Cricket

Australia slip below NZ, Proteas steady in Test rankings

2017-09-07 20:18
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Cape Town - Australia have slipped one place to fifth position in the ICC Test Team Rankings after drawing the two-Test series against Bangladesh 1-1.

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The Proteas remain in second place behind India, while England are in third. 

The Aussies, who started the series in fourth position on 100 points, are now on 97 points, the same as New Zealand but are behind on decimal points.

Australia had to win the series 1-0 or better to remain in fourth position on the points table, which is led by India with 125 points. 

The Baggy Green won the second Test against Bangladesh by seven wickets in Chittagong having gone down in the opener in Dhaka.

Australia's next Test match will be the first Ashes Test against England on the 23rd of November at the GABBA in Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has gained five points from the series to reach an aggregate of 74 points, though they remain in ninth position, only ahead of Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh face the second placed Proteas in their next assignment with the first of two Tests getting underway in Potchefstroom later this month.

ICC Test Team Rankings (as on September 7, 2017 after the Bangladesh v Australia series)

Rank       Team              Points

  1          India                125

  2          South Africa      110

  3          England            105

  4          New Zealand      97

  5          Australia            97 (-3)

  6          Pakistan            93

  7          Sri Lanka           90

  8          West Indies        75

  9          Bangladesh        74 ( 5)

  10        Zimbabwe          00

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