Pakistan slips to fifth spot in ICC Test Rankings

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DUBAI – Following a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Australia in the Test series, Pakistan has slipped two places to the fifth position on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings.

Pakistan lost five valuable points to finish with 97 points after the series, just one point ahead of New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

It was the sixth consecutive Test loss for Pakistan including a 2-0 loss to New Zealand in a previous series.

Pakistan, which had led the rankings last year following a 2-2 draw in England during a four-match series in July-August, was tied with South Africa on 102 points before the Australia series but was ahead by decimal points. South Africa and England (101) are now both ahead of Pakistan.

Australia has consolidated its second position, gaining four points and moving up to 109 points, 11 points behind India. But South Africa could bridge the gap as it looks set to gain more points when the rankings are updated after its ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka which it leads 2-0.

South Africa could go up to 107 points with a 3-0 win and 105 points if it wins 2-0. Even if Sri Lanka wins the last Test in Johannesburg next week, South Africa will gain two points to reach 104 points with a 2-1 series result.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 7 January 2017, after the Australia v Pakistan series)


Rank Team              Points


1          India                120


2          Australia         109 (+4)


3          South Africa    102


4          England           101


5          Pakistan           97 (-5)


6          New Zealand   96


7          Sri Lanka         96


8          West Indies     69


9          Bangladesh     65


10        Zimbabwe       05

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