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India slip to No. 5 in Tests

Calcutta: India on Friday climbed up a position and regained the No. 1 ranking in Twenty20 Internationals after the annual update of the ICC T20 rankings, which was announced in Dubai, on Friday.

India have swapped places with the current World T20 champions, Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, India’s dismal performance in the season gone by pushed them down the ladder in the ICC Test rankings with the team finishing fifth in the annual updated list.

In the ODIs list, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men held on to the second spot.

Australia have gone atop the Test rankings. Australia last held the No. 1 Test ranking in August 2009, before they were displaced after losing 1-2 to England.

In Tests, India, who were thrashed during trips to South Africa and New Zealand in their most recent Test assignments, have slipped from third to fifth in the table after dropping 10 ratings points.

In the past 12 months, India have lost just one T20I against Sri Lanka in the recent World T20 final in Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka have lost four matches.

The 2013-2014 results are weighted at 100 per cent, whereas the results in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 are now weighted at 50 per cent.

Therefore, Sri Lanka’s strong performances in those two earlier years now count for less.

In another major move in the table, the West Indies have slipped two places to be at seventh position.

This drop has helped Australia and New Zealand go up by one place each to be at fifth and sixth spots, respectively.

Rankings

Tests: 1. Australia; 2. South Africa; 3. England; 4. Pakistan; 5. India; 6. New Zealand; 7. Sri Lanka; 8. West Indies; 9. Zimbabwe; 10. Bangladesh

ODIs: 1. Australia; 2. India; 3. Sri Lanka; 4. England; 5. South Africa; 6. Pakistan; 7. New Zealand; 8. West Indies; 9. Bangladesh; 10. Zimbabwe

T20Is: 1. India; 2. Sri Lanka; 3. Pakistan; 4. South Africa; 5. Australia; 6. New Zealand; 7. West Indies; 8. England; 9. Ireland; 10. Bangladesh