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Pakistan drops down to fifth position in ICC test rankings

By Nilabh Aole -

Pakistan test team has dropped down to the fifth position in the ICC Test Team Rankings as they were whitewashed by Australia by 3-0 with a 220-run defeat at the SCG on Saturday.

The Pakistan team has lost five rating points to finish the series with 97 points after just one point ahead of New Zealand and Sri Lanka. They have lost a test match for the sixth consecutive including a 2-0 loss to New Zealand.

After playing a 2-2 draw in the four-match series in July-August 2016, Pakistan was standing at the top position. Before the Australia's series, they were having 102 points and was tied with South Africa but was ahead on decimal points. 

On the other hand, the Australian team is standing at the second position as they have gained four points as they now have 109 points still 11 points behind India. But South Africa as got chances to bridge the gap as in ongoing three-Test series against Sri Lanka they are leading by 2-0.

ICC Test Team Rankings

Rank  Team              Points

1          India                120

2          Australia         109 (+4)

3          South Africa    102

4          England           101

5          Pakistan           97 (-5)

6          New Zealand   96

7          Sri Lanka         96

8          West Indies     69

9          Bangladesh     65

10        Zimbabwe       05

Nilabh Aole

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