England, India move up


London, April 16:

England have moved up to third place in the ICC’s Test Championship table after their 3-0 win in the Carribean while India’s 2-1 series win in Pakistan has lifted them to fourth place, the highest they have ever been in the ratings. The result meant England jumped ahead of India by a single point, while West Indies stayed stagnant in eighth position. With Pakistan losing the third Test, and hence the series, against India, England will be assured of their third spot at least until the end of their home series against New Zealand this summer.

India’s rating has risen from 100 to 102 as a result of the series victory in Pakistan. The result put India ahead of Pakistan for the first time since August 2003 with Pakistan dropping from 102 to 99.

Earlier this year, India’s rating improved from 95 to 100 due to a strong showing in the drawn series against Australia. India has never had a rating above 100 since the new system of calculation was introduced in July 2003 and has never been as high as fourth since the introduction of the system in May 2001. Prior to the current Test series, India also overtook Pakistan in the ICC one-day championship by virtue of a 3-2 win in the ODI series.