England have climbed to third in the ICC Test rankings, moving back above the Aussies following the annual update today.
The ICC’s annual update means that from today, matches from 2017/18 no longer contribute to the rankings, while matches since May 2020 are worth 100% and results over the two previous years are worth 50%.
India remain top, with their World Test Championship final opponents New Zealand now one point behind them in second, and Joe Root’s side have moved from fourth to third.
With England’s defeat in the 2017/18 Ashes series among the results that no longer count, our lads have leapfrogged the Aussies in the rankings who drop to fourth.
Pakistan remain fifth but the West Indies have moved into eighth, their highest ranking since 2013, while South Africa drop to seventh – equalling their lowest ranking in Test history.
The full rankings are as follows:
1 – India 121
2 – New Zealand 120
3 – England 109
4 – Australia 108
5 – Pakistan 94
6 – West Indies 84
7 – South Africa 80
8 – Sri Lanka 78
9 – Bangladesh 46
10 – Zimbabwe 35
Root’s side will get their next chance to climb further up the rankings when they take on number two ranked New Zealand at the start of June, while they will also host current top side India later this summer.
It’s all shaping up to be a fantastic few months!