West Indies slump, New Zealand rise in rankings
There has been more backward movement for the West Indies cricket team in the latest rankings released by the ICC.
Despite reaching the semi-final stage in their defence of their World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh last month, the West Indies have dropped two placings in the T20 rankings to seventh, with Australia (fifth) and New Zealand (sixth) slipping ahead of them.
Beaten finalists India have taken over from Sri Lanka as the top side in the game’s shortest format despite the Sri Lankans having beaten them in the final of the World T20.
That loss was the only setback for the Indians in T20s in the past 12 months.
According to an ICC release yesterday, results from the 2010-11 period have now been dropped from the rankings calculation, while the results from 2012-2013 are now reduced to a weighting of 50 per cent.
Prior to the Bangladesh tournament, Darren Sammy’s team had won three and lost four of their seven T20 internationals, stretching back to their two-match series in New Zealand at the start of the year.
In the rankings released by the world governing body yesterday, Dwayne Bravo’s team are seventh in One-day Internationals, behind New Zealand.
In the Test rankings, Sammy’s men are eighth out of the ten teams, while New Zealand--who beat them 2-0 in New Zealand at the end of 2013 and who will play another three-match series in the Caribbean next month--have moved up one place from seventh to six, switching places with Sri Lanka. The New Zealanders are now 16 ratings points ahead of the Caribbean side.
At the top of the table, emphatic Ashes winners Australia have replaced South Africa. The Aussies have also retained their top ODI spot in ODIs.
This is the first time since December 2008 that Australia have been ranked number one in both Tests and ODIs at the same time.
Australia last held the number-one Test ranking in August 2009, when they were displaced after losing 2-1 to England.
In the latest table, Michael Clarke’s Australia have gained eight ratings points to move up from 115 to 123, while South Africa have dropped from 127 to be level on 123, with Australia ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a point.
“We are incredibly proud to be the number one ranked team in the world in both Test and ODI cricket, which are two of the team’s most important goals,” said Clarke yesterday.
“There has been an enormous amount of hard work and effort on and off the field that has led to this result. However, the true Test of a great side is sustained success and now our goal is to maintain these rankings and continue to play great cricket as we lead into challenging Test series against Pakistan and India, and the ICC Cricket World Cup at home,” he added.
Looking back at the past season, which has turned out to be the cornerstone of Australia’s rise to the number-one ranking in Tests, Clarke said: “We had a fantastic home summer against England and a great series win away against South Africa earlier this year, but the challenge now is to continue that form.
“We have a huge amount of respect for the South Africa side, and the length it held the number-one Test ranking is testament to the great side it is. South Africa will no doubt continue to be a formidable opponent in Test match cricket,” added Clarke.
The biggest change in the Test table was India who have slipped from third to fifth after dropping 10 ratings points.
ICC Test Rankings
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1 (+1) Australia 123 (+8)
2 (-1) South Africa 123 (-4)
3 (+1) England 104 (-3)
4 (+1) Pakistan 103 (+3)
5 (-2) India 102 (-10)
6 (+1) New Zealand 92 (+5)
7 (-1) Sri Lanka 90 (+1)
8 (-) West Indies 76 (-11)
9 (-) Zimbabwe 40 (+6)
10 (-) Bangladesh 21 (+2)
ICC T20I Rankings
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1 (+1) India 131 (+1)
2 (-1) Sri Lanka 130 (-3)
3 (-) Pakistan 123 (+3)
4 (-) South Africa 121 (+3)
5 (+1) Australia 112 (+2)
6 (+1) New Zealand 110 (+3)
7 (-2) West Indies 110 (-4)
8 (-) England 97 (-4)
9 (-) Ireland 87 (+2)
10 (-) Bangladesh 72 (+1)
11 (+1) Netherlands 68 (+6)
12 (-1) Afghanistan 62 (-4)
13 (-) Zimbabwe 52 (+2)
14 (-) Scotland 51 (+1)