Opener Rogers casts doubt on Australia’s top test rank

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Opening batsman Chris Rogers is uncertain Australia deserves to be ranked world number one in tests, saying the team’s 4-0 drubbing by India was not the mark of a top team.

Australia were promoted to the pinnacle for the first time in nearly five years on Thursday, when the ranking system dropped results from the 2010-11 season from its calculations.

While hailed by most local media, Australia’s promotion without a bowl being balled has raised eyebrows, coming only weeks after South Africa were awarded a $475,000 cheque by the ICC for finishing the season on top.

Rogers suggested he was also unconvinced.

“I don’t know, personally,” Rogers said on Cricket Australia’s website (

“Obviously, there’s still some unfinished business.

“Losing four-nil in India – you can’t do that if you’re number one – but I think to beat South Africa in South Africa meant a lot.

“They were number one and to go beat them in their place; I think that is a big achievement.

“I think we’re going in the right direction and we just need to keep playing well.”

Australia lost 4-0 in India last year before being beaten 3-0 in England, but turned it around to thrash England 5-0 in the return Ashes series on home soil.

They finished the season strongly with a hard-fought 2-1 series win away to the Proteas.

Ironically, South Africa can reclaim the top ranking with test wins against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe before Australia have a chance to defend it in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October.

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