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England tumble to fifth in Test rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 25, 2014

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Alastair Cook and England reflect on another defeat, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Investec Test, Headingley, 5th day, June 24, 2014
England slipped from third to fifth place in the Test rankings © Getty Images
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England slipped to fifth place in the ICC Test rankings after their 0-1 loss at home to Sri Lanka. A new-look side hinted at recovery from a terrible winter, but failed to wrap up the first Test at Lord's. They could not convert an even stronger position at Headingley as Angelo Mathews and his bowlers led Sri Lanka to their first series win in England, which lifted them up one place to sixth.

Pakistan have benefitted from England's slide, moving up to third spot though they haven't played a Test since January. Australia continue to lead the rankings.

Mathews, who scored two centuries in the series, is 24 points short of breaking into the top 10 batsmen. He is 11th with 761 points, chasing Virat Kohli. Kumar Sangakkara, who averaged 85.5 in the two matches, holds the No. 2 position with 896 points. Rangana Herath was resolute with the bat when it was most required and his bowling was more than handy, but his eight wickets in the series pushed him down one position to eighth. James Anderson, moving up three places to No. 10, is the other representative among the top-ten bowlers from the series.

Ian Bell, who completed 100 Tests at Headingley, is the top-ranked current English batsman with 657 points, although Kevin Pietersen is still ahead at 661. Alastair Cook is 22nd and Joe Root, who hit his maiden double ton at Lord's, is 24th. Moeen Ali, Sam Robson and Gary Ballance claimed their maiden centuries during the tour and have broken into the top 100.

The full rankings can be accessed here.

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 28, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

@ Jamie Moneghan & HennopsRiverEnd. To make sense, the rankings system needs changes:

1. Change the ridiculous once a year abrupt change/update in rankings. Falloff of old series & value adjustment from recent to older must be graduated, reflecting changes as they happen. SA has consistently won/not lost for years, yet to my recollection, EVERY YEAR since 2010, when ranking are updated, SA lost points. This is related to #2.

2.ALL top teams play 5 match series, or increase the value of shorter series. It is LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE for SA to accumulate as many points as Eng/Ind/Aus. SA don't play as many matches, & have to win a higher percentage to keep pace.

3. Away wins must have greater value - away losses less penalty. That is "real world" weighting.

4. A test washed out after 1 ball is a draw, & penalizes the higher ranked team. Points are lost or won DUE TO WEATHER ONLY! That is criminally stupid, & patently unfair!

It is not an equal Test Championship. The Big 3 benefit most

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 27, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

@ Vikram Singh. I think India could win this series. (Leicestershire v Indians story - said it there too!)

BUT, don't confuse T20 & Tests. During the IPL I wrote "Bhuvi Khumar is red hot." I think he is going places, but I know what Bhuvi would say if you asked him to compare himself to Steyn IN TESTS!

You rave about Shami, yet fail to note that Shami was bad in the IPL. In his own team, 2 Saffa spinners, 1 a part timer, leaked less runs! Saffas can't bowl spin, right? (Or so we keep hearing.) Tahir played HALF the matches & took more wickets. Even absurdly erratic Parnell bowled better than Shami! In the IPL ...

You should be pumped about India's chances, but don't selectively pick irrelevant stats to rubbish the best test bowler since 2009, & make unrealistic claims about Indian bowlers. Empty boasts achieve nothing. Be real!

We'll see if Bhuvi is "the boss" & "king of swing." I hope he does well, but in unfamiliar conditions, with an unfamiliar Duke ball, that's a challenge!

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (June 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

@Jamie Moneghan I fully agree with you regarding the #1 ranking.

Posted by anver777 on (June 27, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Before the last Ashes, Eng was No.1 & riding high, but now with this Eng's new look team they're struggling because they're building a team for future & wish very soon Eng will be back in top 3 Test ranking !!!!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

@Vikram Singh. Seriously get a life! No chance India will dominate world cricket , you couldn't do it with your so called greatest team a few years back as Australia thumped you in India in 2004 when that was supposed to be your top top team with Sachin , Dravid, Sehwag, Laxmen , Kumble etc etc etc. Until India can win ANYWHERE away from home then the world will just laugh at the Indian cricket team!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 23:36 GMT)

What a batting perfomance by india ..they r looking rock solid..the best batting line up in the world..just imagine mates when this batting line up will be followed by best fielding side india..and then too with a great bowling attack..how can u stop from winning series 3-0 or 4-0 ..everyone say that india is a weak bowling unit..but I want to remind them that this is the team in which there is bhuvi..remember ipl..where steyn three times went for more than 22 runs..by dhoni yusuf and ab..but in the same time there was bhuvi. No. Batsman in the whole season was able to hit him even 10 runs in an over..he is the boss dude..he is the king of swing.and we will enjoy his swing in england. And who one can forget shami..everyone knows the talent that he have.that fella will definately will become the number one bowler in future..indian team also have a very strong and very tall bowler pankaj singh who can bowl deadly bouncers..india got aaron who can bowl 150+ consistently..and also jadega.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Pakistan has the best win/loss ratio at home according to statsguru

Posted by Nadman on (June 26, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Kevin Peterson's ghost coming to haunt England...Not too late to have Depth England. Bite your Ego and let the DEPTH come back...

Posted by Mike_Tyson on (June 26, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

As an England fan I have no issues with these rankings, every team seems about right where they are.

I will say one thing however, the hate for the Indian team needs to stop, i might say it's a little sickening, they have one of the best home records of all time and have consistently won at home even if their away form hasn't been too great. Some people need to get over it and give some credit where it's due.

Even my side just lost a series at home and SA also lost to Aus at home so give it a rest.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

The ranking system is a little flawed , as I'm Australian and no doubt the Aussies are number 1 at this very moment , but South Africa should still be number 1 for what they have achieved over the last few years. But agree with what other people have been saying that there is not much in the rankings between 3rd to 6th. Looking forward to Australia v Pakistan and Sri Lanka v SA as that should be the top 4 teams at the moment going head to head!

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