Pakistan rocket up Test rankings to third


Pakistan have jumped three places to third in the ICC Test Championship rankings following a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Pakistan had entered the series in sixth position on 97 points, one ahead of Sri Lanka. The 2-1 series win earned them four ratings points and because the middle of the table is so tightly-packed, a leap of three places.

Pakistan now trail second-ranked Australia by 10 points and lead fourth-ranked New Zealand by two points. Sri Lanka, in contrast, dropped four points and slipped to 92 points, while retaining their seventh position overall.

South Africa still lead the standing by a hefty margin, on 130 points, while the Aussies are on 111 points.

The Ashes begin on Wednesday and England will not only be aiming to reclaim the urn but also improve their ranking. England are currently sitting in sixth position and a series win by 3-0 or better will move them to as high as second.