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ICC Ranking for Test teams: India drop to No 3, Australia gain No 1 spot after Ashes victory

Australia is No 1 Test team now

Dubai, January 20: After winning the Ashes 4-0, Australia has now become the number one ranked Test team in the world.

Meanwhile, after suffering a 1-2 series loss against South Africa, India has dropped to the third spot while New Zealand has held onto its second position.

New Zealand had played out a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh.

Australia has 119 points at the top and the Pat Cummins-led side is three points ahead of third-placed India.

After the series win against India, South Africa has jumped to the fifth spot in the ICC Test Rankings.

England is in the fourth position with 101 points. Pakistan has gone down one spot to sixth place, whereas Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland have retained their positions. Australia are now due to tour Pakistan in March, and Sri Lanka is scheudled to tour India in February.

Pak ready to welcome Australia

Pakistan batter Mohammad Rizwan feels Australia and Pakistan are two teams that make the perfect recipe for a thrilling and exciting series.

Australia are scheduled to play three Tests, three ODIs, and a T20I against Pakistan in March and April.

All three tests are part of the ICC World Test Championship, while the three ODIs are part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League.

This will be Australia's first visit to Pakistan in 24 years. Rizwan, who made world record for most T20I runs last year, has expressed excitement for the Australia series.

"Australia has recently won the Ashes and they are a strong side, but we have also had a tremendous year and have shined brightly across all formats. These two teams make the perfect recipe for a thrilling and exciting series," Rizwan told (Pakistan Cricket Board) PCB digital.

Rizwan has said that his energy is already bouncing off the walls to face a competitive side like Australia at home.

"I can feel ripples of excitement for Australia's tour of Pakistan," said Rizwan.

"I have read some very positive remarks from the stakeholders in Australia about the tour to Pakistan. The entire nation of Pakistan is ready to welcome Australia for the historic tour after 24 years," he added.

Mohammad Rizwan is convinced that a strong bond between cricketers of both nations will further magnify the excitement of this notable tour.

"Both nations share a strong connection. Australian cricketers like Usman Khawaja participate in the PSL, and our players (Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain) recently featured in the KFC Big Bash League 2021-22. This further strengthens the bond between two countries," said Rizwan.

"Matthew Hayden, who was the batting consultant of Pakistan cricket team for ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021, passionately shared his views about Pakistan.

Similarly, the love and admiration in Justin Langer, head coach of Australia, eyes was prominent for Pakistan when I met him at the semi-final of the global event in Dubai," he signed off.

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Story first published: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:14 [IST]
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