Australia Slips to No. Five in ICC Test Rankings

Australia Slips to Number Five in ICC Test Rankings

Australia registered an embarrassing downhill slide in the latest ICC Test Rankings during the ongoing two-match Tests series after losing out against resurgent Bangladesh, in the first Test at Mirpur by 20 runs.

It becomes pertinent that Steven Smith-led Australia has slipped to number five in the five-day format after losing the riveting Test on the fourth day at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka

The fightback from the hosts has witnessed them gain 73 points as they went on to claim four crucial points.

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Shakib Al Hasan was the chief architect for Bangladesh with the ball. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Earlier, as per the rankings of August 14, Bangladesh was placed ninth with 69 points to its name and Mushfiqur Rahim-led side added vital points to the overall table tally, in a bid to give tough time to the Caribbean side which is currently in the United Kingdom.

On Tuesday (August 29), the Caribbean registered a significant win over England in the second Test at Headingley to add four points and eventually tied the series at 1-1.

Despite the miraculous performance, Bangladesh lost the chance of surpassing Windies in the ranking after the revitalized Caribbean stunned three Lions in the British Isles.

After struggling against the spin-bowling attack Australia lost three crucial points as the side was eked out by their arch-rivals New Zealand on the basis of the fraction of a point.

Before the start of the Test series, the visitors were positioned at fourth place with 100 points.

Steven Smith would be eagerly waiting to level the series, in a bid to return to the fourth position, as the second and final Test is scheduled to be held in Chittagong on September 4 and 8.

Following the memorable win over Kangaroo, the Tigers are confident and satisfied with their performance.

Coming to the conclusion, Bangladesh would be looking forward to bank on their slow bowlers in order to clinch the series 2-0 which is not that easy against a side which is capable of making a decent comeback.

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In order to march on the table chart, Bangladesh have to rely on England-Windies Test match and have to win a game to claim the possibility of being slated at number eight position in the latest rankings.

For the Bangladesh’s success, ranked No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has played a pivotal role with the ball after claiming 10 wickets in the match, as left-handed opener batsman Tamim Iqbal struck two consecutive fifties in his fifth Test match of his career.

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