Sri Lanka drop in Test rankings

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Series sweep helps England move up to No.2, only behind India, while Sri Lanka slip below Pakistan.

England have claimed second position on the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings after completing a 3-0 sweep over Sri Lanka in Colombo on Monday.

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England had started the series ranked third on 106 points, one point behind South Africa. As the Test team rankings, unlike the ODI and T20I team rankings, are updated at the end of a series, England have finished in second place on 108 points.

In contrast, Sri Lanka, who had entered the series in sixth place on 97 points (two points ahead of seventh-ranked Pakistan), have finished two points behind Pakistan on 93 points after conceding four points.

In the latest table, India (116 points) lead the field. They are followed by England (108), South Africa (106), Australia (102) and New Zealand (101).

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With some more mouth-watering Test cricket to take place in the season, there could potentially be a change at the top of the table depending on how Australia and India, and the South Africa and Pakistan series pan out.

If Australia win all four Tests against India, and South Africa beat Pakistan 3-0, then South Africa will be the new No.1-ranked side, ahead of Australia by a fraction of a point. In this scenario, England and India will be equal on 108 points with England ranked above India when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Australia can also top the team rankings, but to make this happen, Tim Paine’s side will have to win all four Tests against India and then hope Pakistan either draw or win a Test against South Africa. If Australia and South Africa win 4-0 and 2-1 respectively, then Australia will be first on 110 points and South Africa will be fourth on 108 points.

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However, if India and Pakistan beat Australia and South Africa 4-0 and 3-0 respectively, then India will move to 120 points while retaining the No.1 position, followed by England (108), New Zealand (105, if they draw Pakistan 1-1 and beat Sri Lanka 2-0), Pakistan (103), South Africa (100) and Australia (97).

Ongoing series

Bangladesh v West Indies
Pakistan v New Zealand

Upcoming Test series

Australia v India (4 Tests, 12 December-7 January)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (2 Tests, 15-30 December)
South Africa v Pakistan (3 Tests, 26 December-15 January)
West Indies v England (3 Tests, 23 January-13 February)
Australia v Sri Lanka (2 Tests, 24 January-5 February)
South Africa v Sri Lanka (2 Tests, 13-25 February)
New Zealand v Bangladesh (3 Tests, 28 February-20 March)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 26 November 2019)

RankTeamPoints
1India116
2England108 (+3)
3South Africa106
4New Zealand102
5Australia102
6Pakistan95
7Sri Lanka97 (-4)
8West Indies63
9Bangladesh63
10Zimbabwe13
11Afghanistan0
12Ireland0