England move to second in rankings

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England have climbed to second position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, after their three-nil Ashes series win.

England have climbed to second position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, after their three-nil Ashes series win.

The English, however, remain 19 ratings points adrift of South Africa, who have held the position for over 12 months.

Australia have dropped to fifth spot – below Pakistan – in the wake of defeats at Trent Bridge, Lord's and Chester-le-Street.

England coach Andy Flower, meanwhile, has denied he is quitting – after managing director of cricket Hugh Morris resigned on Sunday.

"No there is not a chance of me leaving like Hugh. I don't look too far ahead with regards to my own personal situation," said Flower.

"We have got the challenge of an away Ashes coming up but at the moment we are reflecting on a job well done by the players. They should feel very proud of themselves and very satisfied.

"As England coach there is always another exciting challenge around the corner. For the Test players and myself, there is The Ashes."

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