Oz top of Test rankings, Proteas drop to sixth


Australia have extended their lead at the top of the ICC Test rankings while South Africa have continued their alarming slide, dropping to a lowly sixth place.

The Aussies now have six-point lead over India in second place while Pakistan are a further point back in third ahead of England and New Zealand.

The annual Test rankings update has resulted in the Proteas dropping from third position to sixth after conceding 17 points.

This is due to South Africa's victories over England, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in 2012-13 all being dropped from the rankings calculations.

The annual update has also affected the West Indies, which has retained its eight position but has dropped from 76 points to 65 points.

This is because its victories over New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 2012-13 have all been dropped from calculations.

The gap between the West Indies and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points.

Rank  Team          Points

1   Australia           118

2   India                112

3   Pakistan           111

4   England          105

5   New Zealand     98

6   South Africa      92

7   Sri Lanka          88

8   West Indies       65

9   Bangladesh      57