Pakistan, which defeated Australia for its first series win in 20 years, has leapfrogged England, Sri Lanka and India into third position after the feat earned it seven ratings points.
This is Pakistan’s best Test rankings since it claimed third position in January 2007 following the series in South Africa, which the home side won 2-1.
In contrast, Australia has retained second position on the Test table, but, after conceding six ratings points, the gap with number-one ranked South Africa has opened to seven ratings points.
Pakistan will now take on New Zealand in a three-Test series, which starts on 9 November in Abu Dhabi, while Australia will lock horns with India in a four-Test series, which begins in Brisbane on 4 December.
As per a January 2012 decision of the ICC Board, which was aimed at promoting Test cricket, US$1.34 million will be distributed amongst the sides that claim the top four positions at the annual cut-off date of 1 April 2015. With 2015 being the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 year, an event that will be staged from 14 February to 29 March, the cut-off date for 2015 will be 7 January, when the final scheduled Tests finish in Sydney and Wellington.
As such, the side that tops the Test table as on 7 January will receive USD$500,000 as well as the iconic mace. The side that finishes second will collect USD$390,000, while the sides finishing third and fourth will get richer by USD$280,000 and USD$170,000, respectively.
Forthcoming Test series (as on 3 November):
Bangladesh v Zimbabwe (ongoing)
3-7 Nov – Second Test, Khulna
12-16 Nov – Third Test, Chittagong
Pakistan v New Zealand
9-13 Nov – First Test, Abu Dhabi
17-21 Nov – Second Test, Dubai
26-30 Nov – Third Test, Sharjah
Australia v India
4-8 December – First Test, Brisbane
12-16 Dec – Second Test, Adelaide
26-30 Dec – Third Test, Melbourne
3-7 Jan – Fourth Test, Sydney
South Africa v West Indies
17-21 Dec – First Test, Centurion
26-30 Dec – Second Test, Port Elizabeth
2-6 Jan – Third Test, Cape Town
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
26-30 Dec – First Test, Christchurch
3-7 Jan – Second Test, Wellington
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 3 November, after the conclusion of Pakistan-Australia Test series):
Rank Team Points (+/-)
1 South Africa 124
2 Australia 117 (-6)
3 Pakistan 105 (+9)
4 England 104
5 Sri Lanka 101
6 India 96
7 New Zealand 93
8 West Indies 75
9 Zimbabwe 39
10 Bangladesh 19