England leapfrogs India to second place

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Australia moves down to fifth place, its lowest since August 2011

A draw in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series that ended on Sunday helped England to move up one place to second on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings.

England won the series 3-0 and thereby gained four ratings points to finish with 116 ratings points.

England entered the series in third position with 112 ratings points. However, after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, it needed either a draw or a win to move ahead of India into second position.

A draw in the fifth and final Test resulted in England joining India on 116 ratings points. However, England is ranked above India when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

If Australia had recorded a consolation victory in the final Test, it would have stopped England from leapfrogging India; however, Australia would have still dropped down in the rankings.

Australia dropped four ratings points to drop below Pakistan into fifth place, on 101 ratings points – one behind Pakistan and two ahead of sixth-ranked West Indies.

This is Australia’s lowest finish on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings since August 2011, when it was last ranked fifth.

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Reliance ICC Test Rankings table (as on 25 August)

Rank   (+/-)     Team                          Rating (+/-)

1                      South Africa               135

2           (+1)    England                       116      (+4)

3           (-1)     India                            116

4           (+1)   Pakistan                        102

5           (-1)    Australia                       101      (-4)

6                      West Indies                  99

7                      Sri Lanka                      88

8                      New Zealand               79

9                      Bangladesh                 10