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Test rankings: Ashes triumph sees Australia jump to third place

January 05, 2014 13:25 IST

A resurgent Australia leapfrogged to third spot in the latest ICC Test rankings after whitewashing England 5-0 in the Ashes series on Sunday.

The Australian team celebrates after winning the Ashes series on SundayAustralia's 281-runs victory over England in the fifth and final Test in Sydney helped them climb two places to third on the table. Australia gained 10 ratings points to finish on 111, six ratings points behind second-ranked India.

England, on the other hand, conceded nine ratings points to end at 107, thereby moving down a place to fourth.

South Africa top the table with 133 ratings points.

Australia had entered the Ashes series in fifth position on 101 ratings points but after taking a 4-0 lead, they were guaranteed a fourth position on the table.

Michael Clarke's side needed to either draw or win the Sydney Test to be able to move up two places to third.

Australia next play host South Africa in a three-Test series from February 12, while England's next assignment is a two-Test series against Sri Lanka from June 12.

Second-placed India will be featuring in a two-Test series from February 10 against New Zealand.

Image: The Australian team celebrates after winning the Ashes series on Sunday

Photograph: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images