Pakistan cruises to number three in Test rankings

England has slipped one place to fourth in the ICC Test Team Rankings following its five wickets defeat in the Barbados Test, which has helped the West Indies to level the three-Test series at one-all.


England had entered the three-Test series in third place on 104 points, while West Indies had started off on eighth spot on 76 points.

But following Sunday’s result, Alastair Cook’s men have dropped behind Pakistan on fourth position, while West Indies, after gaining three points, has reduced gap with seventh-placed India to 14 points.

Pakistan, which faces Bangladesh in the second and final Test in Mirpur on Wednesday, must win to retain its latest Test ranking.

Should Pakistan succeed in doing so, Misbah-ul-Haq’s side will fall to 102 points but will be ranked above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Conversely, a Bangladesh win would see Pakistan drop behind England (102) and New Zealand (99) in fifth position on 96 points, while if the Test is drawn, then Pakistan will join New Zealand on 99 points but will be ranked above the Black Caps by a fraction of a point.

Meanwhile, the annual Test team rankings update like last week’s ODI and T20I tables will be carried out after the Mirpur Test.