ICC rankings are absolute garbage: Vaughan

back icon
26 Dec 2019 | 06:22 AM

ICC rankings are absolute garbage: Vaughan

He also picked India as the only team that can trouble Australia at home



Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed the International Cricket Council's ranking system, terming it as "absolute garbage".

India are currently ranked number one in ICC Test team rankings, followed by New Zealand, South Africa, England and Australia.

The cricketer-turned-commentator feels New Zealand and England don't deserve to get the second and fourth spot in the ICC Test rankings as they haven't won enough Test series in the last two years.

"I will be dead honest about the ICC rankings. I think they are absolute garbage," Vaughan was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

"I have no idea how - New Zealand have won plenty of series over the course of the last two years - but for them to be second, and where it stands out for me that the rankings can't be right is that England in Test match cricket are third, and England for three or four years have struggled in Test match cricket, particularly overseas," he said.

The 45-year-old, who captained England Test team from 2003 to 2008, said the ICC ranking is confusing.

"They have won series at home. They have only just drawn the Ashes in English conditions, they only just beat Ireland. I think the rankings are a little bit confusing.

"I certainly don't, in my opinion, have New Zealand as the second best Test match nation in the world. I think, particularly over here in Australia, Australia are a far better Test match team."

Vaughan also picked India as the only team that can trouble Australia at home, saying Virat Kohli's men have the pace and spin in their bowling and experience in batting to challenge the hosts.

"I think there are two teams, India and Australia, they are the best Test match teams in the world, without question. I think there is only one team that can come here and put Australia under pressure, that was 12 months ago, that they won here, India," he said.

"There was no Smith, no Warner, no (Marnus) Labuschagne in the Australian ranks in that series, I think the series later on next year, when India arrive back here, hopefully everyone will be fit.

"That Indian attack has got the pace, it has also got the spin, the batting unit has got all the experience. I only see only one team at this stage that can compete with Australia here and that is India."

shareGray Share

Related Articles

India climbs to top of World Test Championship standings after series win over Australia
The victory Down Under handed India 430 points, putting it ahead of New Zealand (420) and Australia (332)
19 Jan 2021
New Zealand become No.1 in Test rankings for first time
They now have 118 points, two more than Australia and four clear of third-placed India
06 Jan 2021
Key events to look forward to for Team India in 2021
It’s going to be an important year for the Indian men’s cricket team, especially in their quest for an ICC trophy
userNitin Fernandes
05 Jan 2021
Current Test team under Kohli is India's best ever: Gavaskar
India reached the top of ICC Test rankings under the captaincy of Kohli
23 Aug 2020
India will not be as effective as Wagner in bowling bouncers: Wade
"Teams may try it but I don't think it will be as successful," Wade told cricket.com.au
31 Jul 2020
The milestone Tests
From the first to 2000th, here's a look back at milestone matches in Test cricket
userCricket.Com Staff
25 Jul 2020
India lose top spot in ICC Test rankings to Australia
Australia also grabbed the no.1 spot in the T20I list for the first time while England continued to lead the men's ODI rankings
01 May 2020
The ‘Real Test’ of India’s Test Ascendancy
While the current trend is of teams dominating at home, the real challenge for India's dominance in Test cricket is to win consistently overseas
userDillip Mohanty
28 Feb 2020
Australia set to host the strongest Kiwi outfit ever
Trans-Tasman rivalry set to resume after nearly four years
userSomesh Agarwal
11 Dec 2019
Clueless England’s last bout against rampaging Australia
Australia have already retained the urn after a 185-run victory at Old Trafford
userShubh Aggarwal
11 Sep 2019
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved