Dubai/Johannesburg:India continued to dominate the ICC Test Championship table, holding on to the top spot in the latest rankings issued on Friday despite losing a rating point after the drawn three-match series against South Africa.
India lead South Africa by 11 ratings with 128 ratings points, the cricket body said in a statement in Dubai.
Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola in Johannesburg said he is confident that the drawn test match on Thursday signal an exciting new rivalry and future Test series between the countries would be granted icon status.
“The high quality and huge popularity of the cricket that was delivered by both teams in the three-match Castle Test series between South Africa and India points irresistibly towards ensuring that future tours between these two top teams in world cricket are granted icon status,” Majola said.
England have however narrowed the gap with the Proteas after winning the Ashes 3-1.The Third-placed team ,which entered the five Test match series on 112 ratings points, have jumped to 115 ratings points and Andrew Strauss’s side now trails Graeme Smith’s men by just two ratings points.
South Africa, which started against India on 116 ratings points, have gained one more point.
For Australia, the news is not so good and their first Ashes defeat in 24 years on home soil has resulted in a drop to fifth on the table.
The defeat has cost Australia three ratings points, putting them two points behind Sri Lanka on 107.