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England move up to third place in ICC Test rankings after Ashes win

England's series victory over Australia in the Ashes saw them move up three spots to number three, under South Africa in first and Australia in second

England will play Pakistan in a three-match series in October

England’s Ashes victory over Australia has seen them move into third place in the ICC Test Team rankings, up three places from sixth. Alastair Cook’s side registered a convincing 3-2 victory in the historic and highly competitive series, allowing them to leapfrog Pakistan, New Zealand and India.

The England team’s next assignment is to play a three match test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates from October 13 to November 5. Their opponents are just one point behind them in fourth place with 101 points, and a victory in all three tests for either side would see them move ahead of Australia even if the Aussies win against Bangladesh in October.

Australia maintain their second spot in the rankings but have dropped five points since the previous rankings due to their recent results, which sees them 19 points behind first-placed South Africa and just four points ahead of third-placed England.

India and Sri Lanka, who are currently involved in a test match series, occupy sixth and seventh spots respectively with a difference of only 5 points separating the two teams. The table will be updated again after the conclusion of the series.

Country Matches Points
South Africa 24 3008
Australia 32 3376
England 36 3686
Pakistan 24 2419
New Zealand 29 2875
India 23 2242
Sri Lanka 25 2307
West Indies 26 2101
Bangladesh 22 1026
Zimbabwe 10 53

Steve Smith and Dale Steyn top bowling and batting rankings

Steve Smith regained his number one spot in the ICC Test batting rankings after his splendid hundred in Australia’s victory in the final test of the Ashes against England at the Oval. His 143 made sure that he would jump from third place to first in the latest rankings, relinquishing the top spot from Joe Root after it was taken from him in the previous fortnight. 

Smith endured a mixed series which saw him lose his top spot on two separate occasions - after his two scores of 33 in the first test in Cardiff, and after his low scores in the third and fourth tests of the series. AB de Villiers is in second place with 890 points, followed by Joe Root who has 889. Hashim Amla, Angelo Mathews, Younus Khan, Kumar Sangakkara, Kane Williamson, David Warner and Chris Rogers round off the remaining players in the top 10.

Player Country  Points
Steve Smith Australia 910
AB de Villiers South Africa 890
Joe Root England 889
Hashim Amla South Africa 881
Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka 867
Younus Khan Pakistan 829
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 827
Kane Williamson New Zealand 813
David Warner Australia 775
Chris Rogers Australia 761

In the test bowling rankings, Dale Steyn is on top with 905 points. He is followed by the in-form Stuart Broad in second place, and Trent Boult from New Zealand in third. James Anderson and Mitchell Johnson take fifth and sixth spot after impressing in the Ashes, while Ravichandran Ashwin moved up to eight spot after his man of the match performance in his side’s recent thrashing of Sri Lanka.

Player Country Points
Dale Steyn South Africa 905
Stuart Broad England 835
Trent Boult New Zealand 814
Yasir Shah Pakistan 810
James Anderson England 807
Mitchell Johnson Australia 773
Vernon Philander South Africa 770
Ravichandran Ashwin India 769
Rangana Herath Sri Lanka 748
Tim Southee New Zealand 713

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