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Australia swap ICC Test rankings with England following Ashes win

The Kangaroos have moved into third place while England have dropped to the fifth position following the conclusion of the five-match Ashes series in Sydney.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 08, 2018 18:01 IST ]
Image Source : AP Steve Smith holds up the Ashes trophy as Australian players celebrate their win over England on the last day of the Sydney Test

Australia's innings-and-123 run win over England on the final day of the fifth and final Ashes Test have pushed them to the third spot in the latest ICC team rankings released on Monday. The Kangaroos have moved into third place while England have dropped to the fifth position following the conclusion of the five-match Ashes series in Sydney. 

Australia had entered the series in the fifth position on 97 points, while England were in third place on 105 points. 

However, following a 4-0 series win, Australia have climbed to third place on 104 points, while England have slipped to fifth on 99 points. 

Australia are now trailing number-one ranked India (124 points) by 20 points, while they are seven points behind second-ranked South Africa (111 points). 

The top two ranked sides are presently involved in their three-Test series, which concludes in Johannesburg on 28 January, following which the Test team rankings table will be updated. 

Australia will now travel to South Africa where they play a four-Test series from March 1 to April 3, while England's next series is against New Zealand from March 22 to April 3 when they will play a two-Test series. 

In their home season, England will host Pakistan for a two-Test series and India for five Tests.

(With PTI Inputs)

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