LG ICC Test Championship December 22, 2007

England drop to fifth in rankings

Cricinfo staff

Alastair Cook led England to safety in Galle, but his team dropped down in the rankings © AFP

England may have drawn the final Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, but the 1-0 series loss meant they slipped from second to fifth in the LG ICC Test Championship table.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have jumped up two places from fifth to third; had they won in Galle, they would have replaced England in second position.

"Those stats don't lie," admitted Michael Vaughan, England's captain. "We got to No. 2 in the world because we beat most teams in the world. "We're No. 5 in the world because we lost to Australia and we've only got 20 wickets once in our last 14 Tests away from home."

England's slip results in South Africa becoming the No. 2 team in the rankings for both Tests and ODIs, behind Australia. With upcoming series between South Africa and West Indies and Australia and India beginning on Boxing Day, the rankings could well change before the year ends.

There is stiff competition among the teams placed second to fifth, with South Africa, Sri Lanka and fourth-placed India all on 109, only separated by fractions of a ratings point, while England are close on their heels at 107.

However, top-ranked Australia remain the runaway leaders, and even a 4-0 loss to India at home won't see them lose the No. 1 spot.

In the players rankings, Kumar Sangakkara, who had displaced Ricky Ponting at the top of the list for Test batsmen after the first Test in Kandy, has fallen to third place. Ponting regains first place, but will have to battle with No. 2 Jacques Kallis to retain the position, with both players involved in series that begin on Boxing Day.

Mahela Jayawardene, who won the series prize for his 474 runs against England, is now up to sixth place, ahead of Kevin Pietersen, who has slipped to seventh.

Among the bowlers, Muttiah Muralitharan continues his reign at the top, while Matthew Hoggard drops three places to ninth.

LG ICC Test Championship

Team Matches Rating
Australia 28 143
South Africa 33 109
Sri Lanka 32 109
India 33 109
England 40 107
Pakistan 33 94
New Zealand 18 91
West Indies 24 72
Bangladesh 18 4

LG ICC Player Rankings

Test batsmen




AUS 936
SA 935
SL 933
PAK 880
AUS 874
SL 835
ENG 804
AUS 803
PAK 799
WI 762
 Top 100

Test bowlers




SL 907
SA 808
SA 775
AUS 769
IND 732
AUS 726
NZ 724
SA 701
ENG 695
PAK 684
 Top 100