ICC rankings June 8, 2008

England jump back to No. 3 spot

Cricinfo staff

Plenty to celebrate: England are back to No.3 in the world after beating New Zealand © Getty Images

England's forthcoming series against South Africa, the most enticing contest in the near future, has been given an extra edge after the teams swapped places in the latest ICC rankings. After their 2-0 series victory over New Zealand, England have leapfrogged their next opponent into third place in the table.

They were on 108 points at the start of the series but the draw at Lord's followed by victories at Old Trafford and Trent Bridge boosted them to 110, just one point behind India, who retain second spot. Australia, currently 1-0 up against West Indies, remain well ahead of the chasing pack.

England could have ended this series in second position had they won all three Tests, but can still finish the season ahead of India if they beat South Africa and India do not win the series in Sri Lanka starting next month.

However, if South Africa edge the four-match series, beginning at Lord's on July 10, they could be the one to go into second depending on how the Sri Lanka-India contest pans out.

New Zealand remain in seventh place, 11 points ahead of West Indies, but that gap could close if West Indies can level the series against Australia with victory in the final Test in Barbados.

Team Matches Points Rating
Australia 33 4650 141
India 42 4642 111
England 48 5285 110
South Africa 44 4789 109
Sri Lanka 35 3709 106
Pakistan 33 3107 94
New Zealand 29 2559 88
West Indies 31 2380 77
Bangladesh 24 23 1