Published on January 7th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar0
Pakistan slips to fifth place in latest Test Team Ranking
A fourth consecutive whitewash since 1999 caused Pakistan to go down and South Africa and England to climb up in latest ranking.
Number one Test team in August 2016 for the first time and five months later, Pakistan are now on fifth sport in International Cricket Council (ICC) Test ranking released on Saturday.
Pakistan is just a point ahead of Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Their 220 runs defeat in Sydney Test and 3-0 whitewash by Australia has caused them to slip down in the rankings.
Misbah-ul-Haq and his team who gained top spot in August last year, when a Test match between India and West Indies washed out by rain. Pakistan who had 2-2 draw series in England last year July-August was tied with South Africa on 102 points. Now South Africa and England are on second position ahead of Pakistan.
Australia is now on second position with 109 points. They gained four points in this series. India with 120 points still tops the table with margin of 11 points ahead of second best Australia.
South Africa could go up to 107 points with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka in the current series between the two teams or to 105 points if they wins 2-0. Even if Sri Lanka wins the last Test in Johannesburg next week, the Proteas will gain two points to reach 104 points with a 2-1 series result.
ICC Test Team Ranking (as on 07 January, 2017)