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In Pictures: Top ranked Test nations
South Africa just knocked England off the top of the Test rankings but who makes up the world's best sides?
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 17:21


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Sitting pretty at the top of the Test rankings are South Africa who claimed the number one spot with a 2-0 series victory over England. To make the win all the sweeter it was England who they leapfrogged in the standings
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There was little England could do but stand and stare after they were defeated by a superior South African team on home turf. However, the number two Test ranking is still something for a nation so used to Test defeats to be proud of
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"(It's up to us) to realise we sit fourth in the one-day rankings, third in the Test rankings and eighth or ninth in the Twenty20 rankings," says a disgruntled captain Michael Clarke. Which is just not good enough for a team that got used to being at the top
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Fourth-ranked Pakistan have not hosted a Test series since 2009 after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team but their cricket has gone from strength to strength. They have defeated Bangladesh and England in 2012, although recently lost a series to Sri Lanka
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A year ago they were top of the pile but now they prefer riding motorbikes. Only joking - India are still a force to be reckoned with but fifth place is not where they would hope to be in the rankings. Here Virat Kohli (R) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) are spinning wheels rather than balls
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In the number six spot are Sri Lanka who shocked the cricketing world with a Test series victory over Pakistan. With a captain like Mahela Jayawardene (pictured) and notorious bowler Lasith Malinga they have the individuals to threaten the top ranked sides
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Oh deary me what has happened to the heady days of West Indian cricket? In the late 1990s they were the team to beat but now team captain Darren Sammy has the unenviable job of rebuilding a team that isn't laughable in comparison. He still smiles though!
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They are a nation known for their rugby not their cricket, but New Zealand are still in the top eight of the world's teams. It is a slow development process but the Kiwis are showing signs of giving the teams above them a challenge. Maybe a cricket Haka could help?
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And at the bottom of the pile looking upwards are Bangladesh. Pakistan and the West Indies are two of the teams to have beaten them over the last year. The only way is up! Unless it is down...
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Sitting pretty at the top of the Test rankings are South Africa who claimed the number one spot with a 2-0 series victory over England. To make the win all the sweeter it was England who they leapfrogged in the standings;*;There was little England could do but stand and stare after they were defeated by a superior South African team on home turf. However, the number two Test ranking is still something for a nation so used to Test defeats to be proud of ;*;"(It(***)s up to us) to realise we sit fourth in the one-day rankings, third in the Test rankings and eighth or ninth in the Twenty20 rankings," says a disgruntled captain Michael Clarke. Which is just not good enough for a team that got used to being at the top;*;Fourth-ranked Pakistan have not hosted a Test series since 2009 after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team but their cricket has gone from strength to strength. They have defeated Bangladesh and England in 2012, although recently lost a series to Sri Lanka ;*;A year ago they were top of the pile but now they prefer riding motorbikes. Only joking - India are still a force to be reckoned with but fifth place is not where they would hope to be in the rankings. Here Virat Kohli (R) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) are spinning wheels rather than balls ;*;In the number six spot are Sri Lanka who shocked the cricketing world with a Test series victory over Pakistan. With a captain like Mahela Jayawardene (pictured) and notorious bowler Lasith Malinga they have the individuals to threaten the top ranked sides ;*;Oh deary me what has happened to the heady days of West Indian cricket? In the late 1990s they were the team to beat but now team captain Darren Sammy has the unenviable job of rebuilding a team that isn(***)t laughable in comparison. He still smiles though! ;*;They are a nation known for their rugby not their cricket, but New Zealand are still in the top eight of the world(***)s teams. It is a slow development process but the Kiwis are showing signs of giving the teams above them a challenge. Maybe a cricket Haka could help? ;*;And at the bottom of the pile looking upwards are Bangladesh. Pakistan and the West Indies are two of the teams to have beaten them over the last year. The only way is up! Unless it is down... Daylife ID:
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West Indies scored of 449/9 at the end of their first innings.West Indies cricket team captain Darren No title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Top-ranked-Test-nations?image_id=03W2bAC0lW72yThe New Zealand team gathers together before a Twenty20 cricket match against the West Indies, Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Lauderhill, Fla.Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:02:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Top-ranked-Test-nations?image_id=03W2bAC0lW72yLynne Sladky APAP PhotoThe New Zealand team gathers together before a Twenty20 cricket match against the West Indies, Saturday, June 30, 2012, in Lauderhill, Fla.No title givenNo title givenhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Top-ranked-Test-nations?image_id=05nD2JdgM9bWJSouth African batsman Richard Levi, center, plays a shot while Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, left, and Ziaur Rahman position themselves to catch him out during the second T20 cricket match against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in Harare, Tuesday, June, 19, 2012. Bangladesh is in Zimbabwe for a triangular series featuring Zimbabwe and South Africa.Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:20:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Top-ranked-Test-nations?image_id=05nD2JdgM9bWJTsvangirayi MukwazhiAPAP PhotoSouth African batsman Richard Levi, center, plays a shot while Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, left, and Ziaur Rahman position themselves to catch him out during the second T20 cricket match against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club in Harare, Tuesday, June, 19, 2012. Bangladesh is in Zimbabwe for a triangular series featuring Zimbabwe and South Africa.No title given

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