Test Championship points table though, India still remain firmly at the
top with 360 points, which is 64 points clear of the second-placed
In the T20I rankings, Australia have
278 rating points, followed by England with 268 and India with 266. Pakistan
moved down to fourth with 260 points, followed by South Africa who have 258
England, meanwhile, continue to hold
on to the top position in the ODI rankings for teams. They have 127 rating
points while India, at second, have 119. New Zealand are third with 116
points followed by South Africa with 108 and Australia with 107.
Having regained the Ashes in England,
Australia were unbeaten in the five Tests at home against Pakistan and New
Zealand during their summer. The T20I team was unbeaten in the six matches
played at home while handing a 2-1 defeat to South Africa in South Africa
earlier this year.
"We have got lots of work to do to
become the team we want to be, but over the last couple of years not only
have we performed well on the field but we have performed well off it," said
Australia head coach Justin Langer. "We have earned some respect back from
other teams around the world but also from Australia.
"When we started on this journey
there had been a lot of talk about Australia wanting to be No. 1 in the
world in all three forms of the game. We took a different approach. Not once
did we talk about being No. 1 ranked in the world, we wanted to be No. 1 in
our values and process. That is what I am most proud of," he added.
Langer, however, said that defeating
India in India in a Test series is when Australia can truly claim to have
won back the top spot. "I said in my first conference as coach we will know
we are a great team if we can beat India in India and that is certainly a
great goal for us. We know they are so tough to beat so only then will we
really know we can claim the number one spot. The last time we played India
here they beat us for the first time in Australia so we will be determined
to beat them when they come back."
Posted on May 2, 2020
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