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India pips Australia to become No. 1 Test team

Prior to the yearly ranking update, Australia was ranked first with 122 points, and India was second with 119 points.

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India has overtaken Australia to reclaim the No. 1 position in the ICC Men's Test cricket Team Rankings according to the annual update that excludes results from the 2019–20 season and takes into account all series played since May 2020.

India's points have moved up from 119 to 121 as a result of the elimination of their 2-0 loss to New Zealand in March 2020 from the rankings, which rate series played before May 2022 at 50% and subsequent series at 100%. In December 2021, India last held the top spot for a whole month.

Australia's rating dropped from 122 to 116 rating points as a result of the elimination of their home series victories over Pakistan (2-0) and New Zealand (3-0) in 2019–20, and a halving  of the weighting of their 4-0 victory over England in 2021–22. With a 4-0 series victory over England, they had surpassed New Zealand to take over the top spot.

Due to some steady play in recent months and a lessened weighting of their 4-0 Ashes loss and 1-0 loss in the West Indies, England is still in third place, but the gap between them and the second-placed team has shrunk from 13 to two rating points.

The other ranks are also identical, except Zimbabwe, which is now in 10th place, has improved five rating points. Ireland and Afghanistan have not yet participated in sufficient Test matches to be included in the rankings.

India has solidified their leadership in the Men's T20I Team Rankings, expanding their advantage over England in second place from six to eight points. To move up to third place, New Zealand passed South Africa and Pakistan.