ICC test ranking
The ICC Test Championship is an international competition started by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the sport of cricket. The first tournament was cancelled due to some reasons and the next is scheduled in 2017.
Criteria on which then ICC test rankings are made
The two teams playing the tournament are given points. these points are given on the basis of some mathematical formula. The given or the awarded points are then divided by the total number of matches played by those two teams and after this process, a ‘rating’ is given to the team. In the case of a draw, the team which is at a lower position will be benefitted at the expense of the team which is at the higher position by the rating.
A trophy called the ICC Test Championship mace is given by the ICC to the top most team in the ranking. When a new team comes at the top that mace is transferred to that team. There is a cash prize of $1 million for the team which is at the top of the rating table on 1st April, every year.
Rankings of the team
For the first time, our neighbouring country, Pakistan has topped the position with 111 points. The team has not lost a single test series for the last two years, either be at HOME or AWAY. For Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq’s side has become only the fifth team after Australia, India, England and South Africa to top the ICC Test Rankings.
Here comes the MEN IN BLUE with 110 points, not so far behind. India is ranked 2nd after Pakistan misplaced them recently from the top. India has got a chance to come to the top when LIONS OF KOHLI will play Test Series with New Zealand.
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Now comes the team which has dominated the game of cricket for the last 3 decades. They are the most successful team as they have occupied the top position for 83 months after the ranking system was introduced in 2003.
Now comes the nation which has given birth to the game of cricket. Lead by Alaister Cook, the team occupied the number 3 spot and has been consistent at their home. This team too has also been on the number 1 spot for 24 months.
5. New Zealand
Here comes the BLACKCAPS, the runners-up of 2015 ODI World Cup. The team occupied the 5th rank in the table. However, the team shows more interest in ODIs and T20 but they now they are good in test matches as well.
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6. SRI LANKA
Again our neighbouring country. Sri Lanka ranked 6th in the Table. The team white-washed the Australians and this team is becoming stronger even after the retirement of players like Jayawardene and Sangakkara.
7. SOUTH AFRICA
Now, comes the most consistent team. The team is at the 7th position just because they are not playing test series in this season. Soon, you will see this team in the top three positions and everyone of is missing ‘Mr. 360’.
8. WEST INDIES
Now its time for the second favourite team of every cricket fans, West Indies, The two times winner of the T20 World Cup, holds the 8th position in this table.
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