India Slip to 5th Spot in ICC Test Rankings, England on Top14-Jul-2012 17:49:00 GMT
Dubai: India have lost a position to slip to the fifth spot in the latest ICC Test Championship rankings table after the annual update took place on Saturday.
Pakistan, despite a 0-1 defeat in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, which finished on Thursday, have moved up to fourth position, pushing men in blue down to number five.
Meanwhile, England extended their lead as top Test team after gaining 122 ratings points, while Australia moved to the second place.
Although South Africa has fallen to third spot, they can still leapfrog into top position if they manage to win the three-match Test series against England, which begins at The Oval on July 19.
If South Africa win the series 1-0 or 2-1 it will be level on ratings points with England but when the rankings are calculated to a fraction of a decimal point then Graeme Smith's team will move on top.
A drawn series or a 1-0 win will mean England retain the number one position and if Andrew Strauss's side were to win 2-0 or 3-0 then South Africa would tumble to fourth spot.
Lower down the table, West Indies have fallen below New Zealand, who are now placed at seventh position.