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July 7, 2009

Australia's Test record is exceptional

M J Manohar Rao, Srinivas Bhogle

Australia appear to be on the back foot as they start their Ashes campaign, but their Test record remains truly outstanding. Only South Africa have defeated them at 'home', and their only 'away' series losses have been to England and India. So Australia will have to play really badly -- and Kevin Pietersen will have to play really well -- if there is to be an upset.

England started the season with a 2-0 series sweep against West Indies; but one doesn't expect Ricky Ponting to give up as easily as Chris Gayle.

Australia (78.08) remain on top of the Rediff Test Rankings while England (49.71) are fourth. The latest rankings appear in Table A.

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    TABLE A: Final Rankings (as on July 7, 2009)
    Country Performance index (RBI) Diff: 7.4.09 -> 7.7.09 Rank
    Australia 78.08 +0.01 1
    India 63.76 +0.00 2
    South Africa 63.14 -0.01 3
    England 49.71 +0.16 4
    Sri Lanka 42.36 +0.01 5
    Pakistan 40.67 +0.03 6
    New Zealand 34.05 +0.01 7
    West Indies 28.51 -0.25 8
    Zimbabwe 11.69 +0.02 9
    Bangladesh 5.57 +0.00 10

    The current Reliance Mobile ICC Test rankings (as on July 7, 2009) are: Australia (128), South Africa (119), India (117), Sri Lanka (108), England (101), Pakistan (100), West Indies (85), New Zealand (82), Zimbabwe (12?) and Bangladesh (0).

    The current home-away points tally of Test-playing teams is shown in Table B.
    -- How the rankings work...

    TABLE B: Test Score Card (as on July 7, 2009)
    A W A Y
    Aus Ban Eng Ind NZ Pak RSA SL WI Zim
    H

    O

    M

    E
    Australia 2 / 2
    2 / 2
    2 / 5
    5 / 5
    1 / 4
    2.5 / 4
    2.5 / 3
    2 / 2
    3 / 3
    3 / 3
    2 / 3
    1 / 3
    3 / 3
    2 / 2
    2.5/3
    3 / 3
    1 / 1
    2 / 2
    Bangladesh 0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    -
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 3
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 3
    0 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    England 0 / 5
    3 / 5
    2 / 2
    2 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    1 / 3
    2 / 3
    2.5/3
    0.5 / 3
    3.5 / 4
    3 / 5
    1.5 / 4
    1 / 3
    1.5 / 3
    2 / 5
    2 / 2
    1 / 2
    2 / 2
    India 1.5 / 4
    3 / 4
    1.5 / 2
    -
    2 / 3
    1.5 / 2
    2 / 3
    1 / 2
    1 / 3
    2 / 3
    1 / 3
    1.5 / 3
    1 / 3
    2.5 / 3
    2.5 / 4
    2.5 / 3
    2 / 2
    2 / 2
    New Zealand 0 / 2
    0.5 / 3
    1.5 / 2
    2 / 2
    0.5/3
    1 / 3
    1 / 2
    1 / 3
    0 / 1
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    1.5 / 3
    1 / 2
    1 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    1 / 2
    2 / 2
    0.5 / 1
    Pakistan 0 / 3
    0 / 3
    2 / 2
    3 / 3
    0.5 / 4
    2.5 / 3
    1 / 3
    2 / 3
    1.5 / 2
    1 / 1
    1 / 3
    0.5 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    1 / 2
    1 / 2
    2.5 / 3
    2 / 2
    1 / 3
    South Africa 2 / 3
    1 / 3
    2 / 2
    2 / 2
    2.5 / 4
    2 / 5
    1.5 / 3
    2 / 3
    1.5 / 3
    2 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    2 / 3
    0 / 2
    2 / 2
    3 / 4
    2 / 3
    1 / 1
    2 / 2
    Sri Lanka 0 / 2
    0 / 3
    2 / 2
    3 / 3
    1.5 / 3
    2 / 3
    0.5 / 3
    2 / 3
    1 / 2
    1 / 2
    1 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    2 / 2
    1 / 2
    2 / 2
    2 / 2
    3 / 3
    West Indies 0 / 3
    0.5/3
    2 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    3 / 5
    0.5 / 3
    1.5 / 4
    1 / 2
    0.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    1 / 2
    1 / 3
    1 / 4
    0 / 2
    1 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    2 / 2
    Zimbabwe 0 / 2
    0 / 1
    0.5 / 2
    1.5 / 2
    0 / 2
    1 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0.5 / 1
    0 / 2
    2 / 3
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0 / 1
    0 / 3
    0 / 2
    0 / 2
    0.5 / 2

    Table C summarizes the home-away series win record of all the nine Test playing countries and Zimbabwe. Note that this table lists statistics relating to Test series, not individual Test matches.

    TABLE C: Series 'win-draw-loss' record (with 'home'-'away' break-up)
    (as on July 7, 2009)
    | *No India-Bangladesh series so far in India
    Country No of home wins No of away wins Total wins No of home draws No of away draws Total draws No of home losses No of away losses Total losses
    Australia 8 7 15 0 0 0 1 2 3
    Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 8* 16*
    England 6 3 9 1 1 2 2 5 7
    India 6* 5 11* 2 0 2 0 4 4
    New Zealand 1 3 4 4 2 6 4 4 8
    Pakistan 5 4 9 1 1 2 3 4 7
    South Africa 7 6 13 0 2 2 2 1 3
    Sri Lanka 6 2 8 1 4 5 2 3 5
    West Indies 3 2 5 2 1 3 4 6 10
    Zimbabwe 1 1 2 1 1 2 7 7 14

    Our next update will appear after the Sri Lanka - Pakistan series in Sri Lanka. After their win at Galle today, Sri Lanka might widen their slender lead over Pakistan.

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