Gone are the days when Australia topped the Test ranking charts. Now, the team from Down Under is on a slippery slope, having dropped from fourth to fifth place in the ICC list. After its loss to England in the Ashes series 2010-11, this news only adds insult to injury.
Meanwhile England who are riding on the success of the series, have secured the No.3 spot, moving just two points behind South Africa, as shown on the latest official list issued on Friday.
Third-placed England went into the series with 112 ratings points and have added three to their tally following their comprehensive 3-1 victory in Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.
South Africa failed to gain much in terms of ranking points particularly because they ended up drawing a home series against table-topper India. South Africa started against India on 116 ratings points and gained just one while the drawn series cost India one point but they continue to lead on 128.
For Australia, their first Ashes defeat on home soil in 24 years cost three ratings points and dropped them behind Sri Lanka.
New Zealand could rise to the sixth place if they beat Pakistan in the two-Test series that started in Hamilton on Friday.