Aus­tralia lose top spot in ICC rank­ing af­ter Sri Lanka de­feat

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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.

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