England overtake Proteas in ICC Test rankings

2018-11-27 12:59
Joe Root
Joe Root (AP)

Cape Town - England have claimed second position in the ICC men's Test team rankings after completing a 3-0 sweep over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.

England had started the series in third on 106 points, one point behind South Africa.

Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I team rankings, are updated at the end of a series, and following their win England have moved into second place on 108 points.

In the latest table, India (116 points) lead the field. They are followed by England (108), South Africa (106), Australia (102) and New Zealand (101).

With some more mouth-watering Test cricket to take place in the season, there could potentially be a change at the top of the table depending on how Australia and India, and the South Africa and Pakistan series' pan out.

If Australia win all four Tests against India, and South Africa beat Pakistan 3-0, then South Africa will be the new No 1-ranked side, ahead of Australia by a fraction of a point.

Australia can also top the team rankings, but to make this happen, Tim Paine's side will have to win all four Tests against India and then hope Pakistan either draw or win a Test against South Africa.

If Australia and South Africa win 4-0 and 2-1 respectively, then Australia will be first on 110 points and South Africa will be fourth on 108 points.

The Proteas take on Pakistan in a three-match Test series with the first Test scheduled to begin on December 26 at Centurion.

Latest ICC Test rankings:

1. India - 116

2. England - 108

3. South Africa - 106

4. New Zealand - 102

5. Australia - 102

6. Pakistan - 95

7. Sri Lanka - 93

8. West Indies - 63

9. Bangladesh - 63

10. Zimbabwe - 13

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