Introduction The ICC Test Championship was introduced at the start of the England v Pakistan series in May 2001 to add interest, context and excitement to the game at the highest level. The rankings run on a rolling basis enabling direct comparisons to be made between the Test playing nations at any time. Australia headed the official table when it was launched and has continued to dominate the ratings, although it briefly ceded first place to South Africa from January 2003 to May 2003. After every Test Series, the two teams invovled in the series each receive a certain number of points, based on a mathematical formula relating to the results of the matches in the series. This system is then used to update the ICC Test Championship Table. Series that have been completed since August 2005 currently contribute to each team's rating in the table. However, only points gained in series completed since August 2007 count 100% in the table. Points gained from earlier series only count 50%.
Calculating Series and Ratings Points
There are two methods used for calculating the rating points achieved by each side in a series:
Method 1 - if the two teams' ratings differ by less than 40 points
Method 2 - if the two teams' ratings differ by 40 points or more
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