India maintain top position in ICC Test rankings

India and South Africa have risen in the ICC Test rankings but Australia, England and Pakistan have headed in the opposite direction


India retain top spot but South Africa have closed the gap to just six points. Photo: AFP
India retain top spot but South Africa have closed the gap to just six points. Photo: AFP

Dubai: India have retained their top position in ICC Test ranking with 123 points — a clear six point lead over second-placed South Africa.

The Proteas (117 points) have reduced the gap with India to six points while nine points now separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-placed Sri Lanka as per the latest ICC release.

Ninth-ranked Bangladesh trail eighth-placed West Indies by six points. India have gained one ranking point while South Africa have leapt from 109 to 117 points, meaning the Proteas have trimmed the pre-update gap of 13 points to just six.

While India and South Africa have made upward movements but Australia, England and Pakistan have headed in the opposite direction.

Australia have retained their third place but have plummeted from 108 points to 100 points; England have stayed in fourth position but have slipped to 99 points after losing two points, whereas Pakistan have dropped behind New Zealand in sixth after conceding four points to sit on 93 points.

The swings for Faf du Plessis’s and Steve Smith’s sides have come after South Africa’s 2-1 loss to Australia and the latter’s 5-0 series win over England in 2013-14 have both been dropped for calculation purposes.

Sri Lanka are seventh with 91 points (up by one), West Indies eighth with 75 (up by five), Bangladesh ninth with 69 (up by three) and Zimbabwe 10th with zero points (down by five).

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