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India retain top spot in ICC’s test rankings after annual update

New Delhi: India have retained the top rank in the MRF worldwide International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test team rankings. India are on 121 rating points while New Zealand placed second spot with 120 points.

“India’s 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England over the past year and New Zealand’s 2-0 series wins over the West Indies and Pakistan have helped them keep ahead of the pack,” said the ICC.

England overtook Australia to take third place with 109 rating points. Australia currently have 108. The West Indies climbed up two positions from eighth to sixth with 84 points, who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year. This ranking is the best position of Caribbeans since 2013.

Pakistan are at number five, having recently won a 2–0 Test series against Zimbabwe. There has been no change in their location. West Indies occupy the number six position. The team arrived here with a two-place improvement. At number seven is South Africa’s team which was earlier ranked sixth. Sri Lanka’s team has slipped from number seven to number eight. Bangladesh is at number 9, while Zimbabwe has the team at number 10.

The latest update rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent.

On the other hand, the Test Championship final is scheduled to be played in England next month between India and New Zealand. The ICC is scheduled to play the first-ever Test Championship final between the two countries in Southampton, England from 18 to 22 June.

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