Dubai, May 3: Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings following the annual update with the results from 2012-13 no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series weighted at 50 per cent.
India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Pakistan have benefitted from the annual update as defeat against South Africa by 3-0 in 2012-13 no longer counts, while the 2-0 loss to Sri Lanka in 2014-15 has its weighting reduced to 50 per cent.
The annual Test update has resulted in South Africa dropping from third position to sixth after conceding 17 points. This is due to South Africa's victories over England, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in 2012-13 all being dropped from the rankings calculations.
The annual update has also affected the West Indies, which has retained its eight position but has dropped from 76 points to 65 points. This is because its victories over New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2012-13 have all been dropped from calculations.
The gap between the West Indies and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points.
With Sri Lanka and Pakistan visiting England this summer for three and four Tests respectively, Australia traveling to Sri Lanka in July for three Tests and South Africa hosting New Zealand in August for two Tests, the series outcomes may well result in significant movements on the ICC Test Team Rankings.
Some of the key series results from 2012-13, which are no longer in calculation include: West Indies v New Zealand (WI won 2-0); England v South Africa (SA won 2-0); Sri Lanka v New Zealand (1-all draw); Australia v South Africa (SA won 1-0); India v England (Eng won 2-1); South Africa v Pakistan (SA won 3-0); India v Australia (Ind won 4-0); New Zealand v England (0-0 draw).
Some of the key series results from 2014-15, which are now reduced from 100 per cent to 50 per cent, include: England v Sri Lanka (SL won 1-0); West Indies v New Zealand (NZ won 2-1); England v India (Eng won 3-1); Sri Lanka v Pakistan (SL won 2-0); West Indies v Bangladesh (WI won 2-0); South Africa v West Indies (SA won 2-0); Australia v India (Aus won 2-0); West Indies v England (1-all draw).
ICC Test Team Rankings (following annual update, as on May 3, 2016)
(Read as Rank, Team, Points)
1 (-) Australia 118 (+6)
2 (-) India 112 (+2)
3 (+1) Pakistan 111 (+5)
4 (+1) England 105(+3)
5 (+1) New Zealand 98(+2)
6 (-3) South Africa 92(-17)
7 (-) Sri Lanka 88(-1)
8 (-) West Indies 65(-11)
9 (-) Bangladesh 57(+10)
*Figures in brackets denote changes in rankings and points post annual update
Schedule of forthcoming Test series
England Vs Sri Lanka
19-23 May - 1st Test, Headingley, Leeds
27-31 May - 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street
9-13 June - 3rd Test, Lord's
England Vs Pakistan
14-18 July - 1st Test, Lord's
22-26 July - 2nd Test, Old Trafford
3-7 August - 3rd Test, Edgbaston
11-15 August - 4th Test, The Oval
Sri Lanka Vs Australia
26-30 July - 1st Test, Pallekele
4-8 August - 2nd Test, Galle
13-17 August - 3rd Test, Colombo
South Africa Vs New Zealand
19-23 August - 1st Test, Durban
27-31 August - 2nd Test, Centurion