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South Africa stretches lead over Australia following annual Test update

Only three points now separate third-ranked New Zealand from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka

South Africa stretches lead over Australia following annual Test update - Cricket News
These calculations have resulted in South Africa’s previous lead of six points to increase by a further 16 points owing to Hashim Amla’s side gaining six points and Australia dropping 10 points.

South Africa has extended its advantage over Australia from six points to 22 points at the top of the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following the annual update with the results from 2011-12 now dropped from the calculations and outcomes from the 2013-14 series weighted at 50 per cent.

These calculations have resulted in South Africa’s previous lead of six points to increase by a further 16 points owing to Hashim Amla’s side gaining six points and Australia dropping 10 points.

The annual update has seen a reshuffle in the middle of the pack and now just three rankings points separate third-ranked New Zealand from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka. Prior to the annual update, the gap between the third and seventh ranked sides was seven points.

Fifth-ranked England and sixth-ranked Pakistan have slipped on the ladder after dropping five points apiece. This is due to England’s 4-0 win over India and Pakistan’s 3-0 clean sweep over England among other results in 2011-12 being dropped from the rankings calculations.

India has benefitted from the annual update as heavy defeats against England and Australia in 2011-12 no longer count. As such, India has gained four points and two places in the latest Test table.

Eighth-ranked West Indies has gained five ratings points to reduce the gap with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka from 17 points to 12 points. Bangladesh has collected six points and Zimbabwe has dropped 13 points as the difference between the two bottom-ranked sides have increased to 34 points.

As fifth-ranked England will take on New Zealand in a two-Test series on 21 May and sixth-ranked Pakistan travels to Sri Lanka next month for a three-Test series, the series outcomes may well result in significant movements on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings.

Some of the key series results from 2011-12, which are no longer in calculations, include: England v India (Eng won 4-0), Australia v Sri Lanka (Aus won 1-0), Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Pak won 1-0), South Africa v Australia (1-all draw), India v West Indies (Ind won 2-0), Australia v New Zealand (1-all draw), Australia v India (Aus won 4-0), Pakistan v England (Pak won 3-0), Sri Lanka v England (1-all draw), West Indies v Australia (Aus won 2-0) and England v West Indies (Eng won 2-0).

Some of the key series results from 2013-14, which are now weighted at 50 per cent, include: England v New Zealand (Eng won 2-0), England v Australia (Eng won 3-0), Pakistan v South Africa (1-all), New Zealand v West Indies (NZ won 2-0), India v West Indies (Ind won 2-0), South Africa v India (SA won 1-0), Australia v England (Aus won 5-0) and South Africa v Australia (Aus won 2-1).

The Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings predictor function is available here. The Test rankings table, unlike the ODI & T20I tables, is updated after the series.

RELIANCE ICC TEST RANKINGS (following annual update)

Rank*              Team               Points*

1 (-)                  South Africa     130 (+6)

2 (-)                  Australia           108 (-10)

3 (+2)               New Zealand    99 (0)

4 (+3)               India                 99 (+4)

5 (-1)                England            97 (-5)

6 (-3)                Pakistan            97 (-5)

7 (-1)                Sri Lanka          96 (0)

8 (-)                  West Indies      84 (+5)

9 (-)                  Bangladesh       39 (+6)

10 (-)                Zimbabwe        5 (-13)

* Figures in brackets denote changes in rankings and points post annual update

For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.

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