Drawn series cost Pakistan two points in ICC table

Published: Friday, June 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Pakistan's failure to win the two-match Test series in the Caribbean has put paid to their hopes of improving their rank in the LG International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table.

After the drawn Test series in West Indies, Pakistan are placed fourth, one behind archrivals India.

Unlike Pakistan, England could improve its Test rating by one point to 111 by virtue of its 2-0 series win over minnows Bangladesh.

Australia (132) and England (111) are ahead of India (107), taking the first and second slot respectively.

At present three sides are now level on 100 points in the table.

Pakistan remains fourth in the official Test table but the 1-1 series draw has seen its rating fall by two points so that it is now ahead of Sri Lanka and South Africa only when the ratings are recalculated to three decimal places.

The home draw boosted West Indies' rating by two points but it is still in eighth place, 22 points adrift of its nearest rival New Zealand.

Meanwhile, a century for Brian Lara ensured he retained top spot in the LG ICC Test batting rankings. Corey Collymore was the major mover, climbing 14 places in the LG ICC Test bowling rankings to 27th, a career high for the pace bowler.

India's stand in captain Rahul Dravid (872 points) and Virender Sehwag (848) retain their third and fifth placing while Sachin Tendulkar (750) has slipped one place and is now at 12th slot while VVS Laxman is at 28th with 609 points.

Marcus Trescothick has become England's top-ranked batsman in the batting rankings. A century in the second Test against Bangladesh helped the southpaw climb into the top 10 at the expense of compatriot Andrew Strauss, who drops to 15th.

There has not been any major change in the bowling ranking as Glenn McGrath (Aus 897) continued to occupy the top slot, followed by Muttiah Muralitharan (SL 834) and Shaun Pollock (SA 787).

Indian spinner Anil Kumble retains his fifth placing with 766 points.

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