India consolidate their No. 1 position in tests

INDIA: The top-ranked Test side has stretched their lead over second-placed South Africa by 13 points

India continues to sit on the top in the ICC Test rankings following the latest update on Tuesday 1 May, with South Africa at No.2 and Australia at No.3.

With the results from 2014-15 being removed from the equation and those from 2015-16 and 2016-17 being weighted at 50 per cent, India have actually stretched their lead over South Africa from four to 13 points.
For India, who played four Tests in the 2014-15 season – losing 2-0 in Australia – and had earlier lost the five-Test tour of England 3-1 in the summer of 2014, the move up was expected following an excellent run since, highlighted by the 10 wins in 13 Tests in the 2016-17 season.
England, who have gained a point, Sri Lanka, who have lost one, and Pakistan, down by two points, fill the positions between New Zealand and Bangladesh, with Zimbabwe propping up the table with two points – up by one – in the latest update.

By the time the next annual update comes in, Afghanistan and Ireland will have joined the existing 10 teams to make it a 12-team table.

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