Pakistan was assured of the position after it won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead
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Pakistan has regained fourth position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table at the end of its two-match series against South Africa, which concluded in Dubai on Saturday.
Pakistan was assured of the position after it won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead.
However, Pakistan lost the second and final Test by an innings and 92 runs, and, as such, the series ended in a one-all draw.
The result, nevertheless, meant Pakistan gained five ratings points to leapfrog Australia and the West Indies into fourth position on 102 ratings points, while South Africa retained its number-one spot but dropped four ratings points.
South Africa had entered the series leading Pakistan by 38 ratings points. This gap meant Graeme Smith’s side was favourite to win the two-Test series. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, South Africa’s failure to win both the Tests has cost it four ratings points and, in contrast, has earned five ratings points for Misbah-ul-Haq’s side.
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The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017.
The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of any Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of any Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.
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