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Tests - Men
(Updated 1 Jan 2017)
England's struggles in India continued into December, with the visitors losing both of the last two matches of the series by an innings to give India a 4-0 win.

Pakistan left New Zealand and headed over the Tasman. They put a gallant fight in the day-night test at Brisbane, losing by just 39 runs after being set 490 to win. Australia then won the second test of the series by an innings.

South Africa inflicted a heavy defeat on Sri Lanka in their Boxing Day test at Port Elizabeth.

India's good form saw their rating climb to an all-time high and they finished the year at the top of the table for the first time since 2010. They also had the best win-loss ratio for the year (nine wins and three draws) and were the most improved team during 2016, with their rating climbing 46 points. In contrast, England's rating fell to its lowest level since 2009, while Pakistan's rating has not been lower since 2014. Although all teams finished December in the same place on the table that they started the month, Sri Lanka's ranking briefly rose into fourth place before their loss to South Africa - the Sri Lankans have not had as high a ranking since 2009.

Rank Team Points Change last month Rating end 2015
1 India 643 +14 597
2 South Africa 613 +8 590
3 Australia 604 +16 632
4 England 539 -14 571
5 Sri Lanka 532 -8 504
6 Pakistan 521 -16 563
7 New Zealand 519 528
8 West Indies 430 418
9 Bangladesh 340 326
10 Zimbabwe 264 276
 

Best and worst ratings
(Last 100 years only)
Team Best rating Worst rating
Australia 820, on 8 Feb 1951 386, on 28 Dec 1986
Bangladesh 361, on 31 Jul 2002 239, on 14 Sep 2005
England 685, on 11 Jul 1960 336, on 30 Mar 1994
India 643, on 20 Dec 2016 331, on 16 Dec 1959
New Zealand 548, on 15 Mar 1987 250, on 3 Mar 1969
Pakistan 629, on 2 Mar 1998 374, on 5 Feb 1973
South Africa 698, on 28 Nov 1999 261, on 4 Jan 1928
Sri Lanka 587, on 30 Aug 2009 270, on 22 Aug 1992
West Indies 796, on 16 Apr 1986 386, on 24 Apr 2005
Zimbabwe 435, on 4 Feb 1995 243, on 23 Sep 2000
 

Graphical ratings history