Clarke's side leapfrog Pakistan and shellshocked England
Australia’s 281-run victory over England in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney has helped Michael Clarke’s side jump two places to third on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table.
The 5-0 series win has helped Australia gain 10 ratings points to finish on 111, six ratings points behind second-ranked India.
England, on the other hand, has conceded nine ratings points to end at 107, thereby moving down a place to fourth.
South Africa is the clear leader of the table with 133 ratings points.
Australia had entered the Ashes series in fifth position on 101 ratings points, but after taking a 4-0, it was guaranteed fourth position on the table. Michael Clarke’s side needed to either draw or win the Sydney Test to be able to move up two places to third.
Australia next plays host South Africa in a three-Test series from 12 February, while England’s next assignment is a two-Test series against Sri Lanka from 12 June. Number-two ranked India will be featuring in a two-Test series from 10 February against New Zealand.
Rank Team Rating
1 South Africa 133
2 India 117
3 Australia 111
4 England 107
5 Pakistan 102
6 Sri Lanka 88
7 West Indies 88
8 New Zealand 75
9 Zimbabwe 34
10 Bangladesh 18
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First Posted 05 January, 2014 4:51PM AEST