A draw in the 5th and last Test of the Ashes series that ended on Sunday helped England to go up one spot to 2nd on the ICC Test Team Rankings table. England won the series 3-0 and thereby received 4 ratings points to finish with 116 ratings points. They entered the series in 3rd position with 112 ratings points.
However, after taking a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, they required either a draw or a win to go ahead of India into 2nd position. A draw in the 5th and final Test resulted in England joining India on 116 ratings points. However, England is ranked above India when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
If Australia had recorded a comfort triumph in the final Test, it would have stopped England from leapfrogging India; however, Australia would’ve still dropped down in the rankings. Australia slipped 4 ratings points to drop below Pakistan into 5th place, to 101 ratings points – one behind Pakistan and 2 ahead of sixth-ranked West Indies.
This is Australia’s lowest finish on the ICC Test Team Rankings since August 2011, when it was last ranked 5th.