Sri Lanka v West Indies, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 5th day December 5, 2010

Sri Lanka drop to fifth in Test rankings

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Sri Lanka have dropped two places to fifth spot in the ICC Test rankings following their stalemate in the rain-marred Test series against West Indies. England and Australia moved ahead of Sri Lanka who now have 109 rating points. India and South Africa remained at the top of the table with 129 and 116 points each.

West Indies dominated the first Test in Galle, where Chris Gayle's triple-century helped them enforce the follow-on against the more-fancied home side. Rain dominated the second and third Tests, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and the new ground in Pallekele respectively. West Indies gained as a result of the nil-all scoreline, and were three points behind Pakistan who stayed in the sixth place with 88.

Even if England win the Ashes 4-0, the best result they can hope for in the five-match series following the drawn opening Test, they can't be assured of going past South Africa to the second spot in the table. If South Africa win at least one Test in their upcoming three-match home series against India, they will stay ahead of England irrespective of how the Ashes pans out. A 3-0 verdict in South Africa's favour will bring them level with India on 123 points, and the deadlock will be broken by the trailing decimals.

ICC Test rankings
S.No. Team Rating points
1 India 129
2 South Africa 116
3 England 112
4 Australia 110
5 Sri Lanka 109
6 Pakistan 88
7 West Indies 85
8 New Zealand 80
9 Bangladesh 7

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  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari: I don't know when Sachin made 30,000 international hundreds. He has made more than 30,000 international runs. True, he started his carrier earlier and his record is very good in all countries other than in Pakistan,South Africa and Australia . Next, Bradman. Unfortunately he passed away after 7 months of Sanga's test debut. So, Bradman did not get an opportunity to evaluate Sanga. Finally, no one can justify Sachin's poor record in Pakistan and South Africa. In Australia Sachin's average is 19.50 in his first tour. His average is 38.31 in his first 11 matches. Playing a longer time & more experience has befitted him to improve his test average in Australia later in his carrier.There are several other players who have done better than Sachin in Pakistan, South Africa & Australia.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 12, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover: Right, So according to you Indians, WI, SA, ENG etc. designed pitches to help Murali when he toured so he can beat the home team is it? Your point makes no sense whatsoever. Murali was named the greatest bowler ever by Wisden - bible of cricket. He was called the Bradman of bowling by Aussies' own Steve Waugh. He is the highest wicket taker in both tests and ODIs. What more do you want? @NoCountry_for_OldMan : Check Sanga's overseas record first and then comment. Sanga's average in Australia is better than Ponting's in his own country. Warne was decimated by India everytime he toured there.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 12, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    @lakmalPhysics Sachin as an 18 year old scored centuries in Australia on lightening fast WACA and followed it up by scoring one more in Shane Warne debut test. So as an 18 year old he scored one more centuries in Australia than Sangkara has managed even till date. An average of 58 against the best side in world against whom others consider even 40 as a mark of greatness does it for me and for countless genuine cricket lovers.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 12, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    and dont forget Murali got many cheap wickets against minnows...

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 12, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @Lakmal: 30,000 international hundreds at about average of 50 tells its own story. Especially if Don Bradman admires you. It does not need any confirmation from you or me if Don selects him in his best 11 :) rest is just neighbors envy thing..or data cherry picking..

  • CandidIndian on December 12, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Srilanka will get a chance to move up in series against England in May .Hope they do well there ,best wishes to our(Indians) old friends Srilanka.Bad luck for them that WI got away due to rain but SL have talent and temperament to regain their position.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover: What do you mean, Murali did everything with the help of designer pitches. So, curators of all other countries really needed to help Murali to get wickets and prepared wickets for Murali?. And all other countries prepared pitches against Warne? That means, they prepared pitches to support fast bowlers like Macgrath, Lee and Gillespi? What a joke man?. Don't comment something that you can not back up. Keep your bla, bla, bla with you.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Correction: In Pakistan, Sachin's ODI average is 36.92. It's Sanga's 57.42

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 12, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    @Lakmal: that may be true but warne did it aesthetically and without the help of designer pitches, hence he was a greater bowler. Murali was good but there was a doubt with Warne it was pure delight od legspin bowling.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan: I'm going to prove you that SACHIN is the best flat track bully. Check his following records. His ODI record; average in Australia is 34.33, in South Africa 26.10 and in Pakistan 36.92.This is his test record; in Pakistan average is 40.25 in 10 matches. In South Africa, average is 39.76 in 12 matches. In Australia, average is 58.53. But the most interesting thing is Sachin's average is 38.31 in his first 11 matches in Australia. Playing a longer time & more experience has befitted him to improve his test average later in his carrier. See man, who is the flat track bully?

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari: I don't know when Sachin made 30,000 international hundreds. He has made more than 30,000 international runs. True, he started his carrier earlier and his record is very good in all countries other than in Pakistan,South Africa and Australia . Next, Bradman. Unfortunately he passed away after 7 months of Sanga's test debut. So, Bradman did not get an opportunity to evaluate Sanga. Finally, no one can justify Sachin's poor record in Pakistan and South Africa. In Australia Sachin's average is 19.50 in his first tour. His average is 38.31 in his first 11 matches. Playing a longer time & more experience has befitted him to improve his test average in Australia later in his carrier.There are several other players who have done better than Sachin in Pakistan, South Africa & Australia.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 12, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover: Right, So according to you Indians, WI, SA, ENG etc. designed pitches to help Murali when he toured so he can beat the home team is it? Your point makes no sense whatsoever. Murali was named the greatest bowler ever by Wisden - bible of cricket. He was called the Bradman of bowling by Aussies' own Steve Waugh. He is the highest wicket taker in both tests and ODIs. What more do you want? @NoCountry_for_OldMan : Check Sanga's overseas record first and then comment. Sanga's average in Australia is better than Ponting's in his own country. Warne was decimated by India everytime he toured there.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 12, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    @lakmalPhysics Sachin as an 18 year old scored centuries in Australia on lightening fast WACA and followed it up by scoring one more in Shane Warne debut test. So as an 18 year old he scored one more centuries in Australia than Sangkara has managed even till date. An average of 58 against the best side in world against whom others consider even 40 as a mark of greatness does it for me and for countless genuine cricket lovers.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 12, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    and dont forget Murali got many cheap wickets against minnows...

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 12, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @Lakmal: 30,000 international hundreds at about average of 50 tells its own story. Especially if Don Bradman admires you. It does not need any confirmation from you or me if Don selects him in his best 11 :) rest is just neighbors envy thing..or data cherry picking..

  • CandidIndian on December 12, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Srilanka will get a chance to move up in series against England in May .Hope they do well there ,best wishes to our(Indians) old friends Srilanka.Bad luck for them that WI got away due to rain but SL have talent and temperament to regain their position.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover: What do you mean, Murali did everything with the help of designer pitches. So, curators of all other countries really needed to help Murali to get wickets and prepared wickets for Murali?. And all other countries prepared pitches against Warne? That means, they prepared pitches to support fast bowlers like Macgrath, Lee and Gillespi? What a joke man?. Don't comment something that you can not back up. Keep your bla, bla, bla with you.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Correction: In Pakistan, Sachin's ODI average is 36.92. It's Sanga's 57.42

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 12, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    @Lakmal: that may be true but warne did it aesthetically and without the help of designer pitches, hence he was a greater bowler. Murali was good but there was a doubt with Warne it was pure delight od legspin bowling.

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan: I'm going to prove you that SACHIN is the best flat track bully. Check his following records. His ODI record; average in Australia is 34.33, in South Africa 26.10 and in Pakistan 36.92.This is his test record; in Pakistan average is 40.25 in 10 matches. In South Africa, average is 39.76 in 12 matches. In Australia, average is 58.53. But the most interesting thing is Sachin's average is 38.31 in his first 11 matches in Australia. Playing a longer time & more experience has befitted him to improve his test average later in his carrier. See man, who is the flat track bully?

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    @Hema_Adhikari:Well, If you think Sachin is the better guy, it's up to you. I would like to know your comments about Sachin's overseas record in following countries. This is his test record; in Pakistan average is 40.25 in 10 matches. In South Africa, average is 39.76 in 12 matches. In Australia, average is 58.53. But the inteersting thing is his average is 19.50 in his first tour of Australia. Most interesting thing is Sachin's average is 38.31 in his first 11 matches in Australia. Playing a longer time & more experience has befitted him to improve his test average in Australia. Then about his ODI record;. In Australia, Sachin's average is 34.33 and Striking rate is 71.17. In South Africa, average is 26.10. Striking rate is 66.49. In Pakistan, average is 57.42 and 36.92. Please, compare Sanga's record in Pakistan, SA & Australia & try to justify your comments..

  • LakmalPhysics on December 12, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    @NoCountry_for_OldMan:Same theory is applicable for Warne also. See Warne's & Murali's test record. Still, Murali is the better guy.Against India, Murali's average is 32.61 and Warne's average is 47.18. Against West Indies, Murali's average is 19.62 and warne's average is 29.95. Against South Africa, Murali's 22.22 and Warne's 24.16. Against England, Murali's 20.06 and Warne's 23.25. Against New Zealand, Murali's 21.53 and Warne's 24.37. Warne is better than Murali only against Pakistan which is Murali's 25.46 and Warne's 20.17.

  • NoCountry_for_OldMan on December 11, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Sangkara and other SL batsman are flat track bullies and the hardly ever score outside subcontinent. None of them can be a serious contender for the worlds best title. Even Muralidharan was never considered the worlds best because of the same reason; a failure to perform outside their comfort zone. Murali was taken to the cleaner in Australia and in India.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 11, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker: "If bowler like Harbajan can score back to back hundreds.Then what to say about IND fitches.Where as in SL your IND team is all out 88" Well said mate. SRT can only bat in dead Indian pitches and chokes outside the sub. Let's see how he performs in SA. Sanga has an amazing record in AUS, PAK, NZ etc. where people say it's difficult to score. That shows his caliber. But SRT hits 200s in India aka flat pitch heaven and gets out cheaply outside the sub. Sanga is a match winner who turns the tables and Sachin is not. I'd rather have a match winner than an overrated player.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 10, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I think Sangkara is a very capable batsman; one of the best SL has produced. But to compare him to Sachin is laughable. Not even close.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 9, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket post Murali retirement is in dire strait. They don't have any decent bowler who can take 4-5 wickets per innings consistently and the wickets are so flat that SL batsman really struggle abroad and will continue to do so in the near future. The position 5 and below, I fear, is here to stay.

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 9, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    From a neutral point of view one can safely say that only SL compares Sangkara to Sachin, for the rest debate is simple. Sachin is a geniuses, arguably the greatest of them all. Sangakara is a good batsman.

  • on December 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @Sachin7 . You said Sanga & harsh_vardhans_mom is dog.If both them are dog then Who u are?...You ara Mad dog i think?..... (dai etchakala naaye ) from this I understood where are from you are TN Dog?....Isn't it ?.....Sanga is modern great not like you SRT.Just 4 is WC final Average of your SRT. But Sangakkara's Avg is 54 in WC finals. Your So called IND are flat track bullies, Even low NZ batsman & Harbajan scored lot of Hundreds in resent time.If bowler like Harbajan can score back to back hundreds.Then what to say about IND fitches.Where as in SL your IND team is all out 88.See the differances of pitches.

  • sadSajith on December 9, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover you are correct.Outside subcontinent-{India-( matches-165 ,won- 23 , lost-76,W/L-0.30 )///// Sri Lanka-( matches-54, won-8, lost-28 , W/L-0.28 )}////.India is just better than Sri Lanka outside subcontinent.But check this-- outside subcontinent-Pakistan-( matches-145 , won-34 , lost-64, W/L-0.53 ). Pakistan better than both India and Sri Lanka.Indian fans, there is something you must know if you pointing finger at some one there is four fingers pointing at you.

  • Sachin7 on December 9, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @harshavardhan_2002_mom dai etchakala naaye dont make a fool of yourself by comparing big mouthed flat track bully sangakarra with Sachin. By the way if you know something about Cricket then dont make or post such foolish comments. let see whether Sangakkara dog can become equal atleast to the likes of Strauss, KP, Ganguly, Gayle, Smith. After that still there are many modern day greats like Kallis, Ponting, Dravid, Waugh. And after these greats only he can come anywhere near Lara, Sachin and Richards and all

  • Lion_of_Lanka on December 9, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover: Sanga doesn't have a good overseas record? hahahaha Check it out it's better than overrated Sachin's

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 9, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    "SL does have marginally overall record but India has been playing test since 1930s plus it is not overall record but inability to win abroad that plagues SL cricket. A team that has never won in Australia, South Africa and India (even a single test) has a gaping hole to fill in the resume. That inability to win anything abroad is also reflected in 5th place ranking. SL does have a strong record at home but Murali factor and flat tracks has contributed to that significantly." I can not agree with Gulshan any more; to be a top team one has to perform outside subcontinent.

  • ramzi1985 on December 8, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    @Martin_Hooks Underachivers ha??? check the records of the SL team and come back, what is your basis of comparison?? and to play in India for home matches? that's the biggest joke of the history, who wants to play in paved roads for christsake:P Gulshan_Grover Personally I believe Sanga plays much better outside the subcontitnet than in SL and his averages backs him up as well

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 8, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    To be taken seriously SL has to produce batsman who are not flat tracks bullies as they do have good bowlers already. But they never have enough runs on the board on foreign pitches where the like of Mahela, Dilshan and even Sanga often don't perform like they do at home on really flat pitches such as SSC...(curator should be fired for creating such designer pitches)

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 8, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    SL does have marginally overall record but India has been playing test since 1930s plus it is not overall record but inability to win abroad that plagues SL cricket. A team that has never won in Australia, South Africa and India (even a single test) has a gaping hole to fill in the resume. That inability to win anything abroad is also reflected in 5th place ranking. SL does have a strong record at home but Murali factor and flat tracks has contributed to that significantly.

  • sadSajith on December 8, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Test-{ India-(played-445,won-108,lost-138,W/L-0.78 )///Sri Lanka-(played-198,won-61,lost-70,W/L-0.87) }///////. W/L means (matches won)รท(matches lost).Both teams do not have good W/L factor. W/L-(Aus-1.78,Eng-1.22,Pak-1.07,SA-1.00,SL-0.87,IND-0.78).Sri Lanka slightly better than India but still not good enough to be the best(at least 1.00 needed ).In ODis India have better W/L factor.Ind-1.05,SL-0.96.

  • KAIRAVA on December 7, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    To all SL fans - Over the past decade (from 2001-2010), the best touring test team to India has been SA who won 2, lost 3 and drew 2 test matches. Australia re next best having won 3, losing 7 and drawing 3 tests.Pakistan are the third best having won 1 test, losing 2 and drawing 3 matches in the said period. England are a close fourth who won 1 test, lost 3 tests and drew 4 matches. Just like Sri Lankans, the Kiwis, despite having never won a test in India in the current decade, have performed better than the Lankans . NZ played 5 tests, losing only 1 and manged to draw 4 matches. On the other hand Sri Lankans, inspite of playing in familiar sub-continental conditions, won 0, lost 4 matches and managed to draw 2 tests matches. So, SL really deserves the 5 place rankings and has got tough competition from Pak and NZ. If the ICC goes ahead with its Test World Championship from 2012 and if the rankings remain the same, division one will have Ind, SA, Eng, Aus contesting for the top spot

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 7, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Due to Global Warming and other changes in the weather patterns, this beautiful island would not be able to hold many matches on its shores in the coming decade. I predict that in next decade they will have to mainly play in India as someone rightly pointed out. Hence a war of words with India and Indian fans would be counter productive. Sri Lankans should accept the fact that Indian cricket is in much more stronger shape and apart from a brief spark in 1996 SL cricket has consistently underachieved. One should not bite the hand that feeds. BCCI has been supporting SL from the beginning and if not for them cricket in SL would not have ever prospered.

  • Vijay_P_S on December 6, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Slap on the face of the admistration for not paying mind to the weather!

  • LSmith on December 6, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    WI turn out to be better team than SL.

  • on December 6, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    @visualdp- u seem 2 forget that it doesnt matter how average the bowling attack is as long as it gets u 20 wickets in a match.n d winning record will get u d points not the bowling attack.otherwise pakistan wud b d no1 team with the bowlers they got! n even the amount of cricket played in the series WI looked much btr as a unit than lanka which was very disappointing to say the least.

  • RohithMedisetty on December 6, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    @pakwellwisher When was the last time you saw Srilanka winning a test series outside sub continent. England in subcontinent is far better than Srilanka outside sub continent. Infact Srilanka never won a test match (not even series) in India atleast England gave India a scare last time and if I'm not wrong India won both tests by an innings against srilanka

  • asadkum on December 6, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................... Don't cry my SL friends !!!! Rain gods have saved you guys in Galle !!!!!!! To improve your ranking - you have still chance in 2011 with ENG .......?????

  • 114_in_final_Six_overs on December 6, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket post Murali retirement is in dire strait. They don't have any decent bowler who can take 4-5 wickets per innings consistently and the wickets are so flat that SL batsman really struggle abroad and will continue to do so in the near future. The position 5 and below, I fear, is here to stay.

  • on December 6, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    @Dhoni_s_champs and @jupiterlaw -Why you only talking about Galle match?.Then what about at Premadasa ?...If not that Gayle's Innings at Galle, Even you can't write anything my friend. @Jarr30. At Galle Rain save SL but what about at Premadasa?Why you are not talking about that ?..After playing 78Years merely winning One match in SA does not make no1. But SL played only 28 years.How SL win with such a short time in all the places.But if SL get matches constantly on those places SL will win for sure.

  • Philip_Gnana on December 6, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    Rankings may not tell the whole story. But they are still statistics based. We need to accept it although we may not totally agree with the system (especially if it does not go your way). They are still an indication and points in the correct decisions. We need to just get on with it. Lets not dwell on the past - Murali, Sanath & Vaas are history. Look forward and take the rough with the smooth. The UDR System needs to be enforced and not be an option. The Batsmen usually get away more oft than not and why should they? India always seemed be getting a better deal with their home advantage and that is reason why they oppose the UDRS. The big guns have their clout and they are using it. The ICC needs to be forward thinking and enforce it via majority decision. Sanga - be more diplomatic please before games. SLC made the wrong decisions in their scheduling and their venues/pitches. Thus losing the home advantage - pitches wise. This series became a level playing field. Philip Gnana,Surrey

  • Bijeshkumar on December 6, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    I dnt why people are still staying tat Indian bowling attack is very average...!! with this attack, we defeated AUS 2-0, NZ 1-0..!!! Mr. visualdp, u pls dnt forget tat Zaheer is best leftarm fast bowler in world and Bhaji is also a worldclass spinner... Then hw dare u say tat indian attack is below average...why famous AUS attack unable to take 20 wicket where the below average IND attack did in both tests. And it will very help if you kind enough to say that which is the best current bowling attack nw...

  • vichan on December 6, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    @ pakwellwisher "England ALWAYS fail on sub continent pitches be it India,Sri Lanka or Pakistan. Sri Lanka is a much better team than England": You've got to be joking, right? I think it's a fair argument that Sri Lanka also fails on the subcontinent outside it's own home grounds. The last time they won in India or Pakistan was in the last century. However, unlike England, they struggle outside the subcontinent as well. Whereas England have a respectable recent record away from home e.g. drawing in South Africa and now thrashing Australia on their own pitches.

  • ashish514 on December 6, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    The disappointed sri lankan fans must understand that there was a little difference in the rating points between the teams ranked 2 to 5. So, there was a little margin of error for SL. And they erred in the 1st test. I believe SL would have bounced back after poor 1st match performance had it not rained, but they may well have lost the first match if it wasn't for rain. And from whatever we've seen in next two matches, i can say that WI might have given a good fight in the rest of the series too. Seeing the performance of WI in whatever time the play was on in the series, you cannot say that they were at the mercy of rain gods to save them. It can be said for SL though for the 1st test.

  • Waterboy_sixs on December 6, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I feel so funny about the commends of the non-Indian fans, why all these jokes around, is it because India is on the top?. I am damn sure that if it is not India, no commotion could have happened, Chill friends, the rankings is not everlasting.

  • svinodmenon on December 6, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Ranking system is joke......lol. Only SL's questions about the ranking system since they win bit more matches than earlier and are still finding it hard to be in top three. i tell you the reason. Consistent a word should be remembered before you guys speak about rankings. See what happened now, coz of rain you lost your rankings. A win with a high ranked team will give you more points so play consistently with Aus, SA. Playing only against Ind, Bang, Zim will never improve your rankings. A horrible series with Australia should have played test matches with at least 5 Odi. Its a dead rubber, even Aus took those matches seriously. Come out of your own world and join teams like NZ. Sl will find hard to beat NZ in NZ, of course this is true.

  • OmanBiek on December 6, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    come on guys...the ranking system is a lagging indicator it will never accurately reflect the current state of the game. furthermore we all know by now that the numbers are rarely an accurate reflection of the quality of the games played with respect to the surface and conditions. cheers!

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Good news for Australia. In spite of getting flogged at home by England, by holding grimly to a draw (and hopefully rain saves the 2nd test) Australia actually move up a spot on the rankings.

  • ramzi1985 on December 6, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    @asif_the_spotfixer How can they win outside the subcontinet when they haven't played any test match in the past 2 years outside the subcontitnet :P And all the people who reminds that rain saved SL from defeat in the 1st match forgets that the 2nd & 3rd matches SL had the advantage. Everybody expected WI to be blown over but without experienced bowlers it is not easy to take wickets. SL is in a rebuidling mode with regard to the bowlig department. It will certainly take some time for them to bounce back without Murali in the side

  • Fauzer on December 6, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    Dropping to No 5 isn't the end of the world for SL, if anything, it will motivate them to fight harder in future test matches to get them up the ladder. The are only 3 points off the No 3 England and 7 poins off SA at no 2. In fact, the difference between SL at No 5 and India at No1 is less than that of the difference between SL and Pak who are no 6 (20 and 21 respectively).

    All in all, no Sri Lankan fan need lose any sleep over this, minor blip, no biggie.

    -Fauzer.

  • pakwellwisher on December 6, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    I dont understand how england is ahead of sri lanka. England ALWAYS fail on sub continent pitches be it India,Sri Lanka or Pakistan. Sri Lanka is a much better team than England.

  • ashish514 on December 6, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    now let's see who plays better against England, the way they are playing in Aus, it will be tough for SL to get better of them in the Eng tour in May. The ashes and that series will decide whether SL can regain 3rd position. I would say it looks very tough for SL to climb more than one spot in 2011.

    Sanga sure has the excuse of rain(he always has something or the other) this time. But he and SL will have to prove their mettle in Eng come May2011.

    P.S.- Keep questioning the ranking system and it will take you lower down...lol

  • darkmon.SL on December 6, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    I see loads of Indian's actually enjoying what happened here.Dudes let me remind u few facts even SLC forgot.#1 this is rain season in SL and this year it rains like end of world.Check some news to see the flooding in SL.idk why SLC organized this tour in this time of the year.#2 Again if a full rain washed series can do this to a team that was in top 4 then rankings should be questioned(again not India's #1 position,just the whole bunch of ranking system).Come on check the highlights if you can't get how much it rained.3# Same gonna happen in ODI series(I hope not,but what the hell check the weather report :/ ) bcos it is raining like HELL.What the point of having a total rain washed up series in fan point of view?This is like ripping of the fans who paid for tickets and paid for cable channel.

  • visualdp on December 6, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    ICC Ranking system seems to be a complete joke. See the top # 1 is India (with very average bowling attack, we all know it cannot be even SRT know that well ) . # 2 SA, what on earth is going on. I believe the system should be revealed to the local for more clarification.

  • stormy16 on December 6, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Given the difference from 3rd to 5th is 3 points its hardly worth a debate specially after a rain hit series. I think the more pertinent issue is are SL good enough to hold or better their current 5th position. For this to be really tested they must play series' outside SL (or in SL) which doesnt seem to happen with any regularity. As some point out the retirement of Murali will have a huge impact on how effective SL are at getting 20 wickets - just see how Aus are struggling without Warne and Mcgrath.

  • Percy_Fender on December 6, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a good side in Tests at home. Their batting really comes good normally. But I feel they are pretty uncomfortable with top class pace like they had from Kemar Roach. They are not used to playing this kind of pace I suppose. Not many teams come up against that kind of pace on a regular basis. Even Ricky Ponting had said that Roach will be a handful anywhere.But their drop in the rankings should upset Sangakarra.

  • on December 6, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Rating methodology need to change a bit. It doesnt seem to differentiate between an innings victory and a victory by only a slim margin. Just like ODIs have NRR, there must be a mechanism to account for magnitude of victory.

  • Dhoni_s_champs on December 6, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    To all my Srilankan friends! please remember that rain gods saved you in Galle after following on. So instead of Crying, thank rain Gods. It is a reality check for Sri Lanka in the abscence of Murali and Vaas. Even at Galle, Murali would have made the difference! My observations are unless a stirke bowler comes through, better Sangarkara prepare himself for such results.

  • HatsforBats on December 6, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    How ridiculous! Decimal points deciding who is the #1 ranked team in world cricket. Time for a formal league/championship structure. Unfortunate for SL to move down but they didn't deserve #3 anyway.

  • Sageleaf on December 6, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Please do not blame the weather. It's the rainy season in Sri Lanka. This is not the first time it happened. Just go back few years and there was one more tour ruin in Sri Lanka due to bad weather and it was again in November. Most people who love cricket in Sri Lanka knew it's the rainy season and were wondering why or earth we have a tour in November. It's a shame that the so called Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka was not aware of the weather patterns in Sri Lanka.

  • pozx on December 6, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    And to even think that sanga questioned India's ranking. lol

  • on December 6, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    SL sucks .. what a waste of a test series ..why schedule matches in the rainy season ..

  • MinusZero on December 6, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    I doesn't seem right that they should drop in the rankings because of weather. The series should not be included in the rankings points. There wasnt even one completed innings in the last test. No Result should be brought into tests rather than just being a draw

  • on December 6, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    @Gulshan_Grover- IND is not defeated but sereis was Drawn with SL.Where are you living ?..In this world or some other places.Draw the series with IND then SL became No3,Again Draw with WIN then SL became No5.In case another Draw which SL involve then SL become No7 for sure.Totally rubbish isn't it?...That's why Sanga question this system.Further present SL team can beat anyteam anywhere. No Murali mean that is not end of SL cricket. If SRT retire then are IND is stop playing Cricket??....Further IND overseas performance are very poor. Indian pitches are Flat.Even Harbajan can score back to back Hundreds.See how it Flats. @Sai Prasad. With Murali or not what to do with rain?....Rain spoiled entire series.No one can do anything.You are correct Sanga has to question without loosing how SL become No3 to No5.You are abolutely correct.

  • KAIRAVA on December 6, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Bangladesh have a meagre 7 pts. Have they not defeated a higher ranked (having amuch higher 85 points) in West Indies clean sweeping them 2-0? Does that win guarantee Bangladesh atleast 25-30 points??!!

  • Praviya on December 6, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Well...I would say - there is NO WAY this current Indian side is superior to England,Australia or SA. This ranking system is totally rubbish.

  • KAIRAVA on December 6, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    India is the only test playing nation to have never hosted a test series against Bangladesh !!!!! Are we afraid of playing last ranked Bangladesh at our home? Maybe BCCI thinks that we might lose points if the series pans out to be a draw due to some dismal weather conditions !!!

  • Srinivasan_r20 on December 6, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Wish to see WI slowly climb up the ladder... Its a tough task but not impossible.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 6, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Any reasonable person would agree that this ranking of 5th place seems justified for SL. After all they have not won many matches abroad if you exclude Bangladesh. They perform better in ODIs but tests in foreign conditions really challenge them a lot. Without Murali it is set to get a lot harder at home too!

  • Fareen on December 5, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    That's sad...Sri lanka should be in the top 3 in all 3 formats of the game....They have a balanced side & they're my pick to be the winners of the 2011 WC.

  • kentspitfires on December 5, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Thats what Sri Lanka gets for producing such flat wickets.

  • jupiterlaw on December 5, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    A lot of the posters here are attributing Sri Lank's fall in the rankings to the weather. Although, admittedly, the weather played a part, let us not forget that at the start of the series they were expected to sweep West Indies aside rain or no rain. Instead, West Indies turned the tables by subjecting them to the rare humiliation at home of imposing the follow-on in the first test; mercifully, rain came to Sri Lanka's rescue; so the rain god really had SL back - certainly in the first test he/she did.

  • Jarr30 on December 5, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    Thank you RAIN..Sri lanka deserves to be at 5th position. Wonder how can a team which has never won a test match in India,SA & Australia be at No.2 position. Lankans should be lucky to survive the first test due to rain or they would have lost the series.

  • on December 5, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    SL is much better than South Africa surely, this ranking system is nonsense.

  • shamic on December 5, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Murali's void could never be filled,but with young blood thrown in hopefully something good could happen down the line.

    There is no doubt that India deserves to be at the number 1 spot and hopefully they to will need to find the young talent to fill the Boots of Tendulkar,Dravid and Luxman one day....very soon as the batting lineup is totally handled by these three experts of the game today,

  • ChrisKelly on December 5, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    One can just be happy for the West Indies...they fought long and hard. A big hand to Captain Darren Sammy and V.Captain Brendon Nash...Hopefully this move forward continues all the way back to #1 where we belong

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 5, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    good lesson for Srilankans they are really flat track bullies i think they havent won any test outside Subcontinent from past two years.... Pak are good atleast they beat eng and aussie outside and India being No.1 i just say they are playing acceptional good test cricket over a year or so....

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    wanted to see how SL plays in test without murali........ when is the test series for SL ...Sangakkar should question himself for their ranking in the same way he questioned india's ranking

  • emperoreresh on December 5, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    with a rain- marred series the worth of srilanka can't b measured.they are what they are.go ahead lanka keeping this out of ur mind

  • DeAmO on December 5, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Full credit to the lads sitting in nice comfy seats at "Sri Lanka Cricket"!! We Sri Lankans are so proud of you!!! And as for Sanga and the Team, I hope you can relieve your frustrations through good match-practice ahead of the world cup in more rain affected ODIs against a much improved West Indies with the help of Messrs. Duckworth and Lewis!!! Good Luck!

  • SnowSnake on December 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    If you are higly ranked team which plays a low rank team and do not win then according to ICC ranking you lose points. Even if you manage to win 1 out of 3 games, you lose points (as in case of India due to over 40 point difference in points between Ind. and NZ). So the result was to be expected. SL might end up #4 at the end of the Ashes. Aussies appear to be monopolizing #5 rank. Fastest way for India to lose #1 rank is to play any team below 89 points and lose series.

  • Gulshan_Grover on December 5, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka has fallen to the 5th spot! Very sad as they were thinking to become no. 1 not long ago, before India defeated them and send them to number 3. I think SriLankan pitches are very flat and without Murlidharan they will struggle to beat any decent team in the home matches and their away record is poor and has been poor for as long as I remember. So I think this slide in ranking may be permanent. Sometimes in the future, due to this kind of weather SL will have to consider India as a home venue to shield them from rain and economic ruin.

  • ramzi1985 on December 5, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    No worries the way things are going in the Ashes Aus will soon be back in 5th position ;)

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    i hope that india remain on 1 and new zealand comes on 2

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    ALL WE CAN SAY IS RAIN RUINED SRI LANKA'S RANKING...THANKS DAMN RAIN GODS...HAVE NEVER SEEN RAIN LIKE THIS IN MY WHOLE LIFE

  • vichan on December 5, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    A fair reflection of the standings, I would say - there is NO WAY this current Sri Lankan side is superior to England. Australia...well, that's another matter...

  • on December 5, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    you got to kidding me??? well then bangladesh should look to have a test series vs india in amazon. surely they can come up to the 5th position. Imagine a Venezuelan cricket team, they definitely should get test status coz the ll never drop below the 5th position...

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 5, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Doesn't matter. Rankings do not reveal anything. The parity between top teams is less. Hopefully sangakkara do not question this until the Test championship is implemented. Until then let India enjoy the num 1 Ranking. Hopefully my srilankan friends accept this (the same way accepted SL's second ranking in ODI's) cheers.

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    The latest rating factor: Weather!

  • Icyman on December 5, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Pretty unortunate for Sri Lanka. Also ,the series was not planned well. Without the rains we would have had a very different result altogether. Ratings do not really indicate how strong a nation really is. Another thing-how come Bangladesh are on 7 points ? To the best of my knowledge they have not won any Test recently.

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Cruel Mother Nature All the time Against Sri lanka, Remember 2007 World cup final, same thing happen, what to do.....

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    West Indians we're on the rise

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    The rankings don't make any sense? Right Sanga? :-)

  • elmo_leon on December 5, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Indians must be partying!

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    haha this clearly shows how rubbish is that this ranking system ..a team lost there points due to rain haha this is soo funny cricket..

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    it is a virtual championship scenario: india-sa playing for champion and runners-up place with aus-eng playing 3rd-4th place playoffs :)

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Once Upon Time, They Have Get 2nd Rank By Home Matches. But Now They Lose Their Ranking By Home Matches. This Is The Lesson For Each Team To Schedule Matches According To Weather Report.

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    V have heard abt white washes But this time itz a 3 - 0 rain wash and as a result of it Srilanka has slipped in the rankings.

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    The windies side seems to be on mend....best of luck

  • mits6 on December 5, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well, is it always rain this time in SL? or it is some unexpected one

  • Advance-Australia-Fair on December 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Well that figures - Australia muck around as England make 1 for 500 and move up in the rankings. Sri Lanka get wet sneakers...and go down the table. I never understood these things. A draw's a draw, right?

  • ravithecricbuff on December 5, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Thats bad..but a golden chance for India to increase the GAP... to truly establish itself as Numero Uno!!Go India GO!!

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  • ravithecricbuff on December 5, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Thats bad..but a golden chance for India to increase the GAP... to truly establish itself as Numero Uno!!Go India GO!!

  • Advance-Australia-Fair on December 5, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Well that figures - Australia muck around as England make 1 for 500 and move up in the rankings. Sri Lanka get wet sneakers...and go down the table. I never understood these things. A draw's a draw, right?

  • mits6 on December 5, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Well, is it always rain this time in SL? or it is some unexpected one

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    The windies side seems to be on mend....best of luck

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    V have heard abt white washes But this time itz a 3 - 0 rain wash and as a result of it Srilanka has slipped in the rankings.

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Once Upon Time, They Have Get 2nd Rank By Home Matches. But Now They Lose Their Ranking By Home Matches. This Is The Lesson For Each Team To Schedule Matches According To Weather Report.

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    it is a virtual championship scenario: india-sa playing for champion and runners-up place with aus-eng playing 3rd-4th place playoffs :)

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    haha this clearly shows how rubbish is that this ranking system ..a team lost there points due to rain haha this is soo funny cricket..

  • elmo_leon on December 5, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Indians must be partying!

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    The rankings don't make any sense? Right Sanga? :-)