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Pakistan slide from third to fifth in Test rankings

Pakistan slipped down to fifth position in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings after a 3-0 whitewash by Australia.

The 220-run defeat in Sydney on Saturday, which was preceded by a 39-run loss in day-night Test in Brisbane and an innings and 18 runs defeat in Melbourne, saw Misbahul Haq’s side lose five points.

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Before the start of the series, Pakistan’s five-day side were ranked third with 102 points. However, a series sweep allowed South Africa and England to jump one place up with Pakistan dropping two places to finish on 97 points.

Pakistan topped the rankings for the first time in their history last year in September when they drew a four-match Test series 2-2 against hosts England.

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However, their stay at the top did not last very long as India thrashed New Zealand at home to jump to top spot and are still well-placed there with 120 points.

Meanwhile, Steven Smith-led Australia are second in the rankings (109 points) after they bagged four points from the series victory against Pakistan.

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Test team rankings and points

India 120

Australia 109 (+4)

South Africa 102

England 101

Pakistan 97 (-5)

New Zealand 96

Sri Lanka 96

West Indies 69

Bangladesh 65

Zimbabwe 05

courtesy : express tribune

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