DUBAI – New Zealand has overtaken Pakistan for fifth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings after completing a 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their two-match series which culminated in Christchurch on Monday.

For the first time in 28 years, Pakistan reached the top of the ICC Test rankings in August last year. However, the team was not able to remain at the top after being a clean sweep in the series against New Zealand and Australia.

India remained at the top of the rankings with 120 points, followed by Australia, South Africa and England. Pakistan ranked sixth, are ahead of Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh.

New Zealand, which had won the first Test in Wellington by seven wickets, has gained two points to move up to 98 points.


It is now one point ahead of sixth-placed Pakistan and three behind England in the rankings, according to the new ratings by the International Cricket Council.

Australia is currently placed second with 109 points while South Africa is third with 107 points.

Bangladesh, which started the series at 65 points, has slipped to 62 points to complete a forgettable tour of New Zealand. It lost all three One-Day Internationals, all three Twenty20 Internationals as well as a limited overs tour game against a New Zealand XI on this tour.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 23 January 2017, after the New Zealand v Bangladesh series)


Rank Team              Points

1          India                120

2          Australia         109

3          South Africa   107

4          England           101

5          New Zealand    98 (+2)

6          Pakistan            97

7          Sri Lanka          96

8          West Indies       69

9          Bangladesh       62 (-3)

10        Zimbabwe         05