Aug 19, 2013
England stand a good chance of leapfrogging India to number two position in the list. A draw or a win at the Oval will ensure that they move to number two position in the ICC Test rankings topped by South Africa.
Australia, on the other hand, face the embarrassment of dropping to fifth position, their lowest in the ICC Test Rankings since August 2011 irrespective of the result of the final Test match of the ongoing Ashes series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement, “If Australia manages to earn a consolation victory, then it will not only stop England from leapfrogging India but will also ensure that Australia doesn’t fall too far behind Pakistan.”
“If Australia wins the Test, then it will join Pakistan on 102 ratings points but will be ranked below the Asian side by a fraction of a point, while in case of a draw or loss it will finish on 100 ratings points — two behind Pakistan and just one ahead of sixth-ranked West Indies.”
According to the statement,”England entered the series in third position with 112 ratings points. However, after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, it is now just one Test away from moving ahead of India into second position.”
ICC Test Rankings table (as on 19 August)
Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 183 points and a rating of 23.