Prior to their upcoming World Test Championship 2023 final, the Indian Test team overtook the Australian Test team to take the top spot among Test nations.
Prior to the ICC World Test Championship Final next month, India overtook Australia at the top of the Men's Test Rankings, ending Australia's 15-month dominance. The rivalry between India and Australia in Test cricket has swiftly grown to be one of the most thrilling in recent memory, and the latest rankings switch perfectly positions the World Test Championship Final, with the two teams ready to pen yet another chapter at Ultimate Test on June 7 at The Oval.
Prior to the yearly ranking update, Australia was ranked first with 122 points, while India was second with 119 points.
The yearly rankings take into account all series finished since May 2020, with series finished before May 2022 weighted at 50% and all series finished after that weighted at 100%.
Australia's home series victories over Pakistan (2-0) and New Zealand (3-0) in 2019–20 were therefore disregarded, while their 4-0 victory over England in 202–22 has a weighting that has been cut in half. Australia's ratings as a result fell from 121 to 116.
India moved up two places from 119 to 121 as a result of the elimination of their 2-0 loss against New Zealand in the 2019–20 season from the rankings.
Australia defeated England 4-0 in the home Ashes in January 2022, propelling them to the top of the Test rankings during Pat Cummins' maiden series as captain. India was first in the standings a month ago, but they lost that position to South Africa after a 2-0 defeat.
Ben Stokes, England's captain, has overseen a change in form that has reduced the country's deficit to second place from 13 points to just two. Additionally, the significance of their 4-0 Ashes loss and 1-0 series loss at the hands of the West Indies has been diminished.
The remaining ranks are unaltered.