International Cricket Council (ICC) released its Test team rankings on Thursday which revealed that Australia has climbed to the top spot on the back of their 4-0 Ashes series victory against England while India slipped down to the third position after suffering a 2-1 away series defeat in South Africa.
This relentless display has seen Australia jump up two places to No 1 in the rankings, overtaking both New Zealand and India with 119 rating points.
India previously ranked No 1 in the Test team rankings, slipped down to the third spot after their series loss against Proteas, and has 116 points at present. After a brilliant victory in the first Test in Centurion, they were dealt back-to-back defeats in Johannesburg and Cape Town as their quest for a first Test series victory in South Africa continued.
South Africa after their series win has climbed up one spot to No 5 in the rankings chart with 101 rating points.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, the inaugural World Test Championship winners, have retained their second position in the rankings with 117 rating points after their drawn home series against Bangladesh. After losing the first Test at the Bay Oval, the Kiwis bounced back with a comprehensive performance at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Pakistan slipped down one spot to No 6 with 93 rating points. Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and Ireland have managed to retain their respective positions in the ranking charts
(With IANS inputs)