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Australia drop to 5th in ICC Test rankings

Australia's first Ashes defeat on home soil in 24 years dropped them behind Sri Lanka.

January 7, 2011, 12:09 PM IST
Australia drop to 5th in ICC Test rankings

Sydney: Australia have dropped to fifth place in the Test rankings after losing the Ashes series to England, who edged closer to second-placed South Africa on the latest official list issued on Friday.

Third-placed England went into the series with 112 ratings points and have added three to their tally following their comprehensive 3-1 victory in Australia, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

England now trail South Africa by two rating points after Graeme Smith and his men drew the three-match home series against table-topper India 1-1.

For Australia, their first Ashes defeat on home soil in 24 years cost three ratings points and dropped them behind Sri Lanka.

South Africa started against India on 116 ratings points and gained just one while the drawn series cost India one point but they continue to lead on 128.

New Zealand have an opportunity to rise to the sixth place if they can beat Pakistan in the two-Test series that started in Hamilton on Friday.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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