England climb to third position in ICC Test rankings

England's Alastair Cook celebrates with team mates and the urn after winning the ashes.
England's Alastair Cook celebrates with team mates and the urn after winning the ashes.
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After winning the Ashes series 3-2 against AustraliaEngland have climbed three spots to to third position in the International Cricket Council Test team rankings.

After winning the first test in Cardiff by 169 runs, England succumbed to a 405-run loss in the second game at Lord’s.

England came back strongly in the third and the fourth Tests, winning them by big margins, thereby taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

The fifth game saw Australia beat England by an innings and 46 runs, giving the visitors a consolation victory which helped them retain their second position in the points table.

By regaining the Ashes with a 3-2 series victory, England gained five points, taking their overall tally to 102, 23 points behind table leaders South Africa.

Australia on the other hand, lost five points to finish the series with 106 points, with a four-point lead over England.

The next assignment for England will be the three-match Test series against Pakistan to be played in the UAE, whereas Australia head to Bangladesh for a two-match Test series.

Irrespective of how the series between Australia and Bangladesh ends, both Pakistan and England have a chance to move into second place if they secure a 3-0 victory.

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