Power Ranking the Test Cricket Nations

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Power Ranking the Test Cricket Nations
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All smiles: South Africa captain Graeme Smith celebrates his side being ranked the No 1 Test nation in the world by the ICC, but will the Proteas hold on to top spot under our new alternative ratings system though?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently published their latest rankings for the Test-playing nations, however, unsurprisingly they bore little actual resemblance to the current landscape in the international arena.

And that is because the system which the world governing body uses at present is flawed, taking into account as it does performances built up over a number of years, instead of focussing as it should do on the more relevant displays from the most recent past.

As a result, we have decided to produce an alternative rankings table based on how a side is performing right now, not 12 months ago for instance, with the main criteria being: if two nations were to meet both home and away today, just who would come out on top?

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