‘New Zealand gains one ranking position as Pakistan drops to fourth in ICC Test ranking

KARACHI: Pakistan has dropped one place to fourth in the  latest ICC Test Ranking following their innings defeat against New Zealand in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates on Sunday while  New Zealand has gained one ranking point and now lies two points adrift of sixth place India.

Pakistan had entered the series in third position with 105 points on the  back of a series victory over Australia, and won the opening Test against New Zealand by 248 runs in Dubai.

However, a draw in Abu Dhabi in the second Test, followed by the Black  Caps’ victory by an innings and 80 runs on Sunday, meant that Pakistan has dropped to 103 ratings points and been replaced in third position by England, on 104 ratings points.

New Zealand’s first innings total of 690 was its highest ever innings  score, eclipsing its previous record of 680 for eight achieved in the second Test against India in February 2014.

The result saw New Zealand increase the gap with eight-placed West Indies to 19.

New Zealand has a chance to progress further up the Test rankings when it hosts Sri Lanka in a two Test match series which begins in December.  ICC Test Rankings:

Rank     Team             Rating

1        South Africa     124

2        Australia           117

3        England             104

4        Pakistan            103

5        Sri Lanka           101

6        India                    96

7        New Zealand      94

8        West Indies        75

9        Bangladesh         32

10       Zimbabwe          18

Source: APP