Australia slump to fifth in ICC Test Rankings
Australia’s recent 373-run defeat to Pakistan has affected them big way, as a result they not only lost the two-match series 1-0, but also slumped to the fifth position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Rankings.
Australia, who started the match at third position with 106 points and behind South Africa only on decimals, are now on 102 points, marginally behind New Zealand on decimal points.
However, the match winner Pakistan are also the gainers in the rankings, as they have made some substantial gains in terms of points, in the list led by India with 116 points. Pakistan advanced from 88 to 95 points thanks to the big margin win in the second match.
Still, the Pakistanis will most probably consider themselves a bit unlucky. They could have gone past Sri Lanka had they won the series by 2-0. But despite being in the driver’s seat most of the time of the first Test, they had to end up with a drawn result, and as a result they remain in the seventh position, just two points behind the Lankans.
Australia’s chance to improve their rankings will be anything but easy, as they will host the No.1 Test side India at their own backyard next, with the first of the four-match series commencing on December 6.
On the other hand, Pakistan have a three-match Test series in the UAE against New Zealand that starts on November 16.