ICC team rankings May 2, 2014

The battle for the top Test spot

While Australia have a great recent record, the ICC's ranking system doesn't take into account South Africa's superior overseas performances
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Australia have reclaimed the No. 1 position, but their overseas record, especially in Asia, remains an area where they can improve significantly
Australia have reclaimed the No. 1 position, but their overseas record, especially in Asia, remains an area where they can improve significantly © Getty Images

For the first time since August 2009, Australia are back on top of the ICC Test rankings. It may only have come about because of the technical adjustment from the ICC's annual updating, but the fact that they were even close enough to the top-ranked team to take advantage of this adjustment says plenty about the improvements they've made since sliding to fifth on the table not so long ago.

The ICC update usually happened on August 1, but since last year the date has been brought forward to May 1, which makes sense given that there's usually a lull in the international calendar during that period, with the England season starting later in the month. Had the adjustment happened in August, South Africa would have got a chance to wrest back the top spot, since they tour Sri Lanka in July (though that would have been a tough ask too, given their poor record in that country of late.)

As it turned out, Australia benefited as their poor results from the 2010-11 period - a 2-0 defeat to India and a 3-1 loss to England - went out of the ranking system, while the 4-0 drubbing in India was reduced to a weighting of 50%. (The time periods for the weightings are as follows: all series that finished between August 1, 2011 and April 30, 2013 got 50% weightings, while all series that finished between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014 got 100% weightings.)

As the table below indicates, Australia's 12-7 win-loss record during the first period was the second-best among all teams against the top sides (excluding Tests against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) - they were well below South Africa's 12-2. Pakistan were 7-4 in this time, but three of those wins were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh; against the better teams they won as many as they lost - they beat England 3-0 but lost by the same margin in South Africa.

However, the biggest difference between South Africa and the other sides was in their overseas results. In the first period, South Africa had a clean 4-0 record, with wins in New Zealand, England and Australia, even as every other team struggled in conditions they weren't familiar with. However, that didn't win South Africa extra points in the ratings, since they don't factor in the venue for a series. Australia, in contrast, only had a 4-5 record, thanks to those four losses in India (though they had a creditable 1-0 series win in Sri Lanka in 2011).

In the last year, Australia have closed the gap thanks to an outstanding Ashes campaign at home, and an even better series in South Africa earlier this year. However, before that they'd lost 3-0 in England, which means their away record is still a less-than-impressive 2-4. Michael Clarke has repeatedly stressed the need for Australia to come up with consistent, winning performances all over the world, and their away record is surely one that needs a lift. The South Africa tour was a huge step, but the series against Pakistan in the UAE later this year will be as big, given their generally poor record in Asia. South Africa haven't played a whole lot away in the last year, but they still managed a drawn series against Pakistan in the UAE. Their big disappointment was at home, but overall since July 2011, they still have a 15-5 win-loss record, which is significantly better than Australia's 19-11. Even allowing for the 50% decay for the first couple of years, they might still feel entitled to the top spot, based on those numbers, and their consistently superior overseas numbers.

The team which lost out the most was India, which dropped from third to fifth. Given their terrible overseas record recently, that seems a fair position for them, but the drop was largely because their wins against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies in 2010-11 went out of the ranking system, while those against New Zealand and Australia at home in 2012-13 dropped in value to 50%. In 2011-12 they had a nightmare period on tours, losing eight on the trot, and while those results will stay in the system for another year, they'll go out in May 2015. That gives India a huge opportunity to improve their ranking if they come up with better results on their tours to England and Australia later this year.

Test results for teams between Jul 21, 2011 and Apr 30, 2013
      v top teams*
Team Matches W/ L Total Tests W/ L Home Tests W/ L Away Tests W/ L
South Africa 19 12/ 2 19 12/ 2 10 8/ 2 9 4/ 0
Australia 24 12/ 7 24 12/ 7 12 8/ 2 12 4/ 5
England 22 9/ 7 22 9/ 7 10 6/ 2 12 3/ 5
Pakistan 15 7/ 4 12 4/ 4 - - 12 4/ 4
India 21 9/ 10 21 9/ 10 13 9/ 2 8 0/ 8
Sri Lanka 21 5/ 9 19 4/ 9 10 3/ 3 9 1/ 6
West Indies 17 7/ 6 11 2/ 6 5 2/ 2 6 0/ 4
New Zealand 18 4/ 9 16 2/ 9 6 0/ 1 10 2/ 8
Test results for teams since May 2013
      v top teams*
Team Matches W/ L Total Tests W/ L Home Tests W/ L Away Tests W/ L
Australia 13 7/ 4 13 7/ 4 5 5/ 0 8 2/ 4
New Zealand 7 3/ 2 7 3/ 2 5 3/ 0 2 0/ 2
India 6 2/ 2 6 2/ 2 2 2/ 0 4 0/ 2
Pakistan 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 - - 5 2/ 2
South Africa 7 3/ 3 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 2 1/ 1
Sri Lanka 5 2/ 1 3 1/ 1 - - 3 1/ 1
England 12 5/ 5 12 5/ 5 7 5/ 0 5 0/ 5
West Indies 5 0/ 4 5 0/ 4 - - 5 0/ 4
* Excluding Tests against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe

During the entire time since July 21, 2011, which is the period for the current rankings, South Africa have the best win-loss ratio, the best batting average, and the second-best bowling average. Australia pip them on the bowling front, averaging 28.82 to South Africa's 29. Both teams average well over a century per Test, though South Africa are ahead on this count as well - 1.42 to 1.24.

Among the leading batsmen, there are two South African batsmen - Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers - among the top three, though close behind them is Michael Clarke. Those three, along with India's Cheteshwar Pujara, are the only ones to score 1500-plus runs at 60-plus averages during this period.

In the bowling charts, the four best quick bowlers going around now are bunched together at the top - Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris are the only ones to take 75-plus wickets at sub-23 averages during this period. Peter Siddle and Morne Morkel feature a little further down that list, while Nathan Lyon is in the mix too with 112 wickets at 32.99. Trent Boult and Tim Southee have carried New Zealand's attack, while Stuart Broad and James Anderson have been England's best bets, but the three teams from the subcontinent only have a spinner each to represent them - Rangana Herath, Saeed Ajmal and R Ashwin.

Clearly, Australia and South Africa have broken away as the two best teams going around now. Australia have the top spot by a whisker at the moment, but a tough series against Pakistan coming up, while South Africa have an equally tricky assignment in Sri Lanka. For the best teams in the world, these are good opportunities to prove why they are so far ahead of the rest.

Batting and bowling stats versus the top teams since Jul 21, 2011
Team Tests W/ L Bat ave 100s/ 50s Bowl ave
South Africa 26 15/ 5 39.20 37/ 56 29.00
Australia 37 19/ 11 35.75 46/ 86 28.82
England 34 14/ 12 33.13 32/ 77 32.12
Pakistan 17 6/ 6 30.84 18/ 35 32.56
India 27 11/ 12 33.51 29/ 60 36.41
Sri Lanka 22 5/ 10 30.35 17/ 55 36.95
New Zealand 23 5/ 11 27.62 17/ 40 34.33
West Indies 16 2/ 10 28.43 13/ 36 38.16

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • WeirPicki on May 7, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    So a side that was THUMPED 4-0 in India and 3-0 in England in the past 14 months is now number 1. Yeah, whatever.

  • on May 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Yes we lost smith and kallis but there are very good players waiting in the wings to take their places. We just need to re-shuffle our resources. I'm not to worried about the proteas team playing good cricket. Let Aus be no.1 ranked....their supporters need it more to feel good about themselves. Hopefully we have more test cricket in future and at least 3 match series. To me SA and Australia are evenly matched. They produce good test cricket matches. I don't know why some are so worked up about the proteas being able to block out a draw. Do chasing 400plus happen everyday? South Africa won a test series in aus after drawing a game they should have lost. When the chips are down you need heroes to stand up. This is what test cricket is about.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 4, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    I am an England fan and fail to see the justification of the complaints, Australia just beat SA away surely that determines at the moment they are the best test side, it is relevant. My opinion is India are probably the best side in ODI's and SL in T20's but there is a ranking system in place and it will never please all, when India were ranked No.1 it was apparently spot on. Australia have come a long way in the last couple of years, they prioritized the 2 Ashes series with seeming little commitment to the India test series in India and certainly were weakened in the CT; well done Ozzie

  • gandabhai on May 3, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Australia have been the best test team during the last six months (mainly due to MJ, and if he gets injured they won't be as good) South Africa have been the best test team over the last 4 years . The rankings are flawed.

  • on May 3, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Rankings will always be argued upon and debated until the end of time. That is the nature of them and the unfortunate thing about statistics is that they will never be full proof and all encompassing and people can always pick holes in them or interpret them in the way that suits their argument. I personally tend to ignore them and look at the here and now, what the respective sides current form and abilities are and recent results. For me, Australia are undoubtedly the best side right NOW. Their brand of cricket is exciting, dynamic and attacking and they recently put England to the sword (who, let's not forget, were overwhelming favourites before the series) and went to South Africa and fully merited that series win. Improvements can be made and winning in Asia is the next target but right now, they certainly are the in form test team who have outplayed opposition over these past few months. They deserve the accolades that come their way.

  • fkhawaja on May 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    what ever the maths or stats may be , but the main thing is who is the best now. for me australia are a better test side than any other at this moment. they can beat any team and have all bases covered as a team.

  • JJJake on May 3, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Australia has played the most entertaining test cricket I've seen recent decades. When Australia were last at number 1 they were very methodical in winning tests. This current test team doesn't contain many all-time greats. They don't play safe. They don't wait for the opposition to make mistakes. They just go hammer and tog from ball one. It's exciting to watch. They chance their arm and give the opposition the opportunity to win by declaring. They will rarely draw a test. Yes, they have lost a lot of tests recently..but they have also won lots, playing this style of cricket. Very refreshing attitude.

  • on May 3, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    This person David Kendix must develop something that also consider changes when are due and show us calculations made. The funny part is even if South Africa win H/L 5/1 will still not get number if Australia H/L 2/0 to Pak

  • PROPHESIER on May 2, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee, are u serious? Are you still clamoring for granting more tests to Bangladesh? Oh boy you have some nerves, look at its pathetic record and get real.

  • RandyOZ on May 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    A lot of sour grapes here. Really is great to see. Hopefully served wide a large side of humble pie!

  • WeirPicki on May 7, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    So a side that was THUMPED 4-0 in India and 3-0 in England in the past 14 months is now number 1. Yeah, whatever.

  • on May 5, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Yes we lost smith and kallis but there are very good players waiting in the wings to take their places. We just need to re-shuffle our resources. I'm not to worried about the proteas team playing good cricket. Let Aus be no.1 ranked....their supporters need it more to feel good about themselves. Hopefully we have more test cricket in future and at least 3 match series. To me SA and Australia are evenly matched. They produce good test cricket matches. I don't know why some are so worked up about the proteas being able to block out a draw. Do chasing 400plus happen everyday? South Africa won a test series in aus after drawing a game they should have lost. When the chips are down you need heroes to stand up. This is what test cricket is about.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 4, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    I am an England fan and fail to see the justification of the complaints, Australia just beat SA away surely that determines at the moment they are the best test side, it is relevant. My opinion is India are probably the best side in ODI's and SL in T20's but there is a ranking system in place and it will never please all, when India were ranked No.1 it was apparently spot on. Australia have come a long way in the last couple of years, they prioritized the 2 Ashes series with seeming little commitment to the India test series in India and certainly were weakened in the CT; well done Ozzie

  • gandabhai on May 3, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Australia have been the best test team during the last six months (mainly due to MJ, and if he gets injured they won't be as good) South Africa have been the best test team over the last 4 years . The rankings are flawed.

  • on May 3, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Rankings will always be argued upon and debated until the end of time. That is the nature of them and the unfortunate thing about statistics is that they will never be full proof and all encompassing and people can always pick holes in them or interpret them in the way that suits their argument. I personally tend to ignore them and look at the here and now, what the respective sides current form and abilities are and recent results. For me, Australia are undoubtedly the best side right NOW. Their brand of cricket is exciting, dynamic and attacking and they recently put England to the sword (who, let's not forget, were overwhelming favourites before the series) and went to South Africa and fully merited that series win. Improvements can be made and winning in Asia is the next target but right now, they certainly are the in form test team who have outplayed opposition over these past few months. They deserve the accolades that come their way.

  • fkhawaja on May 3, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    what ever the maths or stats may be , but the main thing is who is the best now. for me australia are a better test side than any other at this moment. they can beat any team and have all bases covered as a team.

  • JJJake on May 3, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    Australia has played the most entertaining test cricket I've seen recent decades. When Australia were last at number 1 they were very methodical in winning tests. This current test team doesn't contain many all-time greats. They don't play safe. They don't wait for the opposition to make mistakes. They just go hammer and tog from ball one. It's exciting to watch. They chance their arm and give the opposition the opportunity to win by declaring. They will rarely draw a test. Yes, they have lost a lot of tests recently..but they have also won lots, playing this style of cricket. Very refreshing attitude.

  • on May 3, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    This person David Kendix must develop something that also consider changes when are due and show us calculations made. The funny part is even if South Africa win H/L 5/1 will still not get number if Australia H/L 2/0 to Pak

  • PROPHESIER on May 2, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee, are u serious? Are you still clamoring for granting more tests to Bangladesh? Oh boy you have some nerves, look at its pathetic record and get real.

  • RandyOZ on May 2, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    A lot of sour grapes here. Really is great to see. Hopefully served wide a large side of humble pie!

  • Warm_Coffee on May 2, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Its pretty shocking that SA are not world number 1 anymore. Never been a fan of this ranking system Cricket uses. It needs to look at the models for Tennis, Golf and Rugby in my view so we can get an accurate measure. Australia does mighty well in pitches with pace and bounce but generally the opposite when conditions especially in subcontinent don't suit them. Also Australia play far more test matches than most other teams. When did SA last play a 5 match test series? How many does the likes of West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh play? rankings don't always tell the whole story.

  • contrast_swing on May 2, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    I think a good measure of a team's strength is how often their lower order gets to bat i.e. no. 9,10,11. You can extend it to how often a captain has to turn to part-time bowlers. Every team wants to win and when theu are doing good and the captain is satisfied they rarely change the strategy and bring in part-time bowlers. Likewise if the top order is batting well, lower order will get to bat only once and at times not even that is needed.

    To see a proof of this, check how often Glenn McGrath batted in worldcups even though he play in four finals and won three of those. Win and loss etc. are not always good descriptors, as this analysis and following comments show.

    So, Rajesh, could give us a analysi/table that shows how often a team needs to ask is lower oder to bat and part-timers to bowl.

  • AltafPatel on May 2, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    2 test series win after 0-4 white wash (India) and 0-3 (in England) and you got No.1 spot ?! Who cares what maths says, look at SA in last 8 years, with only 2 test series defeat and no series defeat in away at all.

  • heathrf1974 on May 2, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    It needs to take into account four years of test cricket. That is when most teams have played each other home and away. Australia aren't the best Test team in the world at the moment, but are close.

  • xtrafalgarx on May 2, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    The whole "SA HASN'T LOST A SERIES AWAY SINCE 2006" Is a great record, but somewhat misleading. They haven't lost away first of all because for a large part of that run, they had a great team. However, they were never a team to WIN a lot overseas, they just never lost and got lots of draws. A lot of this is due to the 2 match series they played, so you only need 1 good game and you're safe.

    So yes, good record - but i feel people read into it much more than it really needs to be. Also, i think the last time they toured India was 4/5 years ago and you can hardly rely on results so long ago.

  • cloudmess on May 2, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    SA are obviously still the no 1 team overall, and I say that as a neutral. They have a much better overall record in the past 5 years - they did not lose a series in that time, whereas the wheels embarrassingly fell off the Australian bus several times, even as recently as 2013. Sometimes the rankings can produce such anomalies, like when SA themselves were ranked higher than the great Aussie side around 2003. So, sorry you Aussies - prove you can win a few series on tracks which don't suit Mitchell Johnson, and you'll truly deserve the mace.

  • ZiggyMarley on May 2, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    To people saying that Aus deserve to be number 1 because they beat SA in SA should consider a few things. It was the first series where SA played without Jacques Kallis, Steyn was injured in the final test (when you consider SA were 5 overs from drawing, this is a huge factor) and Graeme Smith was worth 45 runs in 6 innings (Warner scored 550 in 6 innings). So essentially, fine margins in ONE SERIES have resulted in SA being second with a 12-2 win-loss record behind Oz with a 12-7 win-loss record? It just doesn't make sense to be honest. I think SA will take Oz 8 times out 10 in a series. How often will Warner score 550 runs in a 3-match series and how long with MJ's groove last? No SA player was in a purple patch in that series and still were 20 minutes away from drawing the series.

  • on May 2, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    This ranking system has rewarded recent form over long term consistency which has left SA short changed for sure. Still, there is nothing in it, both SA and Aust are on 123 points and the next coming months will see whether this ranking is simply a hiccup in SA 's long term reign at #1 or whether its the changing of the guard.

  • on May 2, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Fair to Australia for the highly competitive cricket played in the last season. But, highly unfair on the South Africans to lose their top spot after just one series loss. The rankings need some fair play and the deserved need to sit on top. There are many factors that are discounted while charting out the ranks, most notably the inconsequential away wins. Test Cricket needs away wins and teams need to be honored for the level of cricket that a visiting team plays to outwit a home team. An away goal in a champions league football leg is considered so decisive at times, in Cricket it's just another win. I'm an Indian and i'm highly disappointed that my country is sitting at no 5, but they deserved it. This ranking system needs a revamp to ensure a level playing field. Looks like the South Africa have led themselves into another 22 runs required of 1 ball situation for no fault of theirs !

  • eZoha on May 2, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    Australia (and Johnson) are not going to get hard bouncy pitches all around the world. So they still have a long way to go to to make sure they don't repeat 0-4 (in India) and 0-3 (in Eng) results. Their recent performance is appreciable, though.

  • Hardy1 on May 2, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Australia probably are the best team right now what with the retirements of Smith & Kallis weakening South Africa, but it still seems somewhat unfair that South Africa can lose a series by a 1 test margin & then lose their no.1 ranking to a team that recently lose series 4-0 & 3-0 when this is the first series that South Africa have lost in years. They still haven't lose overseas since 2006 for God's sale!

  • Pragmatic on May 2, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    You gotta love all the negativity about the rankings as soon as Australia get the number one ranking. Aside from the number of tests played it is a fair indication on the current form of the test sides. I remember in the 90's when South Africa briefly became number one when they hadn't beaten Australia or India for years, so there will always be anomalies. Personally, I think South Africa are still the most consistent side, but that will change without Kallis and Smith.

    The other thing that continues to appear on these forums is how bad Australia's record in Asia is. This is absolute garbage, Australia's record in INDIA is terrible but against all other Asian teams, both home and away, Australia has the best record of any team including India!! Let's hope they can keep it up against Pakistan.

  • UsmanMuhammad on May 2, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Aussies are going to face extremely tough times in UAE. I'm not taking anything away from them as they are deservedly no#1 beating SA in their home. Ideally I would like to see some fast tracks in UAE but knowing Misbah that ain't gonna happen.

    Ajmal will make Aussie batsmen dance on this tour. Johnson will not be effective on flat tracks and only chance for them is to get Harris' knees fit in time. He is a wonderful bowler.

  • Kirstenfan on May 2, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    I think the most revealing figure here is that in the last year England and Aus each played 12 or 13 tests, while everyone else played 7 or less - need to share test matches around more. Sri Lank and the West Indies only played 5 tests in the past year!

  • on May 2, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Wouldlovetoplayagain, just wanted to say how much I agree with your comment that:

    The real disappointment in Test Cricket is how rare it is to see two really good teams playing an exciting series like this one just gone. For Australians, the 2005 series in England was one, and the 2001 series in India another, but they are few and far between.

    Great test series are indeed rare (it depends on having great players, or players in great form, context, and what the Spanish call morbo - means edge, outside interest extra meaning). One of the greatest 3 test series, for example was in (I think) 1988. West Indies (Marshall, Ambrose and Walsh) against Pakistan (Imran, Wasim and Qadir). Leave out Walsh and you have a bowling attack of batsman's nightmares!

    I do wonder whether some of the national cricket boards (naming no names) play tests with a view to bumping up the rankings (or letting their star players retire with a win)?

  • PrasPunter on May 2, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @S.Jagernath, Aus were not slaughtered in Eng . 3-0 was not a fair reflection of the way we played there and that was vindicated by what was a real slaughtering - 5-0 !!

    With due to respect to SA who even the Aus team has admitted as the best, they prefer boring draws than defeats when going for victories. We never liked to level matches and that is one of the reasons why we lost 7 !! I could see at-least 2 matches where we could have played out for a draw - both against SA - in this window - but that's not the way we play !!

  • MrGarreth on May 2, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Bafana Bafana beat Spain in a football match recently. Must mean Bafana Bafana are a better side than Spain and effectively the best side in the world - that's basically what these rankings are saying.

  • S.Jagernath on May 2, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Whether what the statisticians say & the rankings say,how can 12-2 be worse than 12-7?. Since away performances mean nothing,why are India not ahead of Pakistan?Pakistan have not been winning anything recently. Australia were slaughtered in India & England & they are the "World's Best"

  • wouldlovetoplayagain on May 2, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Australia just beat the generally undisputed number one side in the world on their home turf when most experts expected South Africa to win. With that in mind, a ranking system that had South Africa still on top would be a bit of an anomaly surely.

    The real disappointment in Test Cricket is how rare it is to see two really good teams playing an exciting series like this one just gone. For Australians, the 2005 series in England was one, and the 2001 series in India another, but they are few and far between.

  • First_Drop on May 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and yes, I believe that Australia are probably the best team in the world at the moment. SA, having lost Kallis and Smith are a poor reflectino of their earlier selves. And Australia, with the rejuvenated Mitch and the increrdible Ryan Harris, have a great attack. However, I was very surprised to see them back at No.1 - though beating england 5-0 and SA 2-1 at home are both outstandfing results, I can't see how this is justified. This is afterall, the ratings system that resulted in India, who win very little overseas, bering ranked no.2 for quite sometime.

    I think the ratings system obviously needs some changing. unfortunately, the ICC are far more worried about money and power.

  • MrGarreth on May 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I don't care how anyone tries to justify it. The fact is SA lose one series in nearly 5 years and they lose the no 1 ranking. That is ridiculous. Just stupid. I agree that SA has been below their best recently, but it does not change the fact that the Aussies just a few months ago lost 4-0 to India and 3-0 to England. One does not simply get to number 1 from 2 good series results. It's this Ashes nonsense that is killing the rest of the cricketing nations (other than India). SA don't even get the chance to face any of these sides in 5 tests yet they must suffer the consequences of the Aussies facing England 5 times. They beat SA 2-1. Congratulations to them. But how does that eliminate all the hard work SA has done over the last 7 years (only 2 series lost, none away!)?? It's a travesty of justice. Just sickens me. It's the big 3 wanting a big 3 to rule. How else do you explain the Aussies at no.1 in both the Test and ODI rankings and India on top in the T20s? Losing faith in this game

  • on May 2, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Although the figures have been taken from the period which suits Australia and SA. But Pakistan nowhere far behind in these comparisons.

    e.g. Compare Pak and SA in "Test results for teams since May 2013" table.

    Pakistan 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 - - 5 2/ 2 South Africa 7 3/ 3 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 2 1/ 1

  • xtrafalgarx on May 2, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Numbers never lie. Australia was never a bad side in my view, just inconsistent. The numbers show that Australian batsmen have scored more hundreds than every other side since 2011 AND also have the best bowling average of all teams. THAT's why Australia is no.1

  • tinkertinker on May 2, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    as sawifan said it is a myth Australia do bad in all parts of asia, take their record in sri lanka they won 4 out of 5 series and have just he one test match loss in sri lanka no other team can match that record.

    They haven't lost in asia to Pakistan for 20 years, no other team can match that record either.

  • Rally_Windies on May 2, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    oh WOW... look at credit Clarke and the rest of the OZ team are taking ...

    lets shoot Mitchel Johnson in the leg and see who long Oz can stay at # 1 without him ! ! ! ...

    really...

    Clarke does deserve some praise too...

    he has been the best batsman ....

    but apart from those two, the rest of the Australian team have not been GOOD ..

    If We took MJ and Clarke and made them play for NZ... NZ could easily become # 1 if MJ and Clarke play for SL ... They could become #1 ....

    There has been no improvement in OZ cricket ! There are just 2 nice purple patches occurring at the same time !

  • Udendra on May 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    This clearly shows that countries playing more test matches are higher-up in rankings as well (except NZ). SL, WI and BAN should play more test matches. Otherwise this ranking table becomes a joke.

  • sawifan on May 2, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    That Australia has a poor recent test record 'in Asia' is a lie. They have a poor recent record 'IN INDIA' as most countries do. I believe you will find that Australia hasn't been beaten in Asia (outside of India that is) since the mid- to early 1990's. That to me suggests that their ability to tour Asian nations other than India is very good.

  • David_Boon on May 2, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Another falsity that you overlooked is penalizing Australia for losing games. Australia play aggressive cricket and would gladly give up a draw for a chance at a win, as seen by countless Clarke declarations and 4th innings suicide run chases. South Africa, on the other hand, play not to lose first, then look for the win once the game is settled and they cannot lose. Their 4th innings performances of late, blocking out for 2 days to save a draw, would never be attempted by Australia, regardless of the amount of runs required. Why should they be penalised for playing exciting cricket and trying to win? Also, regardless of what happened 2 years ago, Australia are CLEARLY the best team in the world right now, so why bother questioning it?

  • TATTUs on May 2, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    C'mon, thats the reason why SA was top for most of the year. Australia has just gained the top spot. Deservedly so. Lets see of they can maintain that. This table IMHO is a relatively good one. India didnt deserve to be in the top three after dismal overseas records. Probably India should be on top of Pakistan. Apart from that its a practical table.

  • Chris_P on May 2, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    This is a great wrap up on the how the ratings system works, if nothing else the rankings surely shows the trends more clearly than any other point. I truly believe most Aussies don't rate our team as the best simply due to the fact we haven't had an extended run at the top. That said, the signs are clearly there we are on the way up, same with NZ as clear as the Boks are stumbling (although should still be #1 given their recent history) as well as India given their poor away record has caught up with them.

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  • Chris_P on May 2, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    This is a great wrap up on the how the ratings system works, if nothing else the rankings surely shows the trends more clearly than any other point. I truly believe most Aussies don't rate our team as the best simply due to the fact we haven't had an extended run at the top. That said, the signs are clearly there we are on the way up, same with NZ as clear as the Boks are stumbling (although should still be #1 given their recent history) as well as India given their poor away record has caught up with them.

  • TATTUs on May 2, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    C'mon, thats the reason why SA was top for most of the year. Australia has just gained the top spot. Deservedly so. Lets see of they can maintain that. This table IMHO is a relatively good one. India didnt deserve to be in the top three after dismal overseas records. Probably India should be on top of Pakistan. Apart from that its a practical table.

  • David_Boon on May 2, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Another falsity that you overlooked is penalizing Australia for losing games. Australia play aggressive cricket and would gladly give up a draw for a chance at a win, as seen by countless Clarke declarations and 4th innings suicide run chases. South Africa, on the other hand, play not to lose first, then look for the win once the game is settled and they cannot lose. Their 4th innings performances of late, blocking out for 2 days to save a draw, would never be attempted by Australia, regardless of the amount of runs required. Why should they be penalised for playing exciting cricket and trying to win? Also, regardless of what happened 2 years ago, Australia are CLEARLY the best team in the world right now, so why bother questioning it?

  • sawifan on May 2, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    That Australia has a poor recent test record 'in Asia' is a lie. They have a poor recent record 'IN INDIA' as most countries do. I believe you will find that Australia hasn't been beaten in Asia (outside of India that is) since the mid- to early 1990's. That to me suggests that their ability to tour Asian nations other than India is very good.

  • Udendra on May 2, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    This clearly shows that countries playing more test matches are higher-up in rankings as well (except NZ). SL, WI and BAN should play more test matches. Otherwise this ranking table becomes a joke.

  • Rally_Windies on May 2, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    oh WOW... look at credit Clarke and the rest of the OZ team are taking ...

    lets shoot Mitchel Johnson in the leg and see who long Oz can stay at # 1 without him ! ! ! ...

    really...

    Clarke does deserve some praise too...

    he has been the best batsman ....

    but apart from those two, the rest of the Australian team have not been GOOD ..

    If We took MJ and Clarke and made them play for NZ... NZ could easily become # 1 if MJ and Clarke play for SL ... They could become #1 ....

    There has been no improvement in OZ cricket ! There are just 2 nice purple patches occurring at the same time !

  • tinkertinker on May 2, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    as sawifan said it is a myth Australia do bad in all parts of asia, take their record in sri lanka they won 4 out of 5 series and have just he one test match loss in sri lanka no other team can match that record.

    They haven't lost in asia to Pakistan for 20 years, no other team can match that record either.

  • xtrafalgarx on May 2, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Numbers never lie. Australia was never a bad side in my view, just inconsistent. The numbers show that Australian batsmen have scored more hundreds than every other side since 2011 AND also have the best bowling average of all teams. THAT's why Australia is no.1

  • on May 2, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    Although the figures have been taken from the period which suits Australia and SA. But Pakistan nowhere far behind in these comparisons.

    e.g. Compare Pak and SA in "Test results for teams since May 2013" table.

    Pakistan 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 - - 5 2/ 2 South Africa 7 3/ 3 7 3/ 3 5 2/ 2 2 1/ 1

  • MrGarreth on May 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    I don't care how anyone tries to justify it. The fact is SA lose one series in nearly 5 years and they lose the no 1 ranking. That is ridiculous. Just stupid. I agree that SA has been below their best recently, but it does not change the fact that the Aussies just a few months ago lost 4-0 to India and 3-0 to England. One does not simply get to number 1 from 2 good series results. It's this Ashes nonsense that is killing the rest of the cricketing nations (other than India). SA don't even get the chance to face any of these sides in 5 tests yet they must suffer the consequences of the Aussies facing England 5 times. They beat SA 2-1. Congratulations to them. But how does that eliminate all the hard work SA has done over the last 7 years (only 2 series lost, none away!)?? It's a travesty of justice. Just sickens me. It's the big 3 wanting a big 3 to rule. How else do you explain the Aussies at no.1 in both the Test and ODI rankings and India on top in the T20s? Losing faith in this game