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ICC Test rankings: Pak climb to 2nd spot

Pakistan have moved above England into 2nd place behind Australia in world rankings.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 15:49 IST

Pakistan have moved above England into second place behind Australia in the world Test rankings, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday.

Pakistan have 120 points, 10 fewer than Australia and seven more than England, their hosts in a four-Test series starting at Lord's on Thursday.

England, who beat Australia in 2005 to win the Ashes for the first time since 1987, slipped down following defeat in Pakistan and drawn series in India and at home to Sri Lanka.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting tops the individual Test batting ratings, ahead of India's Rahul Dravid and South African Jacques Kallis.

Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan heads the bowling list from South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini and Australia leg spinner Shane Warne.

Australia, world champions in 1999 and 2003, have a huge lead in the one-day rankings, with South Africa in second place and Pakistan third.

Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and South Africa seamer Shaun Pollock lead the individual limited-overs ratings.