India has slipped from third to fourth in the ICC Test rankings, despite winning a series in the West Indies for the first time in 35 years.
The ICCâ€™s system means that if a team fails to beat a side rated a long way below it by a wide margin â€” India only won 1-0 â€” it can lose ranking points. So India now slip to fourth, behind Australia, England and Pakistan.
Among players, West indies paceman Corey Collymore has surged seven places to joint 10th with Chaminda Vaas. India opener Virender Sehwag is on the slide, however, dropping three more places to be 13th among batsmen.
With 670 points, he is now well below his career high mark of 854 two years ago.
When the England v Pakistan Test series starts on July 13, the tourists will have three batsmen in the top 10, while England will have Kevin Pietersen at ninth and nobody else. But the hosts will have the edge among bowlers, with Matthew Hoggard fifth and no Pakistan bowler in the top 10. Shoaib Akhtar is seventh but missed out with injury.
ICC Test Championship standings: 1 Australia 131. 2 England 112. 3 Pakistan 109. 4 India 109. 5 South Africa 101. 6 Sri Lanka 97. 7 New Zealand 97. 8 West Indies 74. 9 Zimbabwe 27. 10 Bangladesh 3.
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