Michael Clarke-led Australian side have played very well in recent times © Getty Images
Sydney: May 1, 2014
Australia have reclaimed the No 1 Test ranking for the first time in five years following their Ashes whitewash of England and a series defeat of South Africa.
Australia also remain the top-rated One-Day International (ODI) side in the latest official rankings from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
It is the first time since December 2008 that Australia have been ranked number one in Tests and ODIs at the same time. They last held the top Test ranking in August 2009, when they were displaced after losing the Ashes 2-1 to England.
Darren Lehmann‘s Australians nudged out South Africa, who had held the top Test spot since August 2012.
Australia gained eight ratings points to move up from 115 to 123 points to be equal with South Africa, who dropped from 127, but Australia moved ahead by a fraction of a point.
England are currently third, ahead of Pakistan and India. Australia captain Michael Clarke said he was delighted with the turnaround in his team’s fortunes.
“We are incredibly proud to be the number-one ranked team in the world in both Test and ODI cricket, which are two of the team’s most important goals,” Clarke said.
“There has been an enormous amount of hard work and effort on and off the field that has led to this result.
“However, the true test of a great side is sustained success and now our goal is to maintain these rankings and continue to play great cricket as we lead into challenging Test series against Pakistan and India, and the ICC Cricket World Cup at home.”
Lehmann has turned around the fortunes of the Australian Test and ODI sides following a tumultuous period in which coach Mickey Arthur was sacked.
After losing the 2013 Ashes series 3-0 in England, Australia swept their return home series against England 5-0 during the last southern summer.
They then scored an impressive 2-1 away series win over South Africa.