Dubai, Nov 29: Pakistan have slipped from 2nd to 4th position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings after their 2-0 loss to New Zealand in their two-match series which culminated with a 138-run verdict in Hamilton on Tuesday (November 29). India continue to remain on top of the rankings.
Pakistan went into the series with 109 points in the team rankings led by India (115), are now on 102 points and tied with South Africa but ahead on decimal points. England and Australia are both on 105 points with England ahead on decimal points.
Pakistan were top-ranked as recently as last month before India overtook them in the first week of October during a home series against New Zealand which it won 3-0. India are now comfortably perched at the top as it has a 10-point lead over the rest of the pack.
New Zealand, who won the opening Test in Christchurch last week by 8 wickets, have moved up one place to 6th position. The home side has gained 5 points to reach 96 points and is ahead of Sri Lanka on decimal points.
This means that the top seven sides in the rankings table are within 20 points of each other and six of them are within a range of 10 points.
ICC Test Team Rankings (As on November 29, 2016, after New Zealand-Pakistan series)
1. India (115 rating points)
2. England (105)
3. Australia (105)
4. Pakistan (102)
5. South Africa (102)
6. New Zealand (96)
7. Sri Lanka (96)
8. West Indies (69)
9. Bangladesh (65)
10. Zimbabwe (5)