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After a consecutive 5 years at the top of the rankings in test cricket and winning a whopping 4 test clubs under the leadership of the former Indian captain Virat Kohli, India is no longer at the top of the annual test rankings as it is Australia is that it is no. 1 test team in the world in the annual test ranking released today by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Although the concept of a test knot is not there now. It has been replaced by the World Test Championship (WTC) and the club is now given to the team that wins the WTC final, as it was given to New Zealand when they defeated India in the WTC final at Lord’s last year, but ICC’s annual test rankings still show which team has played the best cricket in the longest form of the game in that calendar year.
As for India and Australia’s recent test performance, India lost an away game against South Africa 1-2. It was an away game, but India was expected to win it, as South Africa had a young team in the transition phase, while India had a well-organized team, even though some of their key players were injured.
Australia recently beat England at home and Pakistan away
Australia, on the other hand, not only won the Ashes against England in a very dominant fashion at home, they then went on to Pakistan which was a very tough tour for them as the conditions were different from what they usually find at home, but the Kangaroos also won that series.
So it was really no surprise to anyone that when ICC published the annual test rankings this time around, Australia was on top, while India fell to the bottom. However, the winner of the test club is again determined by the final of the WTC, as happened last year.