India continued to sit atop the tree in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team
Rankings following the latest update on Tuesday, with South Africa at No 2 and Australia
at No 3.
Not only that, with the results from 2014-15 being removed from the equation and those
from 2015-16 and 2016-17 being weighted at 50 per cent, India have actually stretched their
lead over South Africa from four to 13 points.
For India, who played four Tests in the 2014-15 season – losing 2-0 in Australia – and had
earlier lost the five-Test tour of England 3-1 in the summer of 2014, the move up was expected following an excellent run since, highlighted by the 10 wins in 13 Tests in the 2016-17 season,
an ICC report on Tuesday said.
India have stretched their lead over South Africa from four to 13 points after gaining four
points to reach an aggregate of 125 while South Africa have lost five points and slipped to
112. South Africa, are however, still comfortably ahead of the remaining sides.
Australia are placed third with 106 points after gaining four points following the update,
taking back the position from New Zealand, who had overtaken them at the last cut-off date
of April 3.
That change in placings saw New Zealand assure themselves of $200,000 for finishing
third. India and South Africa had won $ 1 million and $ 500,000, respectively for finishing
first and second at the cut-off date. After the update, New Zealand remain on 102 points
while England have inched closer, reaching 98 after gaining one point.
England, who have gained a point, Sri Lanka, who have lost one, and Pakistan, down
by two points, fill the positions between New Zealand and Bangladesh, with Zimbabwe
propping up the table with two points – up by one – in the latest update.
In another interesting movement, Bangladesh have moved ahead of the Windies, who
are in ninth position for the first time ever. The Windies have lost five points and are now
on 67 points while Bangladesh have gained four points to reach 75, eight points clear
of the Windies.
As for Bangladesh and the Windies, the records since the start of 2015 haven’t been
too different, with Bangladesh winning three of their 18 Tests and losing 10, while the
Windies have won five and lost 18 of their 28 Tests.
Sri Lanka remain in sixth position after losing one point while Zimbabwe have gained
one point to reach two. The table will see new additions in the form of Afghanistan and
Ireland after they have played their first Tests following their Full Membership status.
Ireland are due to play their first Test against Pakistan in Malahide, Dublin, from
May 11 to 15 while Afghanistan’s first Test will be against India in Bengaluru from