proteas slip in rankings

DUBAI - Despite winning the third Test against the West Indies in Durban and the series 2-1, South Africa have slipped two places to fourth in the LG ICC Test Championship with India moving up to second.

DUBAI - Despite winning the third Test against the West Indies in Durban and the series 2-1, South Africa have slipped two places to fourth in the LG ICC Test Championship with India moving up to second.

The Proteas went into the series in second position knowing they needed to win the series at least 2-0 in order to maintain that lead.

Having lost the first Test in Port Elizabeth, Graeme Smith's team did well to win the series with victories at Cape Town and Durban, but such is the weighting system when playing teams further down the table, it means they lose one ratings point in the latest Test Championship table.

Given how tight it was with just two ratings points separating South Africa in second place and England in fifth, that single point has made a big difference to the table.

South Africa's loss is India's gain as Anil Kumble's team move up to second spot in the table. India are level on points with Sri Lanka but are shown to be ahead of Mahela Jayawardena's team when the points are calculated beyond the decimal point.

And despite losing the series, the West Indies can take some solace in the fact they have gained one ratings point in eighth place and have now closed the gap on New Zealand in seventh to 18 points.

It was far from being a joyless series for the men from the Caribbean after they registered their first ever Test win on South African soil with that PE victory. Australia are still way out in front of the rest on 143 ratings points, some 34 clear of their nearest rivals.

The Championship table is updated only at the end of each series so it is likely some more movement will be seen in the coming weeks. - Sapa

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