India Stay at Top of Test Rankings, but Lose Points

Dubai, Jul 11 (IANS): India retained the number one spot in the latest Test rankings relased Monday but lost two rating points following two drawn Tests against the lower-ranked West Indies in a series that they eventually won 1-0.

The third and the final Test in Dominica ended in a draw Sunday.

India lost two ratings points as it drew matches against a side that was six places below it. The rankings during a bilateral series are calculated keeping in mind the corresponding rating of the two opponents.

Thus, the West Indies gained two points despite losing the series and remain in the seventh position. They are now just two ratings points behind Pakistan.

In the individual rankings, Harbhajan Singh is up one place to seventh in the bowlers chart. The off-spinner had a successful third Test with figures of 57-21-101-6 and in the process passed the 400-wicket mark. He pushed Man of the Series Ishant Sharma to eighth place.

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards, who finished with match figures of
36.8-4-122-6 gained two places to 16th, a position he holds jointly with South African spinner Paul Harris.

The top three remain unchanged with Dale Steyn of South Africa still leading the way ahead of England's Graeme Swann in second position and James Anderson in third.

The top five Test batsmen also remain unchanged. Jacques Kallis leads the table followed by Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Alastair Cook.

There is also no change in the top five players among Test all-rounders with Kallis at the top followed by New Zealand's Daniel Vettori.

Team rankings:
Rank Team Rating
1 India 126
2 South Africa 117
3 England 116
4 Sri Lanka 107
5 Australia 107
6 Pakistan 90
7 West Indies 88
8 New Zealand 78
9 Bangladesh 7


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