Pakistan slip to seventh position in latest ICC Test rankings

New Zealand consolidate their fourth position after the sensational series victory.

Pakistan team
Pakistan team. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

New Zealand and Pakistan have moved in opposite directions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings following the conclusion of their three-Test series in the United Arab Emirates, which the visitors won by 2-1.

New Zealand had started the series on 102 points, ahead of Australia by a fraction of a point, and have now moved to 105 points to consolidate their fourth position. New Zealand now trail third-ranked South Africa by one point. In contrast, Pakistan had entered in sixth place on 95 points, and have now dropped to the seventh position on 92 points, one behind Sri Lanka.

The MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings will next be updated at the conclusion of the two-Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. If New Zealand win 2-0, they will move to 109 points in the second position and Sri Lanka will drop to seventh position on 90 points.

However, if the series result is reversed and Sri Lanka win 2-0, then they will rise to 97 points while retaining sixth place and New Zealand will fall behind Australia in fifth position on 99 points. Wellington is the venue of the first Test from 15-19 December, while the second and final Test will be played in Christchurch from 26-30 December.

What about other teams?

Meanwhile, Team India has managed to hold on to their top position in the longest format with 116 points to their name. They are currently playing in Australia in the first of the four-match Test series and will be eager to strengthen their position by registering their maiden series win Down Under. England, after a historic series win in Sri Lanka, stay at the second place and are eight points adrift of India.

Australia, on the other hand, are at the fifth position with 102 points table and will gain a lot if they manage to trump the number 1 Test side.

Here are the latest Test Rankings:

Rank Team Points
1 India 116
2 England 108
3 South Africa 106
4 New Zealand 105
5 Australia 102
6 Sri Lanka 93
7 Pakistan 92
8 West Indies 70
9 Bangladesh 69
10 Zimbabwe 13
11 Afghanistan 0
12 Ireland 0

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