To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the new official ICC Women’s Team Rankings announced today are headed by Australia – current leaders of the Women’s International Championship and holders of the World Cup, the T20 World Cup and the Women’s Ashes.
Interestingly however, beyond the top spot the rankings differ significantly from the Women’s International Championship table. For example, South Africa are 2nd in the Championship, but 6th in the rankings; whilst England are ranked 2nd, but sit 4th in the Championship.
Of course, the rankings are cross-format; but the time-period is similar – taking into account the past 2 years of matches – so it is a little incongruous perhaps?
ICC Rankings (+ Championship Position)
- Australia (1)
- England (4)
- New Zealand (6)
- India (8)
- West Indies (3)
- South Africa (2)
- Pakistan (5)
- Sri Lanka (7)
- Bangladesh (N/A)
- Ireland (N/A)
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