Australia has completed a stunning turnaround in the Test arena to overtake India and become the world’s No.1 ranked Test nation once again.
It is the first time in more than four years Australia has been on top of the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, which were updated on Friday.
India was the No.1 team since October 2016.
Australia also claimed the No.1 spot in the T20 world rankings for the first time ever, overtaking Pakistan who sat in top spot for 27 months.
Over the past year, Australia retained the Ashes urn in England before going unbeaten in all formats over the home summer.
Justin Langer’s side was undefeated in six T20 matches at home and beat South Africa 2-1 in South Africa. The Test side won two matches against Pakistan and three against New Zealand.
“We have got lots of work to do to become the team we want to be, but over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field but we have performed well off it,” Langer said in a statement.
“We have earned some respect back from other teams around the world but also from Australia.”
Despite taking top spot in the Test rankings off India — who is scheduled to tour Australia this summer — Langer says the Asian heavyweights are still the benchmark.
“I said in my first conference as coach we will know we are a great team if we can beat India in India and that is certainly a great goal for us,” he said.
“We know they are so tough to beat so only then will we really know we can claim the number one spot.
“The last time we played India here they beat us for the first time in Australia so we will be determined to beat them when they come back.”
India has only played four Tests since November, winning two against Bangladesh and losing two to New Zealand who is now world No.2.
Meanwhile, Australia’s T20 ascension comes after four consecutive series wins in the shortest format, ensuring the T20 World Cup hosts will likely be favourites should that tournament start in Australia on October 18 as planned.