Australia dethrone India and become the number 1 Test team

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After the tragic month of April, which saw the country completely locked down by the terror of the Coronavirus. The country also lost two of its leading cinematic artists recently. Everyone was waiting for May to get some good news. However, bad news keeps coming as India lost their number 1 position in tests for the first time since 3 years.

For those who might be scratching their heads as to how that is possible, here’s how the Test ranking is calculated;

Each team scores points based on the results of their matches over the last 3−4 years. A series must include at least two Tests.

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Source: Cricket Australia

The rankings table gives the total points from all series played in the past 12–24 months. Each May, the matches and points earned between 3 and 4 years ago are removed, and the matches and points earned between 1 and 2 years ago switch from 100% weighting to 50% weighting.

For example, at May 2020, the matches played between May 2016 and May 2017 were removed, and the matches played between May 2018 and May 2019 switched to 50% weighting. This happens overnight, so can result in teams changing positions in the ranking table despite no one playing.

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