England overtake Pakistan in Test rankings

Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Team India hangs on to its fourth position but England, thanks to the unbeatable 2-0 lead over Pakistan in their four-match series, has replaced Inzamam-ul Haq's side from the second place in the latest LG ICC Test Rankings.

And the Andrew Strauss-led side moving into the second place confirms that the Ashes battle, scheduled later this year, would be a top-of-the-table clash when the Poms tour Down Under.

England beat Pakistan by 167 runs in the third test in Leeds yesterday to snatch the second spot.

''The gap between England and Australia ahead of their series beginning in Brisbane in November is still to be decided but it could be as few as 11 rating points if England beat Pakistan again at The Oval in the fourth Test, starting on 17 August, and so claim a 3-0 victory,'' an ICC release said here.

England's series win is its first since it beat Australia 2-1 last year to reclaim The Ashes while, for Pakistan, it is its first loss in a series since it lost all three Tests against Ricky Ponting's side in 2004-5.

Yesterday, Sri Lanka consolidate its position in fifth spot in the LG ICC Test Championship table with a nerve-jangling one-wicket win over South Africa that secured a 2-0 series win over the Proteas.

Sri Lanka is now eight points behind fourth-placed India while South Africa, in sixth spot, has lost four rating points and is now just two points ahead of New Zealand.

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