ICC news June 25, 2014

England tumble to fifth in Test rankings

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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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  • 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

  • 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!

  • HennopsRiverEnd on June 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

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

  • 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 !!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on June 26, 2014, 19:16 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • HennopsRiverEnd on June 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT

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

  • 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 !!!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on June 26, 2014, 19:16 GMT

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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • StevieS on June 26, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I thought the ranking system would have changed so Australia, England and India always remain in the top 3 no matter what! I am sure like always the BCCI will get their way and make it so that India can never lose top spot.

  • shane-oh on June 26, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @Humdingers - you seem rather confused and you also contradict yourself.

    Firstly you claim NZ lost in WI. Correction: they are in the middle of a series, and have so far lost one and won one with one to come. This also conveniently ignores the fact that NZs previous two series involved dishing out a series hiding the WI and pummeling India into the dirt.

    You then claim the WI have won nothing recently. This directly and blatantly contradicts your own point about NZ.

    You then ask when did SL last win a series anywhere. The answer is yesterday.

    Do you follow cricket?

    People need to get over the fact that the rankings reflect performances and aren't designed to make their favourite player/team look good (for now). Take wickets/score runs = climb rankings. Win test series/matches = climb rankings. Win series by bigger margins = climb rankings quicker. It's really very simple.

  • on June 26, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    @ Jim. Carter You should never doubt the talent and brilliance of Pakistan cricket that they can be 3rd without having a home series for many years and ahead of the Big 2(Ind and Eng). In addition, they have banned fast bowlers that would make minced meat of this current Eng side. If you want some numbers, then heres a few to keep u interested. Pak have drawn successive home series against recent no. 1 side SA and also whitewashed Eng 3-0 when they were no. 1 side. In addition, they beat NZ away which India couldnt do. . We have been fairly even with Sri Lanka but even they couldnt beat us in UAE like they did with Eng now.Also dont be surprised if Pakistans spin attack takes care of NZ and Aus later this year in UAE and further confirms their no. 3 ranking.

    Next year when Amir is back and Irfan is fit, all I say is good luck to India and Eng if they can find a window to play us

  • Humdingers on June 26, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @Lion_Wallaby and @Johnathon Josephs - you blokes clearly have no clue. Go back before the 0-8 and factor in the 4-0 thrashing of Aus and you can see why India are ranked where they are. Who in your opinion should be higher? NZ (losing in WI); WI (haven't won anything recently); SL (when was their last series win anywhere); Pak (have they even played cricket recently)? Deservedly Aus and SA sit on top. Everyone else is fair game where they are. After the ENG v IND and SL v SA series, it should even out and become more accurate.

  • siponus2007 on June 26, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    this is cant be a true ICC ranking , if all this 10 test team want to be judge by their performance than all 10 test team need to play equal match otherwise its just doesn't seems to be right or fare to the bottom ranks team , how could some team play 10 test matches and other team played only 2 test matches only and but still they gonna be in same ranking , its lyk team that playing 10 test matches they will never go under the team who playing only 2 test matches

  • CricSriLanka on June 26, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @ ITJOBSUCKS: I agree with you on the types of pitches this time around. However, ECB is worried about their batsman as even they are not that good against swing, seam movement and bounce for that matter. That cost them both games. If this is continued even IND will have a good chance of beating ENG. I heard the 1st test is in a very dry pitch...

  • Herath-UK on June 26, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Headingley pitch remained to its notoriety being unpredictable & uneven bounce & the fact remains that Sri Lanka batsmen handled the English bowlers pretty well which surprised them. They handled the short ball better than any.Sanga's handling of fast Plunkett was a treat so was Mathews just a few to name. On the other hand,Sri Lankan bowlers bounced out local lads, can you believe! Who would think in their wildest dream. It was a brute of a delivery,hostile & aggressive that plucked out the Anderson wicket, usually ,Aus SA stuff.Both times they got Prior bouncing him out,what hostile fast bowling,a treat. The show Prasad bowling did on the fourth fast & furious is English kind. Which chap says this pitch was flaccid, well true for English bowlers not for triumphant Lankans.Indians just will flop.

  • vkumar_086 on June 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    @ Kays789....If BD ranks within 10 in ODI's, within 8 in tests and within 10 in T20's then we will take the rankings seriously

  • on June 26, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS - Mate I watched every ball of the match. Jimmy was swinging it and also reverse swinging it in the matches. Lords was given with additional grass on it on the first day. Don't judge the test series by the last two days of the second test. It was a batting wicket during these two days. In lords it was overcast conditions mostly and batting was not easy as it seems. You will see when India tours or might not as it will be mid summer. Sanga didn't play batting friendly conditions, he scored four consecutive fifties inclusive of one hundred which says alot.

  • Realistic_cri_fan on June 26, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    How on earth is Pakistan sitting in third position??They might say that one's loss is one's gain but this shows how much the pointing system is flawed..just like the D-L method.ICC should look into it seriously.

  • Unbiased-views on June 26, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @Dyland Don Paul looks like you haven't watched cricket in ENG where the ball swings prodigiously which wasn't evident in the last 2 matches except for the first 2 days @ Leeds!!! Jimmy hardly swung the ball except for the first spell & later on it was pretty flat....looks like you haven't seen much of Jimmy's bowling in ENG!!!! As everyone saw, Lords was absolute belter(raod) & Leeds was more like SC pitch except for the first 2 days!!! Most of the English commentators like strauss,Nasser,Botham were surprised by the kind of pitches which were dished out to SL!!!

  • raj1223 on June 26, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    ranking formula should change little according to home or away. in current ranking system only consider the place of countries. but match place also add this method. as ex: (for SL) winning against ENG in England harder than wining against SA in SL.

  • on June 26, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS - Sanga has already scored a world record by scoring 7 consecutive test fifties in a row. Yes yes the pitches were flat seaming, swinging and had uneven bounce. If anyone watched the match they would realise. Anderson swung the ball so much I thought he was spinning it. lol. Anyways ABD was only at the top for a short time. You can check how long Sanga has been there. Check the stats bro Sanga is the best.

  • on June 26, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    @ITJOB itz not a sanga's fault.sri lanka need more tests from AUS,SA,ENG. . . but i don't know why their boards and icc doing this.

  • on June 26, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Sanga has done more than ABD during the past 2 years. It is absolutely clear. I love AB as a batsman and as a sportsman, and he is the best in ODIs (closely followed by Kholi). But he is no way near Sanga in tests, and he has not done anything to be standing on top of Sanga in the last 18 months.

  • Nuwas on June 26, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Those formulas , rankings & such twisted numbers were never in favour of SL , that's why people how really love Cricket & know those stats & such got no validity , do no care for such lame stats. People no longer believe in Stats nor ICC.

  • Unbiased-views on June 26, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    @bddhika_harindat As ABD has scored tons of runs against AUS unlike sanga who has scored loads of runs against BAN & struggling ENG side..so, he sits on top of the table!!!

  • sanathputha on June 26, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    vkias: India is NOT ahead of SL in ODI and T20 rankings. They got the same ranking points. Only alphabetically "I" comes before "S".

  • on June 26, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    How are Pakistan 3rd in the rankings!? I looked and they drew a series 1-1 against SL (ranked 6th) in January. Drew a series 1-1 against SA in November (including an innings defeat). In July they drew a series (1-1) against Zimbabwe. Before that they were beaten 3-0 by SA. That's in the past 18 months.

  • on June 26, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Pakistan 3rd in the rankings!? I looked and they drew a series 1-1 against SL (ranked 6th) in January. Drew a series 1-1 against SA in November (including an innings defeat). In July they drew a series 1-1 against Zimbabwe!! That's played 7, won 3, lost 3 and a draw in a year. How do they get to be #3?

  • Unbiased-views on June 26, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    @Johnathon Josephs Tell me how SL is placed 6th in spite of winning only 3/4 Test matches outside SC in the last 15yrs?? @bddhika_harindat ABD has scored BIG against AUS unlike sanga who has scored tons of runs against BAN & few more against struggling ENG on flat pitches(mentioned by your own Russel Arnold during commentary)!!!

  • drinks.break on June 26, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    @bddhika_harindat, the rankings here aren't calculated by espncricinfo. They are the ICC's own rankings according to their calculations. A quick internet search will give you numerous explanations of how the rankings are calculated.

    There are also a number of people who suggest alternative rankings based on different formulae.

    The main complaint with the ICC's rankings is that they give weight to performances from the last 3 years. A test team, for example, could consist of an almost totally different group of players across that time. Because of such a long time frame, teams can move up or down in the rankings without actually playing any cricket.

  • izzidole on June 26, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Since the beginning of the year Sri Lanka has done well to move up two places from 8th to 6th among the 10 test cricket nations beating Bangladesh and England in the world test rankings. While England who were in the top three until the ashes debacle is now ranked 5th and is expected to slide even further down the rankings after the series against India if they don't get their act together. The Englishmen are still in a state of shock after their ashes whitewash and this is a good time to defeat them in their own backyard. Sri Lanka no doubt exploited this situation to win the series for the first time in England.

  • on June 26, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    This ranking period takes into account performances of several years. Good performances now will result in good ranking in the future due to rolling nature if the ranking system.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 26, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    @Johnathon Josephs, You are spot on! They even lost back home but hard to understand the Ratings!

  • Scazza95 on June 26, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    @bddhika_harindat, AB managed to go 12 (may be off by a little) tests in a row with scoring a 50 in atleast one innings and that run was only recently broken by the Aussies in the 3rd test of the series

  • bobagorof on June 26, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    @Johnathon Josephs : because they play very well at home. Australia is ranked No.1 (though they weren't at the time) and they lost 4-0 against India in India. It will be interesting to see the result of the England-India series, which could see some movement from 5th and 4th respectively...

    @ bddhika_harindat : why should players be penalised in the rankings just because their country has no scheduled matches for a few months? As it is, Ajmal's points tally dropped through that SL series in the UAE (from 825 to now 787) but it's enough for him to hold 5th because of Southee's last match being a quiet one (Southee was ahead after the first match against WI but dropped back in the 2nd). Herath averaged 43.87 against England, which is hardly screaming to be ranked higher in the top 10. His own points tally has dropped from 811 at the beginning of the year to 739 now.

  • dunger.bob on June 26, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    #5 seems about right for England. I guess it's obvious, but they need to consolidate and avoid sliding any lower. We Aussies were ranked 5th about a year ago but rocketed up the charts in 2 series. It just goes to show that with a little effort big ground can be made in this day and age. On the flip side, it can be lost just as quickly.

    @Johnathon Josephs: The rankings don't care whether you play home or away. It's all the same to the system. All it cares about is whether you win, lose or draw.That's all. .. so, to answer your question, the reason India is where they are because they've won enough games at home to offset the away losses.

    @ bddhika_harindat: It's not his calculation system, it's the ICC's and it's workings are explained on their web site.

  • Starvybz on June 25, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    This anking system is to say the least "special"

  • heartbreakerz on June 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    bddhika_harindat......" Saeed Ajmal holds #5 spot with No test matches since Jan 2014 and he was hammered during SL series vs them in UAE" I agree that Ajmal didn't do well against SL in UAE but he wasn't really hammered & that was d 1st real bad series for Ajmal in d last 3 years, that's why he's still in d top 5 while Herath hasn't really done that well in Eng & in d last couple of series, so he has dropped in d rankings

  • Aisha_Malik on June 25, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Pakistan haven't lost a single test in the past 5 months so fully deserve their move up the rankings, keep up the good work.

  • Kays789 on June 25, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Does anyone really take these rankings seriously? Any ranking that has india at 4 in tests is just laughable.

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    SL is closely behind INDIA in ODI's and T20's (although India is ahead)....but i surprised its ranking in Tests....despite of playing more matches than India, still at 6th

  • on June 25, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Can somebody please tell me how India is still ranked #4? They have not won an overseas test since 2011 and have lost all except for 2. If you can only draw 2 matches in the last 4 years, why should you be ranked 4

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Well done SL. Great series win. Well lead by Mathews. Pakistan has been quite good in test matches. They will have a good series against Aus in UAE. Pakistan lacks razzaqs replacement in the side. I hope irfan gets fit against Aus series.

  • bddhika_harindat on June 25, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    In terms of Test Batsman ranking this is kind of weired. How come Kumar Sangakkara still being 2nd while AB De Villers being on top, without playing any matches in recent months. Sanga had scored back-to-back (50s and 100s) in his last 6-7 appearances since Jan 2014. So has AB done anything extra ordinary to to be on top of the table?

    Also, again it's again weired why Ranaga Herath is on 8th when he should've moved up. How come Saeed Ajmal holds #5 spot with No test matches since Jan 2014 and he was hammered during SL series vs them in UAE.

    Kindly explain your calculation formula. Thanks!

  • Lakpj on June 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    SL will play SA and Pakistan who are ranked above them at home within the next couple of months. Good performances there would further take them forward in the rankings.

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  • Lakpj on June 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    SL will play SA and Pakistan who are ranked above them at home within the next couple of months. Good performances there would further take them forward in the rankings.

  • bddhika_harindat on June 25, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    In terms of Test Batsman ranking this is kind of weired. How come Kumar Sangakkara still being 2nd while AB De Villers being on top, without playing any matches in recent months. Sanga had scored back-to-back (50s and 100s) in his last 6-7 appearances since Jan 2014. So has AB done anything extra ordinary to to be on top of the table?

    Also, again it's again weired why Ranaga Herath is on 8th when he should've moved up. How come Saeed Ajmal holds #5 spot with No test matches since Jan 2014 and he was hammered during SL series vs them in UAE.

    Kindly explain your calculation formula. Thanks!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 25, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Well done SL. Great series win. Well lead by Mathews. Pakistan has been quite good in test matches. They will have a good series against Aus in UAE. Pakistan lacks razzaqs replacement in the side. I hope irfan gets fit against Aus series.

  • on June 25, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Can somebody please tell me how India is still ranked #4? They have not won an overseas test since 2011 and have lost all except for 2. If you can only draw 2 matches in the last 4 years, why should you be ranked 4

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    SL is closely behind INDIA in ODI's and T20's (although India is ahead)....but i surprised its ranking in Tests....despite of playing more matches than India, still at 6th

  • Kays789 on June 25, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Does anyone really take these rankings seriously? Any ranking that has india at 4 in tests is just laughable.

  • Aisha_Malik on June 25, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Pakistan haven't lost a single test in the past 5 months so fully deserve their move up the rankings, keep up the good work.

  • heartbreakerz on June 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    bddhika_harindat......" Saeed Ajmal holds #5 spot with No test matches since Jan 2014 and he was hammered during SL series vs them in UAE" I agree that Ajmal didn't do well against SL in UAE but he wasn't really hammered & that was d 1st real bad series for Ajmal in d last 3 years, that's why he's still in d top 5 while Herath hasn't really done that well in Eng & in d last couple of series, so he has dropped in d rankings

  • Starvybz on June 25, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    This anking system is to say the least "special"

  • dunger.bob on June 26, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    #5 seems about right for England. I guess it's obvious, but they need to consolidate and avoid sliding any lower. We Aussies were ranked 5th about a year ago but rocketed up the charts in 2 series. It just goes to show that with a little effort big ground can be made in this day and age. On the flip side, it can be lost just as quickly.

    @Johnathon Josephs: The rankings don't care whether you play home or away. It's all the same to the system. All it cares about is whether you win, lose or draw.That's all. .. so, to answer your question, the reason India is where they are because they've won enough games at home to offset the away losses.

    @ bddhika_harindat: It's not his calculation system, it's the ICC's and it's workings are explained on their web site.