LAHORE - Following Sunday’s one-all series draw in Sharjah, Pakistan have dropped one place to fourth in the latest ICC Test Team Rankings, while New Zealand have gained one rankings point and now lie two points adrift of sixth placed India.

Pakistan had entered the series in third position with 105 points on the back of a series victory over Australia, and won the opening Test against New Zealand by 248 runs in Dubai. However, a draw in Abu Dhabi in the second Test, followed by the Black Caps’ victory by an innings and 80 runs on Sunday, meant that Pakistan has dropped to 103 ratings points and been replaced in third position by England, on 104 ratings points. New Zealand’s first innings total of 690 was its highest ever innings score, eclipsing its previous record of 680 for eight achieved in the second Test against India in February 2014.

The result saw New Zealand increase the gap with eight-placed West Indies to 19. New Zealand have a chance to progress further up the Test rankings when it host Sri Lanka in a two Test match series which begins in December.

ICC Test Rankings

Rank    Team    Rating

1    South Africa    124

2    Australia    117

3    England    104

4    Pakistan    103

5    Sri Lanka    101

6    India    96

7    New Zealand    94

8    West Indies    75

9    Bangladesh    32

10    Zimbabwe    18