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England rise to third position in ICC Test Rankings

Joe Root had a successful series as captain
Joe Root had a successful series as captain
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England have overtaken their Ashes rival Australia to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test Rankings following their 3-1 series victory over South Africa.

Joe Root's men gained a total of six points following their 177 run victory over Proteas in the fourth Test at Old Trafford while South Africa lost a total of seven points in the rankings but despite that, they retained their second position.

India, who won the first two Tests against Sri Lanka are having a 13 point lead over South Africa and have a total of 123 points.

England and South Africa are now seperated by five points while Australia, who are scheduled to play a two match series in Bangladesh have 100 points.

A win for India in the third Test in Pallekele will see them gain two more points but South Africa's position at second might come under threat as England are set to host eighth placed West Indies later this month in a three match series that also includes the first ever day-night Test in the country.

Meanwhile, in the individual rankings, Moeen Ali, who had a productive game in Manchester with scores of 14 and unbeaten 75 along with a seven wicket haul has seen him 21st, 18th and fourth in the list for batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders respectively.

Jonny Bairstow's 99-run knock helped him climb to seven in the rankings for batsmen while James Anderson's spirited bowling performance saw him overtake India's Ravichandran Ashwin to second in bowler's rankings.

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