Pakistan falls two places in Test rankings

August 18, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: A 2-0 whitewash from host Sri Lanka has forced Pakistan to fall two places down to sixth spot in the Reliance ICC Test Team Championship table.

The results have helped the host to move up one place to fourth position. Sri Lanka gained six ratings points and Pakistan was docked seven rating points after the two-match Test series concluded on Monday in Colombo.

Meanwhile, England defeated India by 3-1 in the series that finished at The Oval on Sunday. The results mean England has vaulted two places to third while India has slipped one place to fifth. The 3-1 series win earned England four ratings points but India conceded six ratings points.

England now leads Sri Lanka by three ratings points, while the latter is ahead of India and Pakistan by five ratings points. India and Pakistan are on equal ratings points at 96, but MS Dhoni’s side is ranked ahead of Misbah-ul-Haq’s side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Number-one ranked South Africa is sitting on top of the table, but Australia is just one rating point behind. Michael Clarke’s side will have one eye on the number-one spot when it arrives in the UAE in October, but to regain the coveted position, it will have to win both the Tests against Pakistan.

The table in the middle is tight with 11 ratings points separating third-ranked England from seventh-ranked New Zealand. With a lot of Test cricket to be played over the next five months therefore further changes to the Championship table is on the cards.

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