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England cement 2nd spot

Calcutta: India might have lost the Test series 1-2, but they retained their No. 5 position in the latest rankings table, which was issued on Monday.

However, India dropped a ratings point to 105, and are now four points behind arch-rivals Pakistan.

England’s first Test series win in India since 1984-85 has helped them to reduce the gap with leaders South Africa to five ratings points.

England’s series victory has earned them one ratings point and they are now on 118.

The series win also means that Australia will not be able to move into the second position on the Test Championship Table.

If India had won in Nagpur, Australia could have leapfrogged England into second position by winning all three Tests against Sri Lanka.

Australia, who are currently positioned at No. 3 in the rankings, can now earn a maximum of three ratings points if they win all three of their Tests against Sri Lanka. A 3-0 series win will put Australia just one ratings points behind England at 117.

With only 18 points separating the top five sides, the race to the top will get exciting when South Africa play host to both New Zealand and Pakistan while Australia travel to India and England tours New Zealand.

A total of $3.8 million prize money will be given to the top-4 Test teams after the April 1 deadline next year. The ICC had approved a proposal earlier this year to substantially increase the incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket in the period leading up to the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.

Rankings

1. South Africa 123; 2. England 118; 3. Australia 114; 4. Pakistan 109; 5. India 105; 6. Sri Lanka 96; 7. West Indies 91; 8. New Zealand 79; 9. Bangladesh 0