Oz edges out Proteas from top of ICC Test rankings

Sydney, May 1: Australia has edged out South Africa from the top of the ICC Test rankings despite languishing among the also-rans just a mere 12 months ago.

And in a further boost, Australia also remains on top of the one-day international (ODI) rankings, the first time the nation has held top spot in both Tests and ODIs at the same since 2008.

According to News.com.au, overwhelmed at Australia’s return to the top of Test rankings for the first time in almost five years, captain Michael Clarke said that they are ‘incredibly proud’ to have achieved the team’s two most important goals- being the top-ranking Test and ODI sides in the world.

Clarke backed the ‘enormous amount’ of hard work and effort on and off the field for their re-entry to the top of the world Test rankings since August 2009, when it was displaced after losing 2-1 to England, while head coach Darren Lehmann congratulated his team and urged to maintain their form to stretch the gap between the 1 and 2 rankings.

The report mentioned that Australia was the first team to be ranked number-one in Test cricket when the ICC introduced the current rankings system in 2003 and it has been ranked as the number-one Test side for 74 months, more than any other side.

In the latest Test table, Australia gained eight ratings points to move up from 115 to 123, the report added. (ANI)