Australia wins $1 mln for top in Test, ODIs, India leads in T20

KARACHI: Australia has regained the prestigious ICC Test Mace and has also won a cash award of $1 million after winning the Christchurch Test by seven wickets, which has given it a 2-0 series win against New Zealand.

The result means Australia has finished two points ahead of India on 112 points in the final series before the 1 April cut-off date. Steve Smith will receive the Mace and the cash award on behalf of his team in a ceremony to be held at a later date, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.

This is the eighth time Australia has finished as the number-one ranked Test side at the annual cut-off date since the inception of the current rankings system in 2003. It had earlier topped the table each year from 2003 to 2009, before India claimed number-one spots in 2010 and 2011.

England ended as the number-one ranked side in 2012 before South Africa completed a hat-trick by retaining the top spot from 2013 to 2015.

India, by virtue of finishing second, will collect $500K, while South Africa will pocket $200K and Pakistan $100K after claiming third and fourth positions, respectively.

It is a double delight for Smith’s men who had earlier topped the ICC ODI Team Rankings at the annual cut-off date. It had finished comfortably ahead of second-placed New Zealand, followed by India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.

In the ICC T20I Team Rankings, India leads the field with South Africa occupying second position following its 2-0 win over England. The two are followed by the West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, England and Australia.

A shuffling of the pack is on the cards as a lot of cricket in the shortest format of the game is still to be played before the April 01 cut-off date. While the main round of the Asia Cup T20 started today till March 6 Dhaka, the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 will be staged from March 8 to April 3.

ICC Test Rankings:


1         Australia 112

2         India 110

3         South Africa 109

4         Pakistan 106

5         England 102

6         New Zealand 96

7         Sri Lanka 89

8         West Indies 76

9         Bangladesh 47

10       Zimbabwe 05

ICC ODI Rankings:


1         Australia 126

2         New Zealand 114

3         India 113

4         South Africa 112

5         Sri Lanka 104

6         England 101

7         Bangladesh 97

8         Pakistan 87

9         West Indies 86

10       Afghanistan 47

11       Ireland 46

12       Zimbabwe 45

ICC T20I Rankings:


1         India 122

2         South Africa 119

3         West Indies 118

4         New Zealand 116

5         Sri Lanka 116

6         Pakistan 113

7         England 112

8         Australia 110

9         Afghanistan 77

10       Scotland 69