Calcutta: A draw in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes series that ended on Sunday helped England to move up one place to second on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings.
England won the series 3-0 and thereby gained four ratings points to finish with 116 ratings points. England overtook India, who are now in the third spot.
England entered the series in third position with 112 ratings points. However, after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, they needed either a draw or a win to move ahead of India into second position.
A draw in the fifth and final Test resulted in England joining India on 116 ratings points. However, England are ranked above India when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
If Australia had recorded a consolation victory in the final Test, it would have stopped England from leapfrogging India; however, Australia would have still dropped down in the rankings.
Australia dropped four ratings points to drop below Pakistan into fifth place, on 101 ratings points.
Teams: 1. South Africa; 2. England; 3. India; 4. Pakistan; 5. Australia; 6. West Indies; 7. Sri Lanka; 8. New Zealand; 9. Bangladesh
Batsmen: 1. H. Amla (SA); 2. S. Chanderpaul (WI); 3. AB de Villiers (SA); 4. K. Sangakkara (SL); 5. M. Clarke (Aus); 6. C.Pujara (Ind); 7. J. Kallis (SA); 8. I. Bell (Eng); 8. Y. Khan (Pak); 10. A. Cook (Eng)
Bowlers: 1. D. Steyn (SA); 2. V. Philander (SA); 3. R. Herath (SL); 4. S. Ajmal (Pak); 6. G. Swann (Eng); 6. P. Siddle (Aus); 8. R. Ashwin (Ind); 9. J. Anderson; 10. S. Broad (Eng).