The current ICC Test Ranking list has seen a few big changes after India’s Test defeat at Galle and Australia’s 3-1 Ashes series lose.
Losing the first Test at Galle India notched up a historic low in ICC Test ranking. With the Galle Test, India recorded seven Test defeats and six draws in the their last 13 Test. As a result India now slumped to 7th position from 5th.
With England winning the Ashes series 3-1, and Sri Lanka bamboozling India by 63 runs, Virat Kohli lead India suffered this blow.
India had a chance to start the series with a win and improve the ranking with better rating points than 97 in ICC Ranking, but on the final day they capitulated like a pack of cards. As Indian batsmen fell to left arm spinner Rangana Herath, they found them at dismal seventh position with 93 points at current ICC ranking.
India lost four points with this Galle Test defeat, and Sri Lanka’s position has improved as their ranking improved from miserable seventh position to 6th. Sri Lanka, who lost the previous home series to Pakistan last month, now earned four points in remarkable Galle Test victory.
Besides India, other losers are Australia and New Zealand. Before the Ashes Test series Australia were second best Test team in the world, but with 3-1 series lose to England they lost ten important rating points. As a result New Zealand’s 4th position is now replaced by Australia with 101 rating points. New Zealand were standing at 4th position with 99 rating points since their Test series was drawn with England, but India’s first Test defeat and Australia’s Ashes defeat pushed them at low 5th position with 99 points.
Meanwhile, Pakistan after their Test series win Sri Lanka, notched up a historic high in ICC ranking as they now stands at no. 3 with 101 points; three points behind England. Pakistan and Australia have same rating points, but Pakistan earned this points having played 11 Test lesser than Australia.
The biggest gainer in the ranking is England. Before the Ashes series they were at drab 6th position with 97 points, now after the 3-1 Ashes series victory they replaced Australia at the second position as they gained bulky 7 points. But, the topper South Africa is now where close to England with 125 rating points.
Ranking of last three did not change as West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe stands 8th, 9th and 10th position with 81, 51 and 5 rating points respectively.
1. South Africa – 125 rating points
2. England – 104 rating points
3. Pakistan-101rating points
4. Australia-101rating points
5. New Zealand-99 rating points
6. Sri Lanka-96 rating points
7. India- 93 rating points
8. West Indies-81 rating points
9.Bangladesh-51 rating points
10. Zimbabwe-5 rating points
*Rakings updated till 15th August, 2015