Sri Lanka moves to third in ICC Test rankings ahead of Australia
Jul 26, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Australia has slipped to fourth place in the ICC rankings behind Sri Lanka after drawing the Test series against Pakistan in England.
The Leeds defeat was Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s first Test loss to Pakistan.
The loss at Headingley, combined with Sri Lanka’s crushing victory over India in the teams’ first Test at Galle, has resulted in Australia shedding three ratings points and dropping from third in the Test rankings to fourth with 116 points, replaced by Sri Lanka, who moved from 115 points to 119.
Pakistan captain Salman Butt said: ’’It is a win [but] we should not be so happy as if we have achieved everything. From here on we can build on. Pakistan cricket has got a new hope with the new guys who came in performing strongly and the management, including myself, will back them. I am certain if we give these guys more time we can become a world-beating side in Test matches.’’