‘Absolute garbage’: Michael Vaughan questions New Zealand and England’s Test rankings
Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes both England and New Zealand don’t justify their respective positions in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings. New Zealand are currently placed at the second spot while England take up the fourth spot in latest ranking list. However, Vaughan stated that both the teams haven’t done exceedingly well to be positioned so high in the table.
“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 (now fourth), and England for three or four years have struggled in Test match cricket, particularly overseas.”
“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,” he added.
Vaughan’s high praise for Australia and their position on the ranking list doesn’t match as they are currently placed at the fifth spot. Although they do take up the second spot in World Test Championship table behind leaders India.
“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,” Vaughan added.
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