The 2020-21 Test season

The season finally got over with Pakistan’s effortless 2-0 win over Zimbabwe.

The ICC Test ranking tables as on 11 May:

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/test

It does not include Afghanistan and Ireland because of insufficient matches.

Then there is the table for the WTC Test Championship of 2019-21

https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-test-championship/standings

It is unclear what form the WTC will take in 2021-23 (or, indeed, if it will take place at all). If the restriction of the top 9 teams are taken, it may happen that Afghanistan will replace Bangladesh.

Records of the SL-BD Test series-2021

Sri Lanka won the series 1-0, with the first match being a dull draw. In the second Test, debutant Praveen Jayawickrama recorded the best bowling for SL on debut and also recorded the best bowling for any slow left-armer on debut, surpassing Alf Valentine’s record in 1950.

D Karunaratne’s 244 in the first Test is the best for SL v BD at home. The previous record was 222* by Sangakkara in 2007. However, the highest for SL v BD is 319 also by Sangakkara in 2013-14. He and GA Gooch are the only ones to score a triple century and century in the same Test. It is probably a first-class record as well.

We now look at the final WTC points table, as all the possible fixtures (barring the final) have been completed:

https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-test-championship/standings

Also, the ICC rankings (as distinct from the WTC tables:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html

This covers Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland as well. It is not clear how the 2021-23 WTC will play out, but it is possible that Afghanistan would challenge Bangladesh for the last place.

World cricket rankings on 14 Dec 2020

After New Zealand’s 2-0 victory over the West Indies, the ICC rankings see New Zealand edge towards a hairbreadth of Australia’s pole position:

Australia leads with 116+, followed by New Zealand also with 116+ and India with 114.

You can also see the ODI rankings above.

And the points table for the World Test Championship on the same date:

A detailed discussion is here:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/world-test-championship-new-zealand-put-pressure-on-india-as-race-to-lord-s-final-heats-up-1243780