25 Nov 2010

South Africa slips but stays second while Pakistan rises

5:51 am on 25 November 2010

Second-ranked South Africa and sixth-placed Pakistan have moved in different directions in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings after their two-Test series ended with both games drawn.

South Africa had entered the series leading Pakistan by 36 ratings points meaning the Proteas were expected to win the series convincingly.

Following drawn Tests in Dubai and then in Abu Dhabi, South Africa has now slipped from 119 ratings points to 116 ratings points while Pakistan has gained five ratings points and now sits on 88.

Even though South Africa is now just a point ahead of Sri Lanka, it cannot be overtaken by Kumar Sangakkara's side irrespective of how their series against the West Indies pans out due to the fact that Sri Lanka is also expected to win the series given the teams' current rankings.

With the first Test at Galle already finishing in a draw, the maximum Sri Lanka can now achieve is a 2-0 series win which will not be enough to put it ahead of South Africa.

However, if the series ends in a 0-0 draw, Sri Lanka could drop behind England and Australia in fifth position on 109 ratings points while the West Indies will jump to 85 ratings points.

In contrast, the West Indies will move ahead of New Zealand even if it loses the series 1-0 while a 2-0 series loss will mean it will stay in eighth position on 79 ratings points.

In case of a series win, the West Indies will move ahead of Pakistan in sixth position.