Dubai, May 2: Australia have reclaimed the number one Test ranking and also retained their top ODI spot in the ICC Team Rankings at the 1 May annual update.
This is the first time since December 2008 that Australia have been ranked number-one in both Tests and ODIs at the same time. Australia last held the number-one Test ranking in August 2009, when it was displaced after losing 2-1 to England.
Australia have now edged ahead of South Africa, which had held the number-one position since August 2012.
In the latest table, Australia have gained eight ratings points to move up from 115 to 123, while South Africa has dropped from 127 to be level on 123, with Australia ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a point.
The results from 2010-11 have now been dropped from the rankings calculation, while the results from 2012-2013 are now reduced to a weighting of 50 per cent. In 2010-2011, Australia had lost to India (2-0) and England (3-1), while it suffered a 4-0 defeat in India in 2012-2013.
Australia captain Michael Clarke was delighted with the news that his side was now on top of both the Test and ODI tables. "We are incredibly proud to be the number-one ranked team in the world in both Test and ODI cricket, which are two of the team's most important goals," said Clarke.
Australia were the first team to be ranked number-one in Test cricket when the ICC introduced the current rankings system in 2003. Since the system was introduced, Australia has been ranked as the number-one Test side for 74 months, more than any other side. South Africa is a distant second, having spent 23 months on top.
South Africa had outstanding 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons when it won six of the seven Test series it played. It defeated Sri Lanka (2-1), New Zealand (1-0), England (2-0), Australia (1-0), New Zealand (2-0) and Pakistan (3-0). However, as these series are now only weighted at 50 per cent, it has dropped four ratings points to slip from 127 ratings points to 123.
The biggest change in the rankings table at the annual 1 May update is of India which has slipped from third to fifth after dropping 10 ratings points.
India's 2010-2011 victories against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies (away), as well as a drawn series against South Africa, no longer count to the rankings. Similarly, India's 2011-2012 victory against the West Indies, and 2012-2013 victories against New Zealand and Australia are now weighted at 50 per cent.
There has been little change to the ODIs rankings, despite the top three sides - Australia, India and Sri Lanka - all seeing their rating drop.
ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 1 May, after the annual update)
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1 (+1) Australia 123 (+8)
2 (-1) South Africa 123 (-4)
3 (+1) England 104 (-3)
4 (+1) Pakistan 103 (+3)
5 (-2) India 102 (-10)
6 (+1) New Zealand 92 (+5)
7 (-1) Sri Lanka 90 (+1)
8 (-) West Indies 76 (-11)
9 (-) Zimbabwe 40 (+6)
10 (-) Bangladesh 21 (+2)
ICC ODI Team Rankings (as of 1 May, after the annual update)
Rank (+/-) Team Rating (+/-)
1 (-) Australia 115 (-2)
2 (-) India 112 (-1)
3 (-) Sri Lanka 111 (-1)
4 (+1) England 110 (+2)
5 (-1) South Africa 109 (-1)
6 (-) Pakistan 100 (-1)
7 (-) New Zealand 98 (+4)
8 (-) West Indies 94 (+4)
9 (-) Bangladesh 73 (-6)
10 (-) Zimbabwe 61 (+6)
11 (-) Ireland 34 (-4)
12 (-) Afghanistan 34 (+4)
About the Annual Update
The annual update ensures that the Reliance ICC Team Rankings Table continues to reflect recent form, with older results being discarded.
The updated table now reflects all Test and ODI series completed after 1 August 2011. All series played until the start of May 2015 will be added to this table, so that by May 2015, the ratings will be based on just under four years of results, with series completed prior to 1 May 2013 weighted at 50 per cent and subsequent results valued at 100 per cent.