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South Africa dethroned from pole position in ICC Test rankings

South Africa dethroned from pole position in ICC Test rankings
South Africa have not won a Test match in the last one-year.
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South Africa have dropped to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test rankings after their seven-wicket defeat in the third Test against England in Johannesburg on Saturday.

With the seven-wicket victory, England have taken a 2-0 lead, which ensures a win in the four-match series against South Africa, who are now without a Test win since January 2015.

Since their win against West Indies in Cape Town in January 2015, South Africa have played nine Tests and have lost five matches while managing draws in four games.

Even if South Africa manage to claw back in the series with a win in the fourth Test against England in Centurion, they will not be able to reclaim their pole position.

As a result of South Africa's descent, India have now reached the top of the ICC rankings with 110 rating points, having a slender one-point lead over the second placed Australia.

The sixth placed England have now moved one place upwards and will continue to remain there even if they secure a 3-0 series victory.

India's reign at the top of the rankings will be a short-lived one, if Australia manage to win their upcoming bilateral Test series against New Zealand. 

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