 years. Update it daily. As an Australian and an Australian cricket fan, I would have much preferred it if we had gained top spot by winning a match, rather than this farcical situation where it happens in the off season, not by winning, or even by another team losing, but because the ratings were updated. While the formulae for keeping this updated daily is complicated, that is what computers are for.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    SA still the no1 team as they lost only one series in last five years, while Aus lost more than 3.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 13:45 GMT

    here this

    Pakistan play ALL their cricket away so 4th is good spot to b

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    australian domination start again they work hard for it and they deserve the no.1.beating south africa on their home is brilliant

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | May 1, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and have always claimed the ranking system is severely flawed and this proves it. South Africa have only lost one of the home and away series with all other nations whilst Australia have lost 3. Although Australia are playing great cricket now I don't believe we deserve number 1.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 1, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    I'm amazed that this entire article and apparently Clarke's and Sutherland's comments make no mention of Mitch Johnson. He played a significant role in Australia's series win over Sri Lanka at the beginning of 2013 and then took 59 wickets at about 16 apiece in the series victories over England and South Africa. In between, Australia played India and England without him and lost those two series 0-4 and 0-3.

    All this guff about Australia coming together and playing gritty cricket is hogwash. Johnson was the reason for Australia getting back to number one. Without him, they're a number four team, behind South Africa, England and India.

  • POSTED BY big_al_81 on | May 1, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    For the past 5 years or so there have really been two teams who (roughly speaking) have been able to win several home and away series which I think is a fair reflection of quality. That's been SA, Australia and England. I don't always think the rankings reflect where a team is at at at any one time but right now, the top two positions in the premier format are about right which is what I'm bothered about. During that 5 year period SA have probably been the most consistent of the three as Oz have had a very bad period and England are in one now. (The strange thing about SA is that their home form over that period is much less impressive than their generally very good away form). At the moment, I'd have to say it's a 2 division affair with SA and Oz in Division 1 and everyone else pretty similar to each other in Division 2! There was a period when the 'top division' was SA and England but it's far from true now I'm sorry to say...

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @ CricLover316 - Dont think Vaughanographic ever said England were good but over the period that this covers they do actually have a slightly better record than India in test cricket. Apologies if I'm incorrect but I make it India P30 W12 L12 D6 and Eng P37 W15 L12 D10 Also would say it was our batting which failed more in Australia. Cook said pre tour that these were 400+ pitches and Eng reached 300 twice in 10 inns and never 400. Obviously we must also give credit to the Aus bowling attack but it was more a batting failure than a bowling failure

    @Affan Tahir on (May 1, 2014, 10:36 GMT) Yes but Aus don't have a better record than SA over the whole period - and I am not from SA and have no bias

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @andrew-schulz on (May 1, 2014, 9:18 GMT) Not sure re India but when Eng became number 1 - in the time period that covered their record was as good as anybodys. I believe that in the period that culminated in Eng becoming number 1 they had not lost a series at home or away and this included home and away wins vs Australia , a 4-0 home win vs India and the only drawn series in that period was in SA and they had played roughly the same amount at home as away.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx on (May 1, 2014, 4:21 GMT) You say (besides the away tours..) but this includes the 7-0 aggregate defeat vs India/Eng last year even if the latter did not reflect the closeness of the series. I think Aus are the best side right now but no way have they had a better record in this timeframe @Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (May 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT) So you're trying to say that you are no different from CM?

  • POSTED BY stueyh1 on | May 1, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    OMG. We are now in for an interminable period of supreme Australian bombast and conceit! That's one thing they do better than any other team in the world!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - You say test cricket is a joke but then you get heavily involved in commenting on it. Re ODIs - I have some sympathy. India and Aus have fairly similar records but India have won the only major trophy to be played in that period. However you mustn't blame ICC for India losing their recent away series in NZ 4-0 or failing in the 2 Asia cups played in his period. I would personally say that India are the best ODI side in this period and SA are the best test side in this period with Aus a close 2nd in both although I'd say SA fans have more of a right to feel aggrieved Re Aus being an average side at best - if Aus are average at best then aren't all the sides average at best? Oh and re Aus in tests I don't think they deserve to be ranked higher than SA but they deserve to be way ahead of India and Eng. We must also bear in mind that Aus beat Ind 4-0 in the same timeframe so in this period they are 5-3 up on Eng , 4-4 vs India and 2-2 with Australia

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    @ThePacifist10 on (May 1, 2014, 0:53 GMT) Hold your horses there. Personally I wouldn't be too peeved if India were ahead of England but your post makes it out that India are hard done by. Yes India did better in SA than Eng did in Australia but the rankings reflect the series results from 2011 to present. Agreed re Eng in Australia - terrible bar Stokes and Broad but in the Eng home series vs India who (besides Dravid) covered themselves in glory? Both teams have had decent results and shocking results and both teams have been whitewashed twice (a combined 0-8 . Funnily enough you talk about the NZ series where you showed fight... but lost 1-0 whereas most Eng fans on these boards thought we were poor in NZ when we drew 0-0. Also if you go head to head in this period England bt India twice - an aggregate of 6-1. Finally WI have not won a test vs Eng in this timeframe

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | May 1, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    @Andyzalltsmannshair - I'll raise a hand to that. Am not a Pakistan fan but I really think what you say is true. Aus do not like slow pitches plus it nullifies (to an extent) the awesomeness of MJ. If Pak can raise its batting standards and make 350+, they'll have a very real chance of doing well against the Aussies. They surely have the bowling arsenal to do that...

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 1, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    @criclover316

    in my original post i said i didnt agree with australia being number 1 in the world,

    i said australia have only won 2 series and south africa have only lost 1 series.

    i also said south africa hardly play 5 test, and mainly play 2 test series, which does not get brought into consideration

    i think it will be a tough series vs pakistan

    and i suggested my own way to choose the best team in the world.

    which is to have team of the decade where every test has points and at the end of the decade thier is a winner

    you get 5 points for a outright win,4 points for a innings win,3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw,1 point for a loss but has 4 innings and last 5 days

    you get extra points for scoring 500 runs, extra points for winning in 3 days,extra points for winning in 4 days

    extra points for winning a series, extra points for winning a series without losing a game, and extra points for winning a series away from home

    it would be a more accurate way of deciding no 1

  • POSTED BY Snambidi on | May 1, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Australia who had enjoyed the Top rankings for a long time had to slip from all rankings.Now again they have climbed the latdder after very hard work.now they are number 1 in ICC test ranking & ODI Ranking Other Teams in the world should learn a lot from the Australians.

    India under Dhoni after enjoying the top of the ladder had slipped down. Now their Rankings in the Books of ICC are positions 1,2&5respectively in T20,ODI&TEST. A pity for sure& hope after the HUNGAMA of Indian T20 League would rise to the occasion to climb up in the Ladder in all the formats.

  • POSTED BY inefekt on | May 1, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    This reminds me of the ridiculous period where SAF claimed the number one spot from the great Aussie side with Warne, McGrath, Ponting, Hayden et al still in their pomp. I suppose it's a bit of justice then that Australia do the same to them a few years later..........

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | May 1, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Given the time span I agree AUS to be on top for Test. But not for ODI. Also, there are few other questionable places. I cannot see true ranking in here.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Cant understand at all , England after losing 5-0 Ashes to Australia still go 1 plus ranking in Test , and than England again after losing 6-1 to Australia in ODI,s they are still better than South Africa and Pakistan who have win their last two ODI series Very very strange ......

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | May 1, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    I truly feel a neutral since smith and JK retired (I truly backed the Proteas when they were in the team, but my passion has receded since Biff made his announcement - especially as I am not a saffer anyway) but I really can't accept any notion that Aus is the number 1 test team!

    In any case, as a recent one-eyed Proteas fan I can say that SA need to persist with a spinner. They should just get Harmer on and stick with him in the same way Aus did with Lyon. Lyon does a fine job but is certainly no extraordinary talent.Harmer could do as well

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    @ flickspin - Oh Lord.. These Rankings are not based on the last 15 Years. You are really spinning it now.We can talk about the last 5-6 Years. Can you remember any team except SA&Eng and just recently Aus winning in SA? The rest have struggled like anything. I think this record more has to do with the last year or so. Aus went to lose 4-0 in India and 3-0 in Eng on the last year alone, and that time they ranked No.5 Surely,they are in hot form now and a more balanced side as well.But the remaining sides havent won overseas as well,so how come they are ahead ?India doesn't tour Zim,Bang like other Asian teams do.So,they can "have" an overseas test win,If you want to count that,fine.But other countries have struggled worse than India in Tests.

    Regarding pitches in India,I do agree that they can be better.Trust me, Most fans want this to happen. Tests matches surely arent on flat wickets. Offers big spin and lots of reverse swing,so its difficult to chase 230+ in tests for any team.

  • POSTED BY tznomani on | May 1, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    I think the ranking system is fine, because it is a CURRENT ranking system giving more emphasis on recent performances. And since Aussies have played good cricket recently they deserve their No.1 ranking.

    As for India, to improve they should either play more home games :), or they should adapt a two team strategy, because I think MS is stretched too thin with IPL, T20I, ODI & Test and also to take specific bowlers for specific roles.

    A probable scenario could be:

    ODI & T20I Team 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Ajinkya Rahane, 5. Suresh Raina, 6. MS Dhoni (c &wk), 7. R Jadeja, 8. R Ashwin, 9. Bhuvi Kumar, 10. Vinay Kumar, 11. Ishant Sharma

    Tests 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, 4. Virat Kohli (c), 5. Manish Pandey / Mayank Agarwal / Manoj Tiwary, 6. Sanju Samson/Dinesh Karthik / Ambati Raydu (wk), 7. R Jadeja / Irfan Pathan (dep. on pitch), 8. Bhuvi Kumar/R Ashwin (dep. on pitch), 9. Amit Mishra, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Varun Aaron.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    So 2 good series is enough to justify being the best in the world? The ICC rankings don't make much sense. Yes, Australia have played some very good cricket just lately, but in all honesty they had been pretty poor leading into the home Ashes. I can't see how they can leap frog SA who have been consistantly good for the past 5 years

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    @electric_loco: If you're seriously relying on Steve Smith and Warner to hurl pies as your second spin option. Then I'm sorry to say you've lost the series in the UAE. You'll need a proper second spinner. Time to recall Nathan Hauritz.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | May 1, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Maybe I'm biased being a Pakistan fan. But I think we'll beat Australia in the UAE. They really don't like slow low surfaces. Pace bowling will be blunted by the conditions. I think we'll beat them 1-0. Raise your hands if you think it'll be a surprise if Pak beat Aus in the UAE???

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | May 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    oh dear, I had no idea the ranking system was so unreflective of sustained class - two good tours can shoot you to number one!!??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I don't know what the fight is about.indian team is ranked rightly other than kohli pujara and to some extent rahane rest of the team fail on foreign ground. an ageing zaheer and bowlers like ashwin don't have capability to win abroad. till then 5 seems about right only because the teams lower than them are much worse though I see a new Zealand going up on India

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | May 1, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    No surprises seeing Aus on top of the test heap. They deserve it. Their ODI place is not really justified because they have been found wanting in the sub continent conditions. the ODI ranking probably will keep oscillating in the near future as there are quite a few teams who are good at it. The test rankings do indicate the real standings of the teams in the world order and is likely to be more or less the same for the next 4-5 years...

  • POSTED BY JJJake on | May 1, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    On the points system NZ is only just behind India. When all of NZ players come back from injury and suspension I can see them climbing the ladder.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Cont- In batting,with mix of youth,exp.,attack/defence,class/raw talent,all with vast improv. lately,in hot vein of form,daunting task awaits inexp. Pak bowlers.Aus-with SA-have best bat lineup atm.Great Clark apart,have some of best players of spin too.

  • POSTED BY uberBadger on | May 1, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Since September 2010:

    SA Series results: won 58%, lost 8% Individual games: won 52%, lost 19%

    Aus Series results: won 46%, lost 38% individual games: won 45%, lost 36%

    The rankings system is not fit for purpose. Consider this - under the current system if you are ranked 10th and beat the number 1 team you get fewer points than if you are 2nd and beat the number one team (the sum of the standings points of the two teams involved is divided up).

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    cont on Pak v Aus, Even in spin bowling,if you set apart worlds no.1 spinner Ajmal,Aussies evenly match up to hosts.Aus has 2nd best spinner in world in Lyon,backed by handy p/t options-Smith/Warner.Pak's 2nd spinner while good doesnt hold Ajmals threat.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    @AlbertThomas- 'got wooped by eng,beat eng in Aus'.Ha,ha,nice job 'twisting' the facts to your convenience.Good try though!Fact -A below ful strength Aus L v close series in Eng,who got v lucky in 1 or 2 of those.'The whooping' to follow needs no mention.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Every one talking about india batting.Dhawan couldnot nuy run in sa.And then u have nohit sharma.Despite he has made 2 100s obviously against wi in india struggled in nz.and dhoni is no test class.he can score in india but not overseas.they only have 3 quality batsman kohli pujara and rahane.And their bowling is no way near bowlers if top 4 teams.defnititely aus may come down to 2 but u have to agree they have improved.And can deservedly one of top 2

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    @ThePacifist10 on (May 1, 2014, 0:53 GMT), you'd think that people would understand how the rankings work by now, sure, England were demolished in their last series but the rankings take far more than just your last series into account. I believe that the last two years result are considered and I'm fairly sure that England have won a few games in the last two years. As time moves on and England's good results from the past drop off then their recent poor results will become more significant and then maybe you'll stop whining.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    @disco_bob on (May 1, 2014, 4:27 GMT), absolutely any team would be significantly worse off without their best bowler but I think that Mitchell Johnson was a bigger factor in the recent Ashes when compared to the rest of the Australian team that is usually the case. The Australian batting wasn't much better than OK in that series but they had absolutely no pressure on them at all so it didn't matter. Without Johnson, England would have been able to score significantly more runs and that would have put more pressure on the Australian batting and they likely would have scored fewer. Basically what I'm saying is that, if other teams can counteract Johnson, the rest of the Australian team is good but not necessarily formidable. Of course, counteracting Johnson is far easier said than done. Also, the longer Johnson continues to play like this, the more confidence the rest of the team get and the harder they get to beat as a team. The third SA Test is a case in point.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @ofcourse- re Pak v Aussies @ UAE,Pak just dont stand chance v no.1 side in world as they just have 1 too many frailities not to be exposed by a team of Aus caliber.1st,Paks batting v worlds best attack-no contest.They hold aces in 1 aspect-spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    I do not always agree with the rankings. Australia have been brilliant since the Ashes, but we can't forget how badly they were beaten in England and India. The best team in the world are surely better than that. SA, on the other hand, have won test series consistently and have not been beaten this badly even though they lost to the Aussies at home. For me, the Proteas are still the best. Australia's challenge will come when they face Pakistan in the UAE this year - it'll give us an idea of how well they can adapt to Asian conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @Chris

    They beat you. So, therefore, they are better than you. Now that might not ALWAYS be the case, but if it is then it makes sense.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    didn't take them long to get back to the top.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Wow. After being wooped by India. Then wooped in England. They beat England and just about won 2-1 against SA. I would say thats even. That shouldn't take them above SA.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    that is ridiculous. Aus played fantastic to beat us and full credit to them, Johnson and Warner were absolutely brilliant - but to take our top spot when we went unbeaten for 16 test series because they won two test series, the Ashes and a 3 test series against us 2-1? Come on..its a joke..

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan on (May 1, 2014, 3:40 GMT) Agree re there not being much difference at the top and then they are well clear of the next 3 who are close together. I would say Aus are the best side in the world on present form but would strongly disagree that it reflects results from 2011 inclusive where SA have an equal head to head record and a better W/L/D ratio than Australia. Also (not as strongly) I'd say Pak should be behind Eng and Ind despite beating Eng 3-0 at home. They also drew vs SA but one of their more recent results was 1-1 in Zimbabwe. The comparison between the 3 sides is more difficult to make as Pakistan don't play India these days and haven't played Eng or Aus away for some time and their last away series vs a top 4 saide ended 3-0 in SA. I think you can see it how you want between these 3 but I can't see (going by results from 2011 to date) how Aus have ousted SA

  • POSTED BY Me_A_Gemini on | May 1, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Australians have been remarkable in last 12 months and deserved the place.

    But.......

    the most remarkable standing is of Pakistan team who, despite playing all their cricket overseas, has maintained 4th in test.

    Hats off....

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 1, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @criclover316

    over the past 5 years you are right australia have struggled touring

    but if you look at the past 15 years australia have won against every country both at home and away,

    including beating new zealand at home

    you look at the last 15 years with india they have bearly won a series away from home, even with a great batting line up of sewag,dravid,laxmen,tendulkar, ganguly.

    india have been beating at home a couple of times by australia & england, when was the last time england or australia were beating at home by india

    i think my point about more diverse pitches is to help india out, when they toured australia they wouldnt struggle,

    in india you have 20 first class teams, surely you could have pitch diversity, even when australia tour you could make australia play on turners, so you keep your home team advantage

    but your 1st class cricketers would be used to fast bouncy pitches,

    the is no excuse why india are not number 1, they have 1 billion people

  • POSTED BY ofcourse on | May 1, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    @Cricketlover54 - so, do you mean Aus have a great overseas record? I though their last record was 0-7 (against India and Eng) before the SA series. Only SA can claim to have a decent overseas record and that's why only they deserve to be No. 1. Rest are all tigers at home and the ranking will only depend on which team plays how many home series in a given year. Just imagine Aus had a tour to UAE against Pak in the last month. This ranking would have been much different! By the way, I am not an Indian or Pak fan.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    India and England are fairly level in this period of time. I was thinking that India should be ahead of England but on reflection both sides have had excellent results - Ind beating Aus 4-0 at home and Eng beating India 4-0 at home and winning in India and both have had poor results - India losing 4-0 to Eng and Aus and losing in NZ and Eng losing 3-0 in SL , 5-0 in Aus and 2-0 vs SA. Not sure I'd rate Pak ahead of India. They had the 3-0 win vs England and a credible result vs SA but they have had no significant results away from home and the only top 4 side they played away from home in that period was SA and they lost 3-0

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @Cricketlover54 surely that has to be noted and England are the only team to beat India on their own turf but again no one is talking about England's ability to play spin but Australia who we all know that are the worst tourist to tour India !!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    CTD - Re Aus/SA - I'm not saying that Aus are not the better side right now and I'm not saying they won't stay at the top for some time (when things have settled down)

    I'm just saying that I don't feel results over the full period of time means they deserve to have overtaken SA.

    When Eng were number 1 - as already pointed out - there were vast numbers of people rubbishing the system but when you looked at the records of both England and SA in that time period England's win ratio was far better and their record vs the next 2 best teams (Ind and Aus) in that period of time was better and the only series played in that period of time between SA and Eng was drawn and that was in SA.

  • POSTED BY Vaughanographic on | May 1, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Re comments at me... I agree, England may not be ranked so high for much longer - I expect them to dispose of Sri Lanka in their conditions but I dont really see another team really challenging for the top 2 slots.

    India may have a strong batting lineup (not sure I would say the strongest in the world though) but you need bowlers to take 20 wickets which is why Pakistan and England are ranked higher.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | May 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    System did not let me complete my last point.

    Reason 5 why this is an abysmal system is that a side can move from # 2 to # 1 by beating Zimbabwe or Bangledesh. This will possibly happen later in the year. The movement West Indies made up the table through 4 wins against those two sides was simply ridiculous.

    Many of you need to have pointed out to them that Australia have series wins at last start in West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, the UAE, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | May 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Now the fallacy of ranking has been rectified in test cricket to a significant extent. There should be a swap between Pak and Eng. Otherwise no problem with test ranking. Still there is bit of work in ODI ranking. Ind with 4-0 whitewash to No. 7 Kiwis can't be ranked No.3 and they should slip down couple of places further.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @Keptaliitlelow: Any team with an opening combination of Alviro Petersen and Dean Elgar is struggling to be the best in the world.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @Vaughanographic - Interesting comment that. Btw, Eng with what bowling attack ? Dernbach ? Anderson ? Oh bailey why did you smack him for 28 in a Test match ? Bresnen ? Broad ? Who was a great captain and was fearless when he was hiding himself in the WT20 not bowling a PP over or any death over. Or was it a a Computerized strategy to a game that England follow ? I think with limited bowling resources India showed more fight in SA and NZ than what England did with their overrated rich bowling resources of Anderson,Swann(Oh wait),Broad and Stokes(One hit wonder) I see SL, Pak,NZ improving over the years as compared to Eng.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I'm sure it is worked out fairly and congrats Australia. In fact I'd say congrats Australia for getting anywhere near SA after the Indian defeat.

    However I still feel SA deserve the number 1 ranking if we're going back to include 2011's results (not 2010/11.

    the comparative records I make it are (in series)

    Aus P11 W6 D2 L3 SA P10 W7 D2 L1

    and in tests

    Aus P37 W19 L11 D7 SA P26 W15 L5 D6

    Now I know which record to me looks better.

    And on closer inspection I don't see it swinging any further towards Australia. The 2 teams have a 2-2 head to head record in tests and if you look at their results SA's looks the much more steady/consistent. Before the last 2 series Aus looked more a number 4 side (maybe even 5) taking a combined 0-7 records vs India and Eng into the home leg of the Ashes. SA's only defeat was by a solitary test. And yes Aus 3-0 defeat vs Eng was flattering to Eng but also SA would almost certainly have beaten NZ 3-0 had there not been the weather

  • POSTED BY Cricketlover54 on | May 1, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    To all Indian fans and Cpt.Meanster:

    How is India's place at position 5 in Test Rankings irrational. Failing 0-4 in Aus, 0-4 in Eng, 0-1 in NZ, 1-2 in Eng at home would make one come to the conclusion that India can't play in overseas conditions. I would think that no. 5 is too high for India.

    and Lol at some Indian fans saying Aus cant play spin, Eng put you to shame in your home soil.

  • POSTED BY NBZ1 on | May 1, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    To add to my previous comment, I really think there should be a smooth phasing out of past performances. Why did India go down the ranking whereas England went up? Why did Australia and SA switch places? The previous rankings already reflected all the recent Test series, so the change is because some past performances were suddenly dropped - which is and has always been a clear flaw with the system. In the case of SA, for instance, they won 4 series in 2012-13 whose significance has (in the space of one day) been reduced by half. If you had a smooth phasing out, this would not happen. Let's say the rankings are based on last 10 series - the most recent is weighed at 100%, the one before that at 90%, and so on. Then you would not have these sharp changes just because some previous series suddenly "expired". Big changes in rankings would largely be a function of Tests being played TODAY, and not 3 years ago. Isn't that we want?

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    @ Vaughanographic - England should be lucky at 3 right now and kiss it goodbye when SL/Ind come to pick the pieces or whatever is left of them.Eng lucky that they didn't fell to No.6 after the spanking they received against Aus and lost 5-0. They almost lost to NZ at home. Except winning 3-0 at home against Ozs (India beat them 4-0), Eng lost more games than any other team in the world(Except Pak 6). Atleast other team have SOME balance,you should be more worried about Eng after dropping your best batsmen.

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    @Vaughanographic lolz not with the kind of bowling attack but with the world's mightiest batting line up!!

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    @flickspin - Check the stats in the Year 2013,how many team won overseas tests ? 2 Teams IIRC. Pak in ZiIM(Should we count it,more importantly they lost to Zim) and SL and SA in UAE(Only 1 match). So even Aus didnt win overseas until in SA in 2014. If you check the couple of Years record, we can say SA have won overseas tests,cant remember anyother team. Ofcourse,if you want to count win against minnows', your wish. So,this theory that only India dont win overseas tests in flawed. Check the stats,the results will be similar(except SA) Every single team struggles to win overseas games. And India has shown fight in SA and NZ. With almost no test match experience. Take out Dhoni and half the team hasnt played more than 10 games. Even the likes of Kohli and Pujara are only 20-25 games old. Now compare THAT, to other teams with relatively more experience touring overseas. So, its difficult,not only for India,but for every team to win overseas. Unless you want to count wins against Zim,Bang

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | May 1, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    @Presynaras, Pakistan won all their test series in NZ in the recent past, get your facts right my friend, check Cricinfo archives

  • POSTED BY Vaughanographic on | May 1, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    The comment re India rising in the rankings amuses me.. with what bowling attack exactly!?

    Surely since Aus and SA are tied on ranking points the fraction doesnt count and they are both tied at 1??

    I was quite glad to see NZ at number 6 - record for some great cricket they have played lately.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | May 1, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    We all know Australia are NOT the true champions, SA are still the true Test champions. I hope Pakistan will put the Australians in their place in the upcoming UAE tour so SA can get back their rightful position. Also India with its batting might does not deserve to be at No.5, the rightful position for England is No.5, ICC rankings are not a very convincing system I am afraid.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | May 1, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    @ CaptainMeanster: Our record in India is poor, but it's better than India's record in Australia. Also, we have as good a record in Sri Lanka as anybody, including India. We don't play much in the UAE and it shows, but you can be certain that the more we play there, the better we'll get. .. India on the other hand got trashed by the no 8 side in a Test series. .. If India truly doesn't want to play Tests then so be it. Off you go and try to live on a diet of entree and desert with no main course. .. You will be missed, vaguely.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Some of the rankings are baffling. Can someone explain how Pak is at 4 ? Pak lost to Zim. That would harm them big time. Not to forget they were whitewashed in SA and won 2 tests at home. India whitewashed Aus 4-0 and lost 1-0 to No.1 Side(At that time) and 1-0 to NZ. If losing pushes you back,India lost 2 game in the last year. Compared to Pak,who lost 6(3-0 Whitewash in SA and 1-1 against SL,SA at home and 1-1 vs Zim). They are an inconsistent team even at their home, forget overseas, surely they could have ranked No.5. I know they wont agree with this, even Pak fans themselves were surprised to see their team at 4.

  • POSTED BY NBZ1 on | May 1, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    Some thoughts: 1) In a ranking heavily based on recent performances (current year + 50% of previous year), it is difficult for any team to retain the no. 1 position. SA have won 7 out of their last 9 series and that still was not enough. 2) I understand the desire to weigh recent performances more, but doing it on the basis of months elapsed is just plain silly. What the ICC is telling me is that SA were no. 1 yesterday, but Australia is no. 1 today. Absurd. Solution? Weigh based on the last few series, not months. E.g. 100% weight on last 3 series, 50% on the previous 3 etc. The formula can be designed so that the effect of past series is gradually phased out. The big benefit is that rankings would only change when Tests are played, not in the middle of the IPL. 3) Should the ICC also publish some rankings based on a longer period of time? It would be interesting to see which team has actually been the most consistent during the last 5 years while the mace has been changing hands.

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | May 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    We all know Australia are NOT the true champions, SA are still the true Test champions. I hope Pakistan will put the Australians in their place in the upcoming UAE tour so SA can get back their rightful position. Also India with its batting might does not deserve to be at No.5, its the rightful position for England, ICC rankings are not a very convincing system I am afraid.

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @Bhavin Chheda mate I seriously think you have slightly less knowledge on ODi format.It was India and not Australia who won all the ODI series in 2013 except for 2-0 in SA. Surely you do remember the thrashing they received in England in CT2013 and again in India?Dont you?lolz

  • POSTED BY xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on | May 1, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Clarke, Lehmann and the team for this significant achievement. Aus are not the finished article yet and they know this better than anyone.

    Some of the green-eyed comments here are very, very funny, so thanks for these too.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    After thet england tour of srilanka, srilanka will get top of the all sorter formerd (Odi, T20).

  • POSTED BY Presynaras on | May 1, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    Lol, Pakistan at no.4 is the most ridiculous thing I've ever had. With the batting they have, they would hardly survive against New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | May 1, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Crikkfan, there are five major reasons why these rankings are inadequate (while having the right team at the top now).

    1. They do not even come close to reflecting performances across the world in Test matches.

    2. No dispensation is given as to whether a side is playing at home or away. This is unbelievable, and the only reason why India and England have ever been ranked no. 1.

    3. We all wake up one morning and the rankings have suddenly altered by up to 40 points. Anyone with any mathematical ability and knowledge of the game could have told you that Australia would nudge ahead of SA and that SA would nudge back ahead after playing Zimbabwe. Yet there is the farcical surprised reaction.

    4. A draw is rated as half a win. Outrageous.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 1, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    No body cares these days in Test or ODI. It is T20 all over the world.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (May 1, 2014, 1:22 GMT) Re

    "I recall that, when England were on top of the Test rankings, there were a number of people who said that that was only because they played more Tests than everyone else. That was ridiculous of course"

    I disagree. Ridiculous comments don't get published on this website

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    isn it becoming a trend that every team becoming no1 has test series with pak in uae

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I'm alright with 3rd or 4th place, as I firmly believe we are ahead of England in all formats. I'll give Pakistan the benefit of doubt. They look a slightly better Test team, though we need a series between the two to decide that. I hope for an Indo-Pak Test series in the near future. Home, Away or Neutral, I just want that dream series to take place.

    Team India, turn around the rankings table. Show England that they belong in the dust! If we fail in July and August, I'll eat my own words.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | May 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    SL wil become no 1 in ODI when they beat Ire and Eng in all ODI matches in Ire/Eng soon.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Ya sure this ranking system are not perfect.But isn it fault of sa as they have played so less than they should being the no1 team.i know sa will get back to no1 and aus 2 .but def aus is much better than india.india havent won series abroad nit even in srilanka where aus have won

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Saffas if your team needed motivation this is it. You would go nice 3 points clear in July if you beat SL.

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 1, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx

    Granted, but England didn't win either. Neither did they fight hard. We lost two out of four Tests in the last 6 months, and England lost five out of five. So kindly explain to me how England, or should I say, the ECB World XI, gain one place in the rankings while we lose two.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    people here are saying that aus dont deserve to be no 1 in odi .Aus have won all series in 2013 except one series against ind in ind in which they didnt send their key players.while ind have lost all overseas series pathetically 2-0 sa 4-0 nz

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    The fact that Australia are top without having played since March has been ignored my most media organisations in Australia.

  • POSTED BY CricLover316 on | May 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Congrats to Aus. They surely deserve it. The team unity,players knowing their roles and the form of Mitch and Harris really makes a force to reckon with. Their performance in SC will be tested. But, currently they are a very good team.

    @ hamza893 - When was the last time Pak won a test outside Asia ? I cant remember ? Zimbabwe ? Does it really count ? Atleast other teams didnt lose to Zimbabwe. Atleast didnt get bowled out under 50 in SA and under 100 in their own backyard. India don't tour Bangladesh and UAE(because of Political Reasons with Pak),so scared ? Not so much.India has already played so often with SL. Out of the last 4 tests, 3 games were very close and 2 India were in a winning position. Obviously, their bowlers didnt deliver.When did Pak win a test in Aus,Eng,NZ or SA ? I think I"ll go back to 5-6 Years. Trust me,India wants to come to UAE. India touring Eng for 5 tests,Only Aus and India have done this recently. You can play SL and Aus for 2 tests & feel cool about it

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    R.I.P. ICC rankings. Not because india are not in top 3 but poor aussies are crying after solitary series win in ages while SA who has lost just one series against the team who cant play on turning pitches.lolz Even many aussies will approve that !SA are still no.1 in the eyes of true cricket fans.And for few biased aussies- "Its short lived anyway".

  • POSTED BY fayyaz03 on | May 1, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    So the team that only lost one test series (with only a margin of one match) in the last five years is now at second. And the team which was white washed in India and lost 3-0 ashes to England in the last two years is now at number one. Bravo Ranking System! Thank you for making us laugh!

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    well everyone knows Australia is gonna receive the same thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on upcoming tour.And even my poor aussies know that. dont you?And then once again everything will be restored to normal with SA returning to no.1 spot.However I am sad for Pakistan who deserved to be on no.3 undoubtedly with world's best bowling attack.As for ODI ranking Australia never deserved in top 3. India and SL holds the top 2 positions with SA on 3rd. pakistan should be on 4 th. while aussies merely deserves 5th. But as always both these current rankings are gonna be shortlived after few series against SC teams!!

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    well everyone knows Australia is gonna receive the same thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on upcoming tour.And even my poor aussies know that. dont you?And then once again everything will be restored to normal with SA returning to no.1 spot.However I am sad for Pakistan who deserved to be on no.3 undoubtedly with world's best bowling attack.As for ODI ranking Australia never deserved in top 3. India and SL holds the top 2 positions with SA on 3rd. pakistan should be on 4 th. while aussies merely deserves 5th. But as always both these current rankings are gonna be shortlived after few series against SC teams!!

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    well everyone knows Australia is gonna receive the same thrashing at the hands of Pakistan on upcoming tour.And even my poor aussies know that. dont you?And then once again everything will be restored to normal with SA returning to no.1 spot.However I am sad for Pakistan who deserved to be on no.3 undoubtedly with world's best bowling attack.As for ODI ranking Australia never deserved in top 3. India and SL holds the top 2 positions with SA on 3rd. pakistan should be on 4 th. while aussies merely deserves 5th. But as always both these current rankings are gonna be shortlived after few series against SC teams!!

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | May 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @dhoni48 india might have the best batting and middle order on the planet but they don't help you take 20 wickets. They'll continue to win at home on rank tuners and continue to get pantsed on tours away. Until the bcci decide to put some life in wickets and develop Some quick bowlers they float between 3-5 on the world rankings. Not only will quick bouncy wickets help their bowlers it will give their batting line up even greater strength in their ability to bat on lively wickets.

    It will never happen though. Very happy for Australia, south Africa can feel a little hard done by though. Go you aussies.

  • POSTED BY hamza893 on | May 1, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    WellDone Aussies from Pakistan :)

    Congratulations Pakistan to maintain a good ranking in tests too.

    I want to see India -Pak test series ,but Indians are too much scared that they don't want to play even on neutral venue.

    Waiting for PAk vs SL ,Pak vs AUS ,Pak vs NZ

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    how india can improve is to look at the diversity of pitches in australia

    hobart is green and movement for the seamers

    brisbane is slightly green with good bounce

    adelaide is a dry batting pitch that spins on days 4 & 5, and scruffed ball can reverse swing

    melbourne has a drop in pitch and the pitch dies on days 4 & 5 and you have 1-2 slips and catches in front of the wicket in covers and mid wicket

    sydney is a batting pitch that deteriorates on day 4 & 5 to become a spinners pitch

    perth is fast with bounce and the fremantle doctor which assist swing, you get good value for your shots once in, and can leave the ball on length

    india has just as a diverse climate as australia, surely india with 20 first class teams could come up with 20 diverse pitches.

    india could have 10 pitches that suit batting, 5 pitches that suit spin bowling and 5 pitches that are fast bouncy and suit fast bowling.

    if india did this they would number 1, as they would win series away from home more often

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | May 1, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Australia are true champions with this team I am sure they can beat India in India which England did. Australia lost 5-0 in India but that was a team which lost Ashes 3-0 in England they regrouped and regained there strength and came back strongly like a true champion and now mighty Ausis are ready to rule the world again.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    I can tell you now your rankings like your cricket as now become a lot of humbug. I have been watching cricket from the 1980 but no more it's the end.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    About Aussies v Pak in UAE dont see highly inconsistant Pak with much of a chance v no.1 side in world. Aussies to W quite easily by 2-0. To couple of our Ind-myself am 1!-friends, enjoy your no.5 spot. While it lasts!- 5 tests up next in Eng.-:)

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | May 1, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Hmmm, just goes to show how difficult it is to judge the best test team. 9 consecutive matches without a win just last year...now number 1. Its hard to argue that Australia isn't in hot form and they did thrash two teams that were ranked above them, but even as an aussie I reckon this is a bit premature. Just goes to show no one really understands the system, cause no one knew after australia beat SA that would make them number 1...if so that final test match would've been pumped up a bit more. The fact scheduling dictates position is wrong. One things for sure, to stay at number 1, you can't afford to drop home series. You dont have to win everywhere...you have to win everything at home and the odd away series against closely ranked opponents.

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    in reality india should be world number 1, world number 2 and world number 3 with a 1 billion population and no sports to compete with

    you can 250 new zealands into the population of india, 150 west indies into the population, you can fit 50 australia's & sri lanka's into the population of india, you can fit 20 south africa's and englands into the population of india, and 4 bangladesh's and pakistan into the population of india

    in australia cricket competes with afl, rugby leaue, rugby union

    in england cricket competes with soccer and rugby

    in south africa cricket competes with soccer and rugby

    in new zealand they compete with rugby ( and get paid more money)

    india has some exciting young players, but in reality they shouldnt lose to new zealand in new zealand

    i have some idea's to help india when they tour, winning at home isnt good enough, and india has lost some home test series over the past 10 years, thier should be no excuse for india not being number 1

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I'm sorry, but there's something wrong with a rankings system that arbitrarily switches the order of teams just because it's a new month. The system needs to be fixed to take account of home/away advantage anyway (which wouldn't be too hard to add to the way it's currently worked out) so perhaps this could be fixed at the same time.

  • POSTED BY Lloydster on | May 1, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Aussie deserve their accolade 1st rankings in both as they have improved in every game. As a Saffer the same cant be said about SA who in my opinion have gone backwards. Credit must be given to Lehman for installing this winning culture with his coaching style- unlike Mickey Arthur. I am a believer in the Coach being the heart of the side as Lehman has proved. Again with all the political influence in CSA the cant be said about the current SA coaching set up when guys like Ray Jennings get booted out in favour of some puppet. Aussie 1 - SA 0.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | May 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Well done Aussies.. They played some good cricket. Their series against Pakistan in UAE will be a good challenge for them as well as for Pakistan.. Misbah team lacks a genuine fast bowling all rounder. I hope umar akmal makes a return in test side in this series against Aussies as he loves playing against them. If India plays more away series they will fall further down in ranking.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    cont - A 'minor' correction in my 1st post. I meant ,'well deserved 'no.5' spot for Ind' .Of course Aussies no.1 spot in both odi,tests is v well deserved too! :)

  • POSTED BY punterdgr8 on | May 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    well,the rankings will only be fair when india is at the top of everything that's there in cricket.only then some weak neurons would be pleased abt the rankings system.when it suits india that's fine but when the same thing carried forward to a different nation it's a farce.how naive!also @capt.meanster nobody's interested in comprehending or concurring to your views abt test cricket.there's a separate 'window'(well ever since the ipl this word has become more of an oxymoron)for your t20 tamasha on this site.as much as i deplore t20,i keep it to myself rather than professing any obnoxious rhetoric on behalf of every1.test cricket matters to us,v could be a few in no and whatever the future but still v revere it,taking this as an opportunity to speak on behalf of every fan and ya,i'm an indian!!!!

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | May 1, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Incredible that no one has responded to a common thread in these posts. How unfair to Ryan Harris that many are calling Australia a one-man attack. Have you even been watching?

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    contd- With their consistent o/s recd. of last few years-incl. w/w @ NZ recently!-expect another w/w in Eng.A thrashing @ hands of mighty Eng would mean going even 1,2 places further fall.Most surely.As to Aus v Pak,its going to be easy work for Aussies.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    @Mitty2 - FYI India was on top for abt 2 years mate, it lost its rankings to Eng when it toured last time. I agree with u on other things though!

    India put on a bad performance and have toured badly. It will be interesting to see whether they will hand over the test reins to Kohli - in the short while he had captained the side, it is clear tht he will be agressive and attacking in his field placements unlike MSD.

    No matter how much I respect MSD, he lacks tht killer instict when it comes to tests - in ODIs and T20 there is no better captain at the moment!

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 1, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Good to see the Aussies at the top though I feel for SA who have barely lost anything except for tht against the Aussies. In all fairness, I think India deserves to be where it is for the pathetic performances put up on show in SA and NZ. Without proper fast bowlers who are capable of taking 20 test wickets, it will never work.

    To my fellow Indian fans, the current form is giving maximum value and hence the rankings are fair in my perspective. Wht India did 1.5 yrs back does not add value here. If Ind dreams of a fight back, it must start from its Eng tour this summer!

    Varoon Aaron, Irfan Pathan - if these two find form or show some promise in the next couple of months there will be hope. Otherwise Ind has to contend with the blunt spearhead in Ishant and an aging star in Zaheer. The only bright spot is Shami. BHuvi can swing, but has to get it right!

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 1, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    @Ashokmighty,Capt.meanstar- A v good ranking system finally and being mostly right.Aus,SA by far best teams in world,with Aus pipping SA by a fraction.Of course,well deserved no.1 spot for Ind!But not for long!With a whole 5 tests to be played in Eng!-:)

  • POSTED BY crockit on | May 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    India are a quality batting side and on the last tour to SA only fell apart once. The top 7 now pick themselves - just a case of picking back up batters who can handle the short stuff - they don't want a repeat of last tour to England where they ended up with batters like Yuvraj and Raina who played like bunnies against it. There seam attack has also improved somewhat.

    Nonetheless, I reckon they will do well to draw or win 1 or at most 2.

  • POSTED BY kartcric on | May 1, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Wait for india.We wont be there at 5th place for a long time. India will rise up because we have the most promising middle order in the world(pujara,kohli,rahane).Dhawan and vijay are scoring surprisingly in overseas conditions too.No matter how inconsistent rohit sharma is in the shorter forms he will always be a good test player.Shami is really good,ishant took 18 scalps against the black caps.ishwar pandey would be lethal if he increases his pace.We have a very dangerous team on paper and soon the perfomance would prove it

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    This is ridiculous, South Africa deserve their #1. Australia got hidings in England and India, they just beat RSA who had an injured steyn 3rd test.

    Rankings don't mean anything anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    So Australia are NO 1. Their next tour is UAE agains PAKISTAN...Everything is set for big series considering Pakistan previous reocrds against NO 1 teams in UAE........we have witnessed some fantastic Test matches of Pak Vs No 1 test side in UAE and this time for Australia........

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Maingi on | May 1, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Talal: Pakistan played well to beat South Africa in South Africa, but one should not forget that they lost a test match to Zimbabwe, which was ranked 10 before that match

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | May 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I don't know if we will hold onto this position after Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Happy for a aussies ..Clarke u did it osmmmmmm

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    It is forensically correct to acknowledge that Australia have been playing like the No. l side world in both the Tests and ODIs. But these rankings are often an optical illusion as they tend change more often than the value of the US dollar (although Australia have been at the top longer than most teams). I don't have the answer but like the absence of a truly definitive Test World Championship, a much definitive ranking is also absent. This question poses as a nightmarish labyrinth and has proved the folly of greater cricket minds.

    Happy for the moment that Australia are playing some clinically good cricket and are worthy of applause in the world arena.

  • POSTED BY ksquared on | May 1, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Australia are deserved no 1 in tests specially after that wonderful series in South Africa and as long as they have that battery of pacers lead by Johnson they will be a handful anywhere but I still feel the batting is still a bit suspect even in that Ashes drubbing there many occasions where the batting fell apart and a better opposition would have made them pay. Regarding the ODIs I feel there are at least a couple of teams better than the Aussies on current form both SL and IND might be better but then again IND were smashed 4-0 in NZ.

  • POSTED BY Simongeorgeroche on | May 1, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    I find it very hard to believe that Australia deserve to be the number 1 ranked test team based on winning two series out of the last four, including 4 -0 loss to India and 3-0 in England. Yes it was an excellent result in South Africa , but surely South Africa who have list 1 series in 5 years by a margin of 1 test match should, be ranked higher?

    I can't help but feel that Australia is being overly benefited by its 5-0 win over England at home and South Africa suffer from not playing enough test cricket, thanks to india shortening their tour last year.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | May 1, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    May be Australia don't yet deserve that no.1 position. What i meant is there were only 2-3 series that they have comprehensively won, they surely deserve if they clean-sweep another series against the likes of India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan.

    But the rankings are purely based on mathematical calculations, those rules are predefined so no complaints. if you beat the best you will get the better multiplying factor. If anybody now complaining about that, why you didn't when India/England/South Africa claimed that rank.

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | May 1, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Until the BCCI embraces a strategy to leave grass on SOME of its pitches India will continue to struggle in the rankings because more than 50% of games are NOT played on rolled mud that turn to dustbowls. However as a priority this is probably a lowly item on the agenda given IPL TVRs are on the wane and the SC is threatening to bare its teeth.

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | May 1, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    im an australian cricket fan

    i believe australia play cricket with the best attitude

    however i disagree that australia is the number 1 test side, they won 2 series,

    south africa has only lost 1 series

    and 2 test series, are stupid, how can you decide a winner in 2 test series

    south africa dont play any 5 test series, most of the time they play 2 test series

    in past post ive suggested a team of the decade, where every test has points, this would be a far more accurate way of deciding the number 1 team in the world

    the points system works like this

    5 points for a outright win, 4 points for a innings win, 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw, 1 point for a lose that has 4 innings and last 5 days

    extra points for scoring 500, extra points for winning on day 3, and extra points for a win on day 4

    extra points for winning a series, extra points for winning a series without losing a game and extra points for winning a series away from home

  • POSTED BY social_monster09 on | May 1, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster I feel in my in mind that how much jealousy & frustration is captivates you when u read this article, OMG Aussies are no.1 again. Dude see that you are behind even Pakistan. And I think you forgot the clean sweeps in S.Africa and then in N. Zealand both in Tests & in ODI's. And winless momentum of ur great great team in overseas from the tour of England in 2011 to again in next 2 month tour of ur invincible team when they again tour England for 5 tests and in Dec they tour to Down under for 4 tests. Accept it that ur team only show some courage only in India not even in Bangladesh remember Asia Cup...Some people really need to take a look at themselves instead of coming down on everyone else. Accept it mate it helps u in ur life that jealousy is the ugliest trait.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Australia will win 2015 world cup they had best combination with Warner,Finch opening,Maxwell.Marsh,middle order ,Watson.Clark all rounders,Jhonson,Fulkener ,Starc as fast bowlers .What they need good spinner and good wicket keeper .They had home advantage .With all money INDIA is unable to produce good all rounders.It is BUSINESS

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    i totally agree with everyone up there but i think Pakistan has played very good cricket as well and Pakistan bowling line up is also very dangerous and they are a team to beat with one of the best test batsmen in Misbah

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | May 1, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Why is it so difficult to understand that the rankings merely inform us about the performances in the recent past? If any team is high on rankings, that simply that the team has been doing something right recently. That said, given the quality (or lack of quality) of all the current teams, it is difficult to expect any one team to remain at the top for long. England and India have lost key players, SA have lost Kallis, and Australia could soon discover that one Johnson doesn't make a summer. There could be interesting times ahead.

  • POSTED BY alipk52 on | May 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    By the way is it miracle or what, if not All but most teams set to visit UAE for a series against Pakistan came as number one team, and this time I thought will be only 2nd instance of a top team but not number 1 will be visiting UAE for series against Pakistan (after Sri Lanka), from nowhere Aussies got the number 1 ranking, though they may be number 2 again if SA wins against Sri Lanka, have they got the number 1 ranking because they'll play against Pakistan? if that's the case, then I don't see Australia winning series against Pakistan, coz Pakistan don't lose test series to top teams and don't win a test series to lower ranked team :D

  • POSTED BY ofcourse on | May 1, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Yes, this is going to be short lived. Not because SA have a couple of series coming up, but because Mitch might go out of form any time. Unfortunately, Aus is a one-man team and can't perform anywhere other than relatively pacy tracks.

  • POSTED BY AH_USA on | May 1, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    NZ played good cricket against IND and deserved a better rating, which they have now. Cheers from a PAK supporter.

  • POSTED BY alipk52 on | May 1, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    I have only one issue with this ranking, why England gained one place? they had been showing dismal performances in that period apart from there win in Ashes at home. And as far as performances goes during the period for India and Pakistan, they would have been downgraded more, maybe with Pakistan they drawn series with lowest ranked test team, but their drawn series against top team South Africa and Sri Lanka would've compensate that, but South Africa's downgrade to number 2 after just 1 bad series is injustice for them, they had been winning more and lost just a series , this system get over my head, can someone explain?

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | May 1, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    "However, Australia's immediate reign at No.1 could be short-lived, with South Africa facing two Tests in Sri Lanka" is this means that the author is expecting SA to have a clean sweep in SL? i say its a big task for the Suffers considering they lost all the Test matches played there so far

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | May 1, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @disco_bob, exactly. Ridiculously defensive mindset in coaching and captaincy for the south africans. They had so much potential - they still have better individual players than us but until they have a rethink in strategy I'd be banking on Australia to win again. They lost no series for over five years though, which is an incredibly good achievment - all they needed was a spinner and better tactics and they'd still be number one.

    @captain_meanstar, not even going to bother reading your comments, I wonder what it is that makes you hate Australia so much? Is it because India have never achieved number one in the test rankings? Is it because beating SA home or away is a mere pipe dream for you? Or England for that matter? What is it, 10 losses out of your last 11 overseas tests? Pathetic. You're fifth on the rankings, you cant complain.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    guess that is problem with SA - they lack ruthlessness. They always start poorly in first test and for once it cost them the series. Aus on the other hand brought the opposition down by winning 5-0 against Eng or 4-0 at home against India or 3-0 against Sri Lanka. SA have more talent but are content with 'not losing the series'. Aus on the other hand want to win comprehensively. SA despite losing 1 series in 4 years lost their no 1 position because none of their series wins were very convincing.

  • POSTED BY pradeep_dealwis on | May 1, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    what do you mean AUS's time at the top could be short lived because SA has a two test tour to Sri Lanka?....i see nothing but SA getting whitewashed 2-0 on turning tracks against quality spinners!

  • POSTED BY wellrounded87 on | May 1, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @Posted by on (May 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

    Man a bunch of crybabies on here.

    In the last five years at home Australia have a 5-0 win against England, a 4-0 win against India, a 3-0 win against Sri Lanka, a 1-0 loss to South Africa.

    Away they have a 2-1 win against South Africa, 0-3 loss to England, 0-4 loss to India, 1-0 win against Sri Lanka and a 2-0 win against the Windies.

    So home 12-1 record with 3/4 series wins all of which were whitewashes. Away 4-8 record with a series win against the formerly number 1 ranked team.

    The only team with a comparable record is South Africa. Home 1-2 loss to Australia, 1-0 win against India, 3-0 win against Pak, 2-0 win against NZ, 2-1 win against Sri Lanka, 1-1 draw agianst Australia 10-4

    Away 1-1 Draw against Pakistan, 1-0 win against Australia, 2-0 win against England, 1-0 win against NZ,

    5-1

    India and England however have much worse records. Personally I would say that SA are still 1st if not for losing Kallis and Smith

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Congrats Aussies. A lot of hard work to be done by India. Pakistan have a great chance to got promotion to Test No. 3 slot if their campaign in UAE against Aussies is successful. They are already playing without any super stars for 4 years now so a ot of credit to them. A good amount of test cricket is coming ahead which potentially could disturb the table again, which is nice to have and can't wait for it.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | May 1, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Order restored. Now lets fill the trophy cabinet.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 1, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    not sure if eng win in India is given full weight... as it appears, Pak should be #3, eng shd be #4. India should be smart in their future tour planning.... they should have a proper home/away switch... they played back-to-back away series and did not fair well as their paper strength justified... And key thing to note is, their test count fell drastically and in that >50% are away tests. So, it shows, that they should pull their socks up to be respected for their talents... or India is in the roadmap to retire the test cricket for good... in many senses it makes sense, unless there is a proper contest between bat/ball without taking toll on the players fitness and fatigues.... Without a proper change in rules to make it more interesting to watch, it is good for the cricket world to giveup the marathon format, that dont have any contest at all of whatsoever we adamantly hold to hypocratic grip to call is as pure form of the game when we clearly know, that is the worst form of the game.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | May 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    sixth! no longer scraping the bottom of the barrell and on the way up finnally although i see us struggling in the windies on spinning decks so that rise might be short lived but sixth is definately progress and a sign we are heading in the right direction after years of tourment. south africa are probably the more consistent side but aussie did beat them in their back yard which is a massive achivement, we went there and got rolled for 40 odd so i got no issue with aussie being ranked first but i feel like if oz were to loose johnson they might struggle in the same way if india were to lose kohli they would be pretty average and fall back to the rest of the pack where south africa seem to have a whole side of superstars to call on but when you're at the top there is only one way you can go i suppose.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | May 1, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @SoyQuearns, I agree, @Cpt.Meanster is just an anti Australian, anti test cricket troll who for reasons unbeknown to anyone seeks out posts about both subjects to merely slate them and tell us how great the IPL is. I am surprised as you point out that 5 meaningless posts have been allowed by the moderators. Now, onto the article; I've never been a fan of the rankings system but you don't need it to know Australia are the form side in international cricket at the moment. It is a bit of a laugh that England are at 3 but let's see how they do with Moores.

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | May 1, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Last time India toured England they were ranked No. 1 with too many senior/old players, now they are ranked fifth having a young team when they face England in England. However, at that time England was a settled and in form side but this time they are unsettled and inexperienced. Expecting a more competitive Test series this time around!!

  • POSTED BY JJJake on | May 1, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    historically Australia have toured well overseas. They have consistently won series in England and South Africa. Australia have won four series in India and have won 13 series on the Subcontinent. In the history of the world, no Subcontinent team has ever won a series in Australia. India can't even beat NZ, which is why they are ranked 5th. South Africa play very safe cricket. They don't lose many tests.. but don't often play very exciting cricket. With the upcoming test calendar South Africa should regain the number 1 rank for a couple of months, then Australia should gain it back at the end of the year.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | May 1, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Right now, no side is clearly the best in the world. Any of the top 5 can beat the other in a test match depending on the conditions. The gap between No.1 and No.5 is just 21 points, which means No.5 could get to No.1 with just one good series and vice versa. No point blaming the ICC or any flaw in the ranking, its just a reflection of the state of the game today.

  • POSTED BY Drew2 on | May 1, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    @Ashokdmightyindian I suppose the system wasn't flawed when Australia plunged to 6 and India rose well above them?! India's dominance at home means little with these rankings. For as long as I can remember India have struggled overseas because of the pitches they are raised on, so don't bleat about Australia's right to success when it happens, because they have always provided good fair cricket wickets at home.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | May 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    These rankings are fair. Go Aussie! India's recent performances are correctly reflected in these rankings. What will be the consequences for India players, coach and support team?!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    As an Aussie, I'm glad to see this. But I think the rankings change too fast -- no system is perfect after all. For what it's worth, I still think SA is the best test team in the world, with Aus close behind.

    When England had the ranking, I always thought it was a fragile, statistical fluke based on them thrashing us in the Ashes. It was silly of ENG fans to ignore their 3-nil thrashing in the UAE. Now the boot's on the other foot, and we are off to the UAE too.

    I'm looking forward to it.

  • POSTED BY wazza85 on | May 1, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Australia no 1in ODI will soon be broken by either SL or India. They are much better odi players than Oz.

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 1, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Australia #1 again, normal order restored.

    To those whining - it's the same rankings system that it has been for years. You end up looking petty when you whine only when things don't go your way.

    To those who say 'India is rebuilding' - that is a fair statement, but the same was (and still largely is) true of Australia.

    India, in 2-3 years time, will be monstrous (Rahane, Dhawan, R Sharma, Samson, Jadeja, B Kumar, Shami) but India's final frontier is always winning away from their home fortress (where they are gods).

    England can enjoy drudgery under Cook's boring, tunnel-visioned leadership for the next half decade, watching Borthwick and Kerrigan compete for the 'spin' slot.

    SAF are a wonderful side and will hover between #1 & #2 for the foreseeable future.

    But the end game is this:

    AUSTRALIA are #1 again using the SAME RANKINGS SYSTEM that had them at 5th in the world 2 years ago. And you all laughed and loved the system then.

    That taste in your mouth is sour grapes. Enjoy.

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 1, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - yawn, 5 (approved) posts spouting the same anti-Australian nonsense.

    Seriously man, get over it, these are the same rankings they've been for years now & you haven't raged before.

    The anti-Australian theme runs strong in a great many, our utter dominance for the best part of 20 years will do that to some, but seriously, if you scratch the surface & pick the parts that suit for any team performance you will find gremlins.

    Yep - Aus lost in England & in India, but more recently (which matters for the grading style of the rankings, same as it ever was [despite you not having any concerns with it when it suited you]) we absolutely flogged a FULLSTRENGTH (no matter how you swing it, that's the same XI that beat us in ENG and 10 of them played in the hiding here in 10/11 so nice try but no, not going to happen) Eng team then beat SAF at home.

    It's a tad pathetic & sad that so many people are flaming Aus. Why not look at it more positively - its closer than ever at the top

  • POSTED BY Nandu_Athadu on | May 1, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Australia deserved to be no.1 in Test and SA is rightly placed as 2nd as they lost to AUS in their own backyard. Aus and SA are complete teams in test and the teams to watch out out for. Rest of the teams like India, England are good in their own turf but poor on foreign soils and they cannot stay at the top for most of the time with these kind of performances. I feel sorry for Pakistan as they dont get to play on their home soils due to reasons which they are not control of. This Pakistan team has strong bowling unit which can take 20 wickets to win a test, batting is a worry. India needs to improve their bowling unit to win on foreign soils. ODIs ranking seems to be a little bit strange to me. Undoubtedly India should be the No.1 unit followed by Srilanka and Aus. Not sure how Aus can be on top even though they did not won any majorICC trophy in the recent past, the last being 2007 WC which is 7 years back.

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | May 1, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Oh dear once again a flawed system. But funny how aussies are not crying this time!!ha ha! Theur real test will be whyen they visit UAE . Would love to see pakistan thrashing them. And as usual we will see aussies doing their homework once again.And once again when they would visit India.Clarke would be home by the third test and lehmaan will be replaced by some one else. And then aussies will be crying Pitches were doctored. lolzz

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 1, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    I am ecstatic! At last , Australia are ahead of the pack in both forms of the game. This is the return of the John Buchanan-Steve Waugh, then John Buchanan - Ricky Ponting era when no one could come even close!

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 1, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    A lot of comments mentioning how many Tests South Africa didn't lose, rather than how many Tests they won

  • POSTED BY jkaussie on | May 1, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    As an Aussie cricket supporter can I please provide some sanity to this announcement? The ranking system isn't perfect but it's what's in place and is there to only give the game some colour! It's a great way for each team's supporters to fire up and get stuck into some heated and passionate debate which is good for maintaining interest in the game. Secondly, all of my cricket mates have reacted to this announcement with "oh ok, well done I guess but we need to succeed in all conditions over a long period of time to make it something to be really proud of"...and these mates mainly come from Aust, NZ and Eng. For all my subcontinent friends here on Cricinfo, don't worry, most of us think the same as you do. And we thought the same when India were #1 too, just to be fair! It is a shame that there isn't a better way to recognise really good Test match cricket - there have been some amazingly close, hard fought and entertaining games from all sides that seem to go unnoticed.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    it hurts to admit it, but we were beaten at home by australia and can't still claim to be the best in the world. without kallis and smith we could be struggling to be no 1 again over the next few series. still, look on the bright side - de kock is coming good as a lkimited overs player and imran tahir is finally showing the promise we were expecting of him when he came into the side. now what we need is for the other top nations to stop running scared of us and we'll be back before the great dale steyn retires

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    @whofriggincares - Hilarious comment about Australia winning outside their nation ...Australia has lost their last 8 test matches in India and it is purely an one man army (Mitch), unlike their great teams of late 90s and early 2000s...

    It is just South Africa which has shown some level of consistency in winning abroad....it is true they lost to Aussies recently at home, but that is a very rare scenario...

    Next year, 2012 results (disastrous 4-0 results for India in Eng, Aus) will go out of the window and India will automatically rise up...

    India has a young, inexperienced team, but still ran South Africa in South Africa, very close late last year and should have won the NZ series 2-0..its just a matter of time, before they start winning consistently..

  • POSTED BY Vostok_1 on | May 1, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster I would implore you to check India's test results since 2011 and tell me they have a better record than Australia. Whilst Australia lost 4-0 to India, in India, this was merely a reciprocation of Australia's 4-0 crushing of India, in Australia 2011/12. India even lost to the Black Caps. Also, in reference to Australia beating a 'depleted' England side, that's not what everyone was saying pre-Brisbane. England got so badly beaten it made their team look subpar from the beginning. When we visit that dustbowl I promise you'll be eating your words.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | May 1, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    It's clear to at least this Indian that India's spot on this list is justified. I can't believe that some posters are even questioning Australia being above India in the rankings. Come on. In the period under consideration, Australia have beaten SL in SL (something India hasn't done since the 90s), SA in SA (something hardly any team ever does), and India and Eng at home (both thrashings, the former of which was returned by India). How can you even compare this with India's recent test record, which contains not a single victory abroad?

    Summary: Aus is not yet a great team, and it is not clear at all to me that they are better than SA. But comparisons with India are a joke.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    I have to agree with test rankings. But Australia number one in odi is a joke. They never won any significant tournament after 2007 world cup.

  • POSTED BY SoyQuearns on | May 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Absolutely hilarious to see all the haters on here. Get used to Aus being #1 in tests, the only/final frontier is India at home, and now SRT and Sehwag are gone, Dhawan is human (again) and Rohit Sharma's amazing purple phase has ended they are a different story.

    To those who remark upon our horrifying 0-4 loss in India - yeah, fair enough, but one swallow doth not make a summer, and one loss (albeit heavy) doth not make a team's ranking.

    And we whitewashed India last time they were here, so it's merely tit for tat.

    I actually really like India and South Africa, some of my favourite players are from those nations, but India can't play away from home and South Africa lack that killer instinct to stay at the top (despite having arguably the best XI in test cricket).

    And England are a joke. They enjoyed their 15 minutes of sunshine (including their most recent ashes win at home, which was pathetic and defensive and unconvincing). Now they sacked their best player and have BORTHWICK!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    No fairness in these rankings whatsoever. This is why cricket will find it hard to rise and shine like other sports in the world where the system is fair and balanced with points allocated in a less-complicated and simple way. As a cricket lover, I humbly request the ICC to put up the entire points system on their website so that fans can understand how the points are distributed in a given season. Right now, I completely disagree with these new rankings. Even sensible Aussie fans should question these rankings. They simply don't make any sense.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | May 1, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (May 1, 2014, 1:20 GMT) basically you are saying that if you remove the no.1 bowler from the winning side in a Test series that the result would be worse for the winning side. I don't think there is anything to disagree with there, however I am struggling to see the point you are making

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | May 1, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    @cpt meanster. At least Australia can win somewhere other than at home. India rarely beats any of the test nations anywhere but India! As for the Lion/Lamb theory well we were pretty savage lambs on our last visit to SA. And as for your opinion on the status of test cricket well I think I will listen to the people who actually count, the players and coaches who still (and always will no matter what any keyboard hero says) hold test cricket above all else. Perhaps it is the t/20 mentality that has your country at 5th and sliding on the test rankings. MMMM food for thought.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    look at the number of games Oz had played compared to RSA, says it all really. Real cricket follows knows these ratings are a farce. The real top team is 2nd.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 1, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Judging by some of the comments on here, a bunch of people are just jumping to conclusion without reading the article. Australia are only a fraction of a point ahead of SA, and SA play 3 tests before AUS plays another one, so it will be shortlived. However, there is a big gap between the two top sides and the rest.

    Australia was never as bad as people made it out to be. Besides the away tours of 2013, AUS's record was decent since 2011 ,where we only lost 1 series 1-0 to SA by a whisker, for 2 years. All of which was made up for by 5-0 over ENG and 2-1 over SA, both of whom were ranked ontop of AUS at the point of meeting which means AUS got more points.

    The bottom line is that the same standard applies for all teams, so it is fair.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 1, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    @Vostok_1: Get serious man. Your beloved Australia won ONLY at home against a depleted England team. You lost 4-0 to India, 3-0 to England. Lost all games in the ICC Champions Trophy, managed to only win against Bangladesh in the World T20 recently and how in the world can you be no.1 in any format ? Compare that to SA and India who played better overall cricket during that same time; SA in tests and India in limited overs cricket. This proves the ICC ranking are a joke. Nobody takes them seriously. If Australia's no.1 position after just 2 series win is legit, then India's no.1 ranking 4 years ago was also legit. Time to accept and acknowledge that. I hope Ian Chappell writes a column why Australia do not belong at no.1.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    So order has been retained. We have been put to our place. But the way we played in qualifying period, even #5 seems high. But teams above us are there due to a reason. Aus need not carrying 0-4 India drubbing all the time, they played better after that and results are there. Same way, we can not go all the time of our 0-4 in Aus/Eng. Our overseas tours with new guys in SA/NZ were promising. Not fell apart like we did on those tours. If we get 2 more good bowlers to partner Shami, we will hit #2 or may be #1 soon. What I lose being optimistic :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    The ICC Test Rankings are a farce! To all the people saying 'Order has been restored', 'Normal Service restored' etc., FYI Australia was whitewashed 0-4 by India in India in 2013 and still they are No.1?? You folks criticised the rankings system when India was No.1 saying the system is useless and now when your favorite team makes it to No.1 the system suddenly becomes perfect? Think before commenting!

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    And most prominent thing is which no one noticed that all these teams have won the series at home ground and lost all ones outside the country but Pakistan is the only team which played all matches in foreign country and still maintaining and improving its ranking. If Pakistan would have been playing in its home too than definitely Pakistan would have been number 3 or 2 as England,Aussies and Indian whitewash at their homes.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    If my calculations are right, Australia will only hold on to this ranking for a few more months. They are far from a great side. An average side at best who still cannot win in subcontinental conditions against spin bowling. And some people call themselves as cricket supporters when they cannot see this simple truth. Everybody points to Asian teams struggling overseas. What about SA, ENG and AUS struggling in Asia ? It's equally pathetic.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | May 1, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    (contd) Let me also add that the only way the rankings are going to look fair and reasonable to everybody is inherent not in the way that the rankings are calculated but is contingent on a fair FTP program where every team plays each other for a consistent number of tests in a series over a period of time (not a lot of 2-test series and some 5-test series as is the case presently)

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | May 1, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    To all the people whining about the ranking system, no it isn't perfect (long way from it) but it is what it is. It takes into account home and away series against each side so the India 4-0 loss is balanced out somewhat by the fact we beat them in Australia in exactly the same fashion. I know that series seems a long time ago but it was the last time we played India at home! How else are they going to do the rankings? Suggestions anyone? It makes me laugh how so many people were more and more keen to point out our position in the rankings the lower it got , but now we are on top it's a ridiculous system blah blah blah. Fact is we whitewashed England and beat the number 1 ranked team in their own back yard (not easy to do) so well done to the few people who gave congrats on this forum. Oh and it isn't such a strange thing for us to be number 1 , if you want facts we have spent 74 months on top of the ranking system since it was introduced , SA next best with 23 months.Love that stat!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 1, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @ThePacifist10: You fought hard, but you didn't WIN. England beat you in India 2-1 and beat you at home 4-0. You guys haven't won a test away from home in around 3 years.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | May 1, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    The rankings are and were always fair - it is based on a reasonable scientific formula and it amazes me how many people complain about it if it does not reflect their favorite team at the place where they think the team should be! I am not too pleased that Oz is at the top but fair it is - and hope for a tough fight from SA and the teams in the middle!

  • POSTED BY Vostok_1 on | May 1, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Ah sour grapes all round from the Indian and Saffer supporters. There's no need to be upset if you don't agree with the ICC ranking system. Australia beat SA at home and have been rewarded. Whilst its SA's first loss in a considerable time, it's not like they won every test series in between losses.

    If Australia shouldn't be number one then who should be? India? Pakistan? Please.

    @Natx you'd be foolish to bet on Pakistan against the Aussies. They haven't won a series since 2011/12 and your'e betting against the world's best bowling attack? Laughable.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    where is the T20 Ranking...

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 1, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Test cricket is a DEAD format as far as I am concerned. My only concern is for India to do well in ODIs and T20s. These new rankings prove why they are a JOKE and a FARCE. Absolutely ridiculous calculations. Wonder where the ICC purchased their supercomputer ! Anyway, this is a game of see-saw and in no time Australia will be back to where they belong in all forms - in the middle of the table. A team that doesn't know how to play spin bowling on slow, low pitches against quality spin does NOT deserve to be no.1 in any format. Technically speaking, all the top teams are lions at home and lambs abroad. If I did the rankings, the no.1 place would be non-existent.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 1, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    This is why the ICC rankings are a JOKE ! India won the ICC Champions Trophy, beat MANY teams on a consistent basis in ODIs for more than a year. Played VERY WELL in the ICC World T20 reaching the finals and the ICC rankings make a mockery of all that efforts. I do agree however with India's test position. With no significant series win overseas, India's 5th position is justified. However, India are easily the BEST limited overs team in the world. I don't accept these new rankings. It's a farce.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    I thought the annual ranking update is supposed to take place in August

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | May 1, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Order has been restored

    Now let's hear from all the haters.........

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | May 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    We have returned to normal services.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | May 1, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Interesting and for once the rankings make sense. Not much difference between SA and AUS and they are rightly positioned at the top. And not much difference between Eng, Ind, Pak and they are rightly placed in the middle.

    What does this tell? SA should play more test matches . There is really not much difference between Aus and SA but SA have been a well balanced side and they have been losing and regaining this top position from other sides for a while. Other teams like India, Eng have only managed to hold this once in the last 5 years but SA had it more than once i guess.

    Also surprised to see that NZ played more Test matches than India in this period.

    And thanks to the author for not including the T20 rankings in this article.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    The tendency is to believe that its great to be back where we belong, but as the article says it could easily be a temporary situation. With the 0-4 drubbing vs India still fresh the tour in UAE vs Pakistan poses a considerable challenge.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    "Despite not having played a Test since their series win over South Africa in the first week of March, the Australians have edged ahead of South Africa "

    The ranking system is like the Indian Karma theory. It is what you have done in the past that determines what you are today and what you do today that determines what you will be in future. Or shall we say it is like the once notorious Doordarshan's "Deferred Live" telecast? :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    ridiculous ranking system. South Africa who hasn't lost any series from 2009 and only one defeat made them lose their no one status. How about the 4-0 and 3-0 loss for Australia last year by India and England? Doesn't it matter for the rankings. If they wanted new rankings for the championship couldn't they start the ranking system from a date where all the teams have 0 points and then earn the points on the no of wins. Australia can't play spin. If India can play only on sub continent what has Australia done? one test win over SA doesn't make difference.

  • POSTED BY nyazdanie on | May 1, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Test series between Pakistan and Australia would be quite interesting.

  • POSTED BY andrew-schulz on | May 1, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    We all knew Australia would be back to number one when the rankings were recalibrated. We also knew South Africa would move back to number one before Australia played again. Why hide it? The system is a farce and must be overhauled. What was there previously would do nicely. The one day system is even worse. India should certainly receive greater reward for winning the World Cup and champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | May 1, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Terrific turn around from Australia for their attractive brand of cricket they play. Aus vs SA a real mouth watering series, Australia though clearly ahead based on the last series they played in SA. Expectations will be high when this Aussie team plays in the sub-continent.

    True indication of where India is languishing in Tests. For a few years based on results at home and weak opposition, there was an illusion that India was a top rank test team. This country needs to appreciate tests better to be top ranked.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | May 1, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Congrats Oz... Johnson deserves the most of the credit for this turn-around.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    this ranking is ridiculous how did Australia get top spot they just won two series wins in past two years and lost very badly in many series before Lehman step up. south Africa never lost a test series before they lost one against Australia in two years. although India has poor away record they won considerable home matches. on the other hand every one know pakistan was not so good in tests. so totally i can't believe this rankings.

  • POSTED BY Natx on | May 1, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Questionable ranking system. In the one day segment, they haven't won any significant tournaments for the last 4 years but still ranked No.1 :-) In tests, what happened to the 4-0 loss at India (I guess they last won a series there in 2004) and 3-0 loss at England? Just because beating England at home conditions (5-0) and SA away (2-1) you get back to No 1? Weird. England haven't done badly in tests other than recent ashes but they are pushed down by 20. Similarly India didn't lose by big margins (1-0 at SA and NZ) and they have gone to 5th. It would be interesting when other teams visit India. Looks like Aus came unaffected even with a 4-0. Obviously they will return the 4-0 favor to India when they tour them later this year and go up by 1000 points :-)

    I still bet my money on Pakistan when Aus visit them at UAE later this year. Pak has a chance to go up to No.3 (though they haven't won any significant test series outside of Asia over the last several years).

  • POSTED BY nlambda on | May 1, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Hurts to see Ind down at #5 but it is deserved - the team has been TERRIBLE abroad. Losing in SA after having winning chances in both games and then losing to NZ were big blows. The future looks bleak too with away series in Eng and Aus.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | May 1, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    India will reclaim to no. 2 or 3 it's a matter of time and their is not much difference b/w 5th to 3rd position it's a matter of just 2 points. Australia will down again as SA are just behind fraction of a point.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | May 1, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Pakistan is rank 4 in test ranking!! wow how did that happened?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    So does this mean that the structural problems in Australian cricket have disappeared altogether? Just before the Ashes, there was considerable amount of consternation about the quality of players available for the top order. Except for Warner, Clarke and Smith the top order is brittle. Plus the lack of a quality spinner. Even though Lyon is good but don't see him developing into a great bowler. He can prove me wrong though. On the fast bowling side, its all down to Mitchell Johnson. The rest are the same bowlers who have played during that period of abyss.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 1, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    Order has been restored! Welcome back to the top Australia, the best in the world.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | May 1, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    India has come to its true place in test rankings #5.

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | May 1, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    India being 5th is accurate. Australia no.1, I'm not sure.

  • POSTED BY Maroubra_Flyer on | May 1, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    The rankings are a very subjective exercise. It's a shame the SA/Aust Test series was only 3 tests. A 2-1 victory not conclusive enough. Both teams should play a 5 Test series or better still a 6 Test Home & Away series as their cricket seasons are the same. Playing Pakistan will be interesting (the most naturally talented cricket side in the world). Australia need to improve on the subcontinent, but would with this side (especially with Steve Smith & Clarke and the way they use their feet). India a surprise but they are rebuilding and won't be down at 5 for long. A shame all Indian pitches are low & slow, it stops them from doing well elsewhere and improving their rankings further!!!

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 1, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Really sad to see the fall of SA to # 2 in test cricket. you cannot do that to SA they played awesome cricket in last 4 years and one loss put them to # 2. man this is cruel. really cruel.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Bizzare rankings. Australia have been playing well recently but it's important to remember the crushing results they experienced in both England and India last year. South Africa in my opinion are still the number one team as they have endured sustained success over the last five years or so. The rankings desperately need to be remodelled as it hard to take them seriously when a team such as England move up after a 5-0 whitewash. Odd to say the least.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    I recall that, when England were on top of the Test rankings, there were a number of people who said that that was only because they played more Tests than everyone else. That was ridiculous of course, because the rating is actually averaged out so the number of games played is irrelevant. Many of those accusations came from a particular part of the world though. Now I see that India and SL have played significantly more ODIs than everyone else. I wonder if anyone will have anything to say about that.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    I'm sure it will be considered sour grapes by some but, as an England fan, I have to say that England really were beaten more by Mitchell Johnson than Australia. That's not to say that England would have won had Johnson not been there though. I think that, without him, the Ashes would have been the fairly even series that I expected and could have gone either way. I think that the rest of the team improved with the confidence they gained as a result of having less pressure on them. That continued through the series in SA until they produced what was probably their best team performance in the final game. Even if their success has been in large part due to one player, you'd still have to say that they deserve to be at the top based on recent performances. If Johnson can carry on as he has been then I have no doubt that the rest of the team is at least good enough to keep them there for a while. Some hard work ahead for their opposition, especially with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Australia lost more series last year than South Africa has lost in the last 4 years. What a joke.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    i think nz can aim for no 3 in the test rankings, all we need is more high scores the wickets will fall im sure of that

  • POSTED BY Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on | May 1, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    At last, Everything's in its right place

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 1, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This is just wrong. I can understand it if India are 3rd or 4th, since we haven't won a Test in the past 6 months. However, I can't fathom how England are at 3rd place and we at 5th!! I mean England were a rubbish and hopeless team with absolutely no motivation to play in Australia. Hell, they even lost to the West Indies a few times. They haven't done anything significant in Tests in the last 6 months, plus they didn't show FIGHT. There were no notable performances from the England team, save for perhaps Stokes and Broad. That's it.

    Look at India. Our tests in New Zealand and South Africa had contributions from guys like Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan and Ishant!! We pushed them to edge. WE FOUGHT THEM HEAD TO TOE AND CAME CLOSE TO WINNING TWO OUT OF FOUR TESTS, WHICH WERE DRAWN. We were not whitewashed like England. We played far better cricket.

    I don't care if we reach Number 1 now, because I finally understand the folly of the rankings. To put England ahead of India is absurd.

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 1, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    This is just wrong. I can understand it if India are 3rd or 4th, since we haven't won a Test in the past 6 months. However, I can't fathom how England are at 3rd place and we at 5th!! I mean England were a rubbish and hopeless team with absolutely no motivation to play in Australia. Hell, they even lost to the West Indies a few times. They haven't done anything significant in Tests in the last 6 months, plus they didn't show FIGHT. There were no notable performances from the England team, save for perhaps Stokes and Broad. That's it.

    Look at India. Our tests in New Zealand and South Africa had contributions from guys like Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Dhawan and Ishant!! We pushed them to edge. WE FOUGHT THEM HEAD TO TOE AND CAME CLOSE TO WINNING TWO OUT OF FOUR TESTS, WHICH WERE DRAWN. We were not whitewashed like England. We played far better cricket.

    I don't care if we reach Number 1 now, because I finally understand the folly of the rankings. To put England ahead of India is absurd.

  • POSTED BY Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on | May 1, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    At last, Everything's in its right place

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    i think nz can aim for no 3 in the test rankings, all we need is more high scores the wickets will fall im sure of that

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Australia lost more series last year than South Africa has lost in the last 4 years. What a joke.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    I'm sure it will be considered sour grapes by some but, as an England fan, I have to say that England really were beaten more by Mitchell Johnson than Australia. That's not to say that England would have won had Johnson not been there though. I think that, without him, the Ashes would have been the fairly even series that I expected and could have gone either way. I think that the rest of the team improved with the confidence they gained as a result of having less pressure on them. That continued through the series in SA until they produced what was probably their best team performance in the final game. Even if their success has been in large part due to one player, you'd still have to say that they deserve to be at the top based on recent performances. If Johnson can carry on as he has been then I have no doubt that the rest of the team is at least good enough to keep them there for a while. Some hard work ahead for their opposition, especially with the bat.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | May 1, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    I recall that, when England were on top of the Test rankings, there were a number of people who said that that was only because they played more Tests than everyone else. That was ridiculous of course, because the rating is actually averaged out so the number of games played is irrelevant. Many of those accusations came from a particular part of the world though. Now I see that India and SL have played significantly more ODIs than everyone else. I wonder if anyone will have anything to say about that.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Bizzare rankings. Australia have been playing well recently but it's important to remember the crushing results they experienced in both England and India last year. South Africa in my opinion are still the number one team as they have endured sustained success over the last five years or so. The rankings desperately need to be remodelled as it hard to take them seriously when a team such as England move up after a 5-0 whitewash. Odd to say the least.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 1, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Really sad to see the fall of SA to # 2 in test cricket. you cannot do that to SA they played awesome cricket in last 4 years and one loss put them to # 2. man this is cruel. really cruel.

  • POSTED BY Maroubra_Flyer on | May 1, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    The rankings are a very subjective exercise. It's a shame the SA/Aust Test series was only 3 tests. A 2-1 victory not conclusive enough. Both teams should play a 5 Test series or better still a 6 Test Home & Away series as their cricket seasons are the same. Playing Pakistan will be interesting (the most naturally talented cricket side in the world). Australia need to improve on the subcontinent, but would with this side (especially with Steve Smith & Clarke and the way they use their feet). India a surprise but they are rebuilding and won't be down at 5 for long. A shame all Indian pitches are low & slow, it stops them from doing well elsewhere and improving their rankings further!!!

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | May 1, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    India being 5th is accurate. Australia no.1, I'm not sure.