ICC Test Ranking: New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the second Test by an innings and 176 runs and won the two-Test series 2–0. With this victory over Pakistan, New Zealand has become the number one team in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. Team India is currently at number three in the Test rankings. But the Indian team has a chance to beat New Zealand and become number one in the Test rankings. Team India, however, will have to face a very difficult challenge for this.
By the time the second Test against Pakistan started, New Zealand was at second place with 116 points. The Australian team remained at number one position with 116 points. The victory in the second Test gave New Zealand two points and has become the number one team with 118 points.
The Australian team has now reached second place with 116 points. If Australia manages to defeat India in the Sydney Test starting on 7 January, then it will again become number one in the Test rankings.
Team India will face a tough challenge to become number one. The Indian cricket team is number three with 114 points. If India manages to beat Australia in Sydney and Brisbane to make the series 3–1, it will beat New Zealand to become number one in the ICC Test rankings.
No one else is in competition
In the race to become number one, there is a competition between New Zealand, Australia and India. England team is at fourth position with 106 points. To join the race to become number one, England will not only have to beat Sri Lanka 2–0, but they will also have to beat India in a four-Test series.