India maintains top spot in ICC Test Championship

Friday, January 7, 2011

DUBAI - India continues to dominate the ICC Test Championship following the drawn Test series against South Africa.

The Proteas, who started the series against India on 116 ratings points, have gained one ratings point and moved to 117 ratings points.

India though has dropped one ratings point, but it continues to lead South Africa by 11 ratings as it is now on 128 ratings points.

Third-placed England’s 3-1 Ashes series win against Australia has allowed it to narrow the gap with South Africa.

England, which had entered the Ashes series on 112 ratings points, has jumped to 115 ratings points.

Andrew Strauss’s side now trails Graeme Smith’s men by just two ratings points.

For Australia, the news is not so good and its first Ashes defeat in 24 years on home soil has meant it has dropped to fifth in the table.

The defeat has cost Australia three ratings points which has put it two points behind Sri Lanka on 107.

Meanwhile, the two-Test series between New Zealand and Pakistan started in Hamilton today.

In this series, the Black Caps will have the opportunity to improve on its current position of number eight and rise to as high as sixth.

However, to make this happen, it would have to win both Tests which would put it alongside the West Indies on 85 ratings points, but ahead by a fraction.

Pakistan, which will drop to eighth position on 82 ratings points if it is loses both the Tests, in contrast, can earn four ratings points and rise to 92 ratings points if the results are reversed. (ANI)

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