England leapfrog Australia in the ICC Test rankings as Joe Root’s side move up to third

England leapfrog Australia in the ICC Test rankings as Joe Root’s side move up to third in the standings… ahead of summer series’ against top two New Zealand and India and Ashes down under in the winter

  • England are now third in the ICC’s official Test rankings, on a total of 109 points 
  • Tim Paine’s Australian team are one point and one place behind in fourth 
  • Joe Root takes his team down under this winter for the first Ashes since 2019 
  • India and New Zealand remain first and second respectively ahead of their meeting in the World Test Championship final 


England have overtaken Ashes rivals Australia in the ICC’s official Test rankings following the latest annual update.

Joe Root’s team – who close this year by travelling down under in a bid to wrest back the urn – are third in the standings on 109 points, one ahead of Tim Paine’s Australians in fourth.

Test cricket’s fiercest rivals have moved in opposite directions in the table due to the 4-0 away thrashing inflicted on England by Australia in the 2017-18 Ashes no longer contributing to the rankings.

England have overtaken Ashes rivals Australia in the ICC’s official Test rankings

Australia are down to fourth (pictured, captain Tim Paine) as the Ashes looms in the winter

Australia are down to fourth (pictured, captain Tim Paine) as the Ashes looms in the winter 

Ratings points are re-calculated every year and in the newest matches played since May 2020 carry a 100 per cent weighting, those of the previous two 12-month cycles of 2018-19 and 2019-20 merit 50 per cent while results from 2017-18 have been dispensed with.

India and New Zealand remain first and second respectively ahead of their meeting in the World Test Championship final in Southampton next month.

England face New Zealand in two Test matches – at Lord’s and Edgbaston – in June before hosting India in a five-match Test series later in the summer. 

The last Ashes series took place in 2019, with a 2-2 series draw resulting in Australia retaining the urn.  

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