Australia rise to No.1 in the latest ICC T20I Rankings
With the five-match unbeaten run in the Trans-Tasman tri-nation series, Australia topped the chats of the ICC’s Twenty20 International Rankings.
David Warner-led Australia replaced Pakistan to claim the top spot. Despite their points being the same, Australia tipped Sarfraz Ahmed-led side by decimal points. The latest ICC rankings have been announced by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday.
Australia’s rise to the top has been helped by their opponents New Zealand who have continued going downward slide.
Just a few months ago, the Kiwis were the number one side in the shortest format of cricket.
The Black Caps were placed second before the start of the series which included England. They started the T20I with 123 points and ended up losing seven crucial points.
Meanwhile, England has lost five points to go down from fourth to the sixth spot and ended up with 114 points.
Sri Lanka bagged three points thanks to their 2-0 clean sweep against Bangladesh. India might well go on to take the second position if they manage to win the remaining two T20Is against South Africa.
Australia’s rise in the rankings comes at the expense of their lackluster opponents, New Zealand, who continue their wretched form which started against Pakistan of late.
ICC T20I rankings for teams:
1. Pakistan (126 points),
2. Australia (126),
3. India (122),
4. New Zealand (116),
5. Windies (115),
6. England (114),
7. South Africa (110),
8. Sri Lanka (91),
9. Afghanistan (88),
10. Bangladesh (72),
11. Scotland (67),
12. Zimbabwe (61),
13. UAE (52).
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