England might have won the consolation Test against the Windies in St. Lucia by 232 runs, they lost the three-match Test series 1-2. As a result, Joe Root-led team has slipped to the fifth position in the latest ICC Test Rankings for teams. As they began the Test series with an aim to stick to the third spot, two back-to-back losses in Barbados and Antigua saw them dropping four points.
Tests win over Sri Lanka helps Australia gain points
After surrendering the Border-Gavaskar trophy at home to India, Australia made some amends; beating Sri Lanka across two Tests convincingly. Under Tim Paine, the Oz won their first Test series, thus gaining three points to rise to number four in ICC Test Rankings for teams.
On the other hand, the Windies have gained the maximum rating points, seven, but remains eighth on the rankings table. However, India leads the list (116 points); following them is South Africa, having 110 points while New Zealand remains on the third with 107 rating points. Two of the Asian giants, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan have struggled to find success under their belt recently. While Sri Lanka is sixth on the table (89 points), Pakistan is a position down to seventh (88 points).
England triumphs Windies to end Tests on high
The third and the final Test of the three-match series ended on a resounding note for the visitors. As they got hammered in the first Test by 381 runs and by ten wickets in the second one; England did the homework in a bid to win the Test and salvage pride.
Joe Root, the skipper, led from the front, as he scored a fighting hundred in the second innings. Some exceptional contributions from Mark Wood – picking up five wickets in the first innings, and crucial runs from England’s lower-order helped the Poms give a target of 485 to the Windies. Though Roston Chase scored a hundred in the fourth innings, the hosts fell short by 232 runs.