These Are the Best Cricket Nations in 2020
A few short years ago, any ranking of the best national cricket teams would have thrown up a list of the same predictable list of suspects.
However, recent international tournaments have shown that once-unassailable teams like England are no longer assured of victory, as other teams begin to increasingly take the top spot in the test matches rankings. To get a better picture of what the year ahead might hold for global cricket, let's take a closer look at the very best cricket teams in the world in 2020.
Team India, also known as the Men in Blue, is undoubtedly the most formidable cricket team in the world right now. Cricket has been a central component of Indian culture for over 300 years, so it is unsurprising that the national squad is comprised of some of the best players to ever walk the Earth. After years languishing as runner-ups, India finally won the ICC Championship in 2011, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, and the Asia Cup in 2010, 2016, and 2018. Its prominence on the world stage has led to India become one of the most widely-followed teams, with fans around the world betting on the club via online sportsbooks. The casino portal Superlenny now even provides an in-depth guide on how anyone can bet on Indian cricket, including understanding cricket odds and navigating local regulations. We have no doubt that India's star will continue to rise in the year ahead.
The Australian National Cricket Team, first founded in 1877, requires no introduction. They are, by most measures, the most successful cricket team in the history of the sport. They have won the ICC Championship a whopping 3 times, as well as bagging an ICC Trophy win in 2006 and 2009. In addition, Australia has the highest overall wins percentage and win ratio out of any team in history. While they surprisingly got knocked out of the semi-finals at the last ICC Championship, this year they are on a winning streak. They are currently ranked at the top of the ICC leaderboards, with a total of 116 rating points, putting them ahead of every other national team. With iconic players such as Joe Burns and Stephen Smith, expect Oz to stay on top in 2020.
3. South Africa
The South Africa National Cricket Team, known as the Proteas, first entered the global cricket world-class category all the way back in 1889. Granted, South Africa does not tend to come out on top in the ICC tournaments and rankings, having only won the ICC Champions Trophy once, back in 1998. However, the ICC isn't everything, and it is clear that South Africa comes out on top in a wide variety of other metrics. The rankings of players with the best batting averages in the world contain a huge number of South African players, such as JP Duminy and Hashim Amla. It's clear that South Africa cannot be discounted as a leading force in cricket.
While these teams currently represent the best squads in cricket right now, anything could change. Watch this space to find out.
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