BANGLORE - India have slipped to fifth in the latest ICC Test rankings which were announced after annual update on Saturday while England have extended their domination at the top. This is India's lowest ranking since July 2007 when they were in same position, fifth.
India's lowest ICC Test ranking is No. 8 from August 1999 to September 2000. After the annul update of team Test rankings by International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday, Australia have moved to second while South Africa are third followed by Pakistan.
ICC (@cricketicc) tweeted on Saturday evening, writing: "England extend lead as top Test team after annual Reliance ICC Rankings update." The rankings were later updated on ICC website.
"Latest table reflects all Test series completed since August 2009 with results from previous year having dropped off," ICC wrote on the micro blogging site. In another tweeted, ICC wrote: "Australia is now second, South Africa third, Pakistan (4th), India (5th) after annual update of Reliance ICC Test rankings."
In the rankings updated till July 12, 2012, India were placed fourth and Pakistan fifth. Now they have swapped places. Pakistan lost a three-Test series against Sri Lanka by 1-0 margin recently. Later this month, the top-ranked England will face third-placed South Africa in a three-Test series at home.
India were number one in Tests, under MS Dhoni, but lost the top ranking after losing 0-4 to England in their conditions in 2011. Later they lost to Australia by a same margin earlier this year.
Dhoni and his team lost eight successive overseas Tests and will now be seen in five-day format next month when New Zealand arrive in India.
ICC Test Championship
Team Matches Points Rating
England 32 3983 122
Australia 34 3952 116
South Africa 21 2364 113
Pakistan 29 3148 109
India 29 3004 104
Sri Lanka 29 2834 98
New Zealand 18 1568 87
West Indies 25 2098 84
Bangladesh 12 0 0