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India Retain 5th Spot in ICC Test rankings

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TNI Bureau: Despite losing to England 1-2 in the home Test series, India retained their number five position as per the latest ICC Test Championship rankings issued in Dubai on Monday.

India, however, dropped a ratings point to 105, and are now four-points behind arch-rival Pakistan who are placed at the fourth position.

England, on the other hand,consolidated their number two slot by adding a point after drawing the final Test at Nagpur, thereby winning a Test series in India after a long gap of 28 years.

England now stand just five points behind No-1 South Africa who are at 123 points.

Australia are positioned at number three in the rankings.

As part of the plans to boost Test cricket, the ICC has raised the prize money given to the team that holds the No.1 rank at the cut-off period.

Previously, the No. 1 ranked team at the cut-off date was awarded with a cash prize of $175,000, but the winners of the 2013 edition will get richer by $450,000, which will be further enhanced to $500,000 by 2015.

The Reliance ICC player rankings are as follows….

Rankings

Countries

Matches

Points

Ratings

1

South Africa

29

3566

123

2

England

41

4825

118

3

Australia

38

4332

114

4

Pakistan

29

3148

109

5

 

India

37

3879

105

6

Sri Lanka

32

3062

96

7

West Indies

31

2809

91

8

New Zealand

27

2126

79

9

Bangladesh

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