Pakistan retain No. 3 position in Test Cricket: Following their series-levelling 10-wicket win against England at The Oval on Sunday (August 14), Pakistan have retained their third position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for teams.
At the conclusion of the series, which yielded a 2-2 finish, Pakistan and England have maintained their pre-series points of 111 and 108 respectively, with the hosts holding on to the fourth spot in the rankings table.
Pakistan has remained in third position on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings but could rise to number-one depending on how the Colombo Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, and the fourth Test between the West Indies and India in Port of Spain pan out.
Following a 2-all series draw, both Pakistan and England have maintained their pre-series points of 111 and 108, respectively. However, if Sri Lanka beats Australia by 2-0 or better, then Australia will slip behind Pakistan, which would move to second.
Pakistan have catapulted from sixth place to third in the ICC Test rankings after centuries from Younis Khan and Shan Masood in the Pallekele Test helped them wrap up the series against Sri Lanka 2-1 with a record chase.
Meanwhile, India and England are caught in the mid-table jam with 97 points each. England will break away and vault to second place if they win the Ashes by 3-0 or a better margin. South Africa top the table with 130 points.
The thing is that there was no loss or gain for both the sides in this series. Before the series both the teams were at the same position in the rankings which is 3rd for Pakistan and 4th for England.
Given all this, it is India who stands the best chance to go to the top spot. India will have to win their last Test against West Indies at Port of Spain which is to begin from August 18th. If India win the Test, they will regain the top ranking spot after conceding it to Australia following Australia’s 2-0 series win over New Zealand in February this year.