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Australia replace India at the top of the Test rankings as England remain ODI leaders

Australia also top of T20 rankings for the first time since its introduction in 2011

Australian captain Tim Paine lifts the Ashes urn at the presentation ceremony after the match during day four of the England v Australia 5th Ashes test match at The Oval on September 15th 2019 in London (Photo by Tom Jenkins)
Image: After retaining the Ashes in England last year, Australia are top of the Test rankings

Australia have replaced India to go top of the International Cricket Council's Test rankings for the first time in four years, as England remain fourth.

The annual update of the table, which removes points accrued in 2016-17 and gives greater weighting to more recent results, ends India's reign as the No 1 Test side - a title which they had held since October 2016.

Australia's elevation over India, who slip to third behind New Zealand, comes despite their last away series win coming over New Zealand in February 2016.

Virat Kohli, India captain, Test vs New Zealand at Christchurch
Image: Virat Kohli's India had been the world's No 1 Test side since October 2016

"We recognise how fluid these rankings are, but at this time it was certainly nice to put a smile on our faces," Australia head coach Justin Langer told

"We've got lots of work to do to get to be the team that we want to be, but hopefully over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field, but also off the field.

"You can only judge yourself as being the best if you beat the best and we've got some really tough opposition to come. Certainly a goal for us has been the World Test Championship ... but ultimately, we have to beat India in India and we've got to beat them when they come back [to Australia]."

Eoin Morgan celebrates England's World Cup win
Image: Reigning world champions England remain top of the ODI rankings

Australia also top the Twenty20 table for the first time ahead of hosting the format's World Cup, still scheduled for October but under threat from coronavirus.

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England's victory in last year's 50-over World Cup ensures they remain at the summit in one-day cricket, having increased their lead over India from six to eight points.

Eoin Morgan's side have also climbed to second in the T20 rankings, 10 points behind leaders Australia.

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