ICC Test rankings December 4, 2005

Pakistan move to fourth in ICC Test rankings

Cricinfo staff

Following their fantastic 2-0 series win against England, Pakistan find themselves moving up three places to fourth place in the latest ICC Test rankings.

Pakistan were seventh in the ratings prior to the three-Test series, but are now behind only Australia, England and India. England remain in second place in the Test Championship table, but their rating has dropped six points to 113 because of the series loss. England now trail Australia by 15 points and are also just one point clear of third-placed India, who are currently playing Sri Lanka. If India win the three-Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0 or 2-1, they will edge England and move up to second place.

ICC Test rankings
Rank Team Points
1 Australia 128
2 England 113
3 India 112
4 Pakistan 103
5 South Africa 100
6 New Zealand 100
7 Sri Lanka 99
8 West Indies 73
9 Zimbabwe 27
10 Bangladesh 5

The three biggest stars in Pakistan's triumph - Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar - also jumped up the ICC player rankings. Inzamam was in terrific form in the Test series, scoring 431 runs and moving past the 8000-run mark in the process.

That form has lifted him to joint third place - alongside Ricky Ponting - in the ICC rankings for batsmen, behind only Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara.Yousuf's career-best 223 in Lahore took him up 11 places to the ninth spot, his highest ranking. For England, Marcus Trescothick, in eighth place, is the only batsman in the top ten. Kevin Pietersen slipped to 29th and Andrew Flintoff to 31st, but there was better news for Ian Bell, who moved up six places to 46 after a prolific series.

ICC rankings for batsmen
Rank Player Team Points
1 Jacques Kallis South Africa 894
2 Brian Lara West Indies 874
3 Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 870
4 Ricky Ponting Australia 870
5 Rahul Dravid India 851
Shoaib moved up three places to fourth in the bowlers' rankings after taking 17 wickets in the series. Andrew Flintoff slipped from the top of the allrounders' list, and also fell three places in the bowling table to seventh place. Matthew Hoggard (12th, down one) and Stephen Harmison (15th, down two) slipped a few notches as well.
ICC rankings for bowlers
Rank Player Team Points
1 Glenn McGrath Australia 882
2 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka 871
3 Shane Warne Australia 865
4 Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan 798
5 Shaun Pollock South Africa 787

For full details of the rankings, click here.