Australia lose top spot in ICC ranking after Sri Lanka defeat
AUSTRALIA have conceded the number 1 Test ranking to India after losing all three Tests on their tour of Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli’s team - currently ahead of Pakistan by one point - must win the fourth Test against West Indies, beginning today in Trinidad, to retain their top ranking.
Australia slipped to No. 3 after the 163-run defeat at the SSC; they had begun the series with 118 points but finished the contest just ahead of England, who also have 108 points at No. 4, on the ICC’s rankings.
As a result of Australia being whitewashed 3-0, Pakistan have risen to No. 2, having drawn their four- Test tour of England 2-2. Should India fail to beat West Indies in Trinidad, Pakistan will become the No. 1 ranked Test side for the first time.
Sri Lanka’s performance led to them over-taking South Africa to move into sixth place with 95 points. They had begun the home series against Australia at No. 7 with 85 points.
Sri Lanka cricket national team celebrates victory over Australia