India has overtaken England in the world test cricket rankings and now occupies the second rank.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that India has shot up to the second rank because of the English test team’s inconsistent performance. Early in 2012, Pakistan beat England in a series of three test cricket matches, which were held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Besides, England lost a match at home to the South African team in July and August last year and drew a series in 2013 in New Zealand.
The Indian team will play its next test series in South Africa as it is scheduled to travel in November. The tour, which will comprise three test matches, two T20s, and seven one-day international (ODI) events, will conclude in January. In February and March, the team will tour New Zealand.
By March, England may regain its lost second rank if the English team performs well against Australia in the Ashes series, which are scheduled to begin this week. England is a favorite satta, but the Australian team has got a new coach in the form of Darren Lehman and might do better. England can get back its second rank, now lost to India, if it gets a score of at least 3-0 or better in the Ashes Series.
According to the ICC, England will get the fourth rank if Australia emerges as the winner of the Ashes series, and in that case, Australia will get the third world test cricket rank.