When Pakistan beat Australia in the second Twenty20 International in the United Arab Emirates, the chief emotion for neutral observers was general chortling at the fact that Australia had slipped below Ireland in the ICC T20 rankings.
In a politically correct world, whether the laughter was aimed at Australia, or the system that made such a ranking possible would have been hard to say. In the real world, Australia were very much like the one-time bullying kid in school at whom everyone laughs - if only for two days.
The vagaries of the ranking system can be partially explained by the fact that the raw data for Twenty20 Internationals with regard to the number of matches played is too few and rankings will take time to stabilise until enough T20 Internationals are played. Thus Ireland, with 15 wins in 28 matches, trumped Australia with 25 wins in 51 matches after defeat in the second T20I, though Australia clambered back to ninth with victory in Monday's final game.