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Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland has congratulated Australian players and support staff after the Australian team achieved the number one position in the Reliance ICC Test and One-Day International rankings overnight.

The latest rankings confirm Australia’s status as the world’s best-performed nation in the Test and One-Day International arenas over the past three years.

“Everyone involved with the Australian team - players, coaches and support staff - should be incredibly proud of this achievement,” Mr Sutherland said. “There has been a huge amount of hard work and effort on and off the field to get to this point and it’s something that those involved with the side should take time to savour.

“Australian cricket’s Team Performance program led by Pat Howard deserves considerable credit for this outcome. High praise needs to go to Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann for their excellent leadership.

“We have had some tough challenges over the past 18 months, so to turn the corner and again be recognised as the world’s best-performed nation in Test and One-Day International cricket for the first time in five years is a great achievement.

“The challenge ahead will be to create sustained success – to ensure Australia’s performances remain at the top of the international game for years to come. We believe we are putting in place the foundations to make that happen.  We are committed to doing everything we can to achieve continuous improvement.”

The Australian Team Performance Review chaired by Don Argus, and handed down in August 2011, put a four-year timeline on regaining number one rankings in all three formats.

Mr Sutherland said although there was clearly much work ahead to reach that goal in Twenty20 cricket, it was pleasing to have achieved the aim in the Test and One-Day International rankings ahead of schedule.

Australia last held the number one Test ranking in August 2009 while the last time it was ranked at the top of Test and One-Day International cricket was December 2008.

The Australian team’s next international fixture is a series of one-day international matches against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Zimbabwe during August.

It will then take on Pakistan in two Test matches, three ODIs and a Twenty20 International, to be played in the United Arab Emirates during October.