Lots of change during the summer of 2016

The summer began with Australia on top following a Feb victory over New Zealand, India were second (12 pts behind), Pakistan 3rd (where they had been since Oct 14 – a further 7 pts back), England 4th (just 3pts further back) and South Africa (after Eng had beaten S.Af during the winter a further 4pts adrift)

First series to finish was England gaining 3.29 points in their series with Sri Lanka – but still 0.07 short of overtaking Pakistan…

Then the four series all finishing within a week…

Zim v NZ – NZ gain 2.15 – simply the warm up… England have mighty battle with Pakistan and although they lose the last test they still manage to gain 0.31 points – not many but enough to topple Pakistan from 3rd. After this came the big shock, although was it, that is three whitewashes in a row for Australia on the sub-continent. Sri Lanka piled on the misery and gained 16.92 points (the 11 highest of all time, and Sri Lanka’s best series. This took Sri Lanka up to 6th overtaking New Zealand, but more importantly it dropped Australia to 2nd on 67 points, 5 behind India but 2 points more than England.

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Sri Lanka's cricketers pose for photographers after victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI        (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s cricketers pose for photographers after victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016.

India were top, but could they stay there in the banana skin series¬†against West Indies – 2 games won, one drawn and one abandoned meant they only lost 0.28 points. So yes they do…

At the end of the month, S.Africa gain a few points against New Zealand to put a bit of cushion in above Sri Lanka.

Currently we have India looking to increase their lead once more with a series win over New Zealand, then its a good number of series that might affect thnigs slightly with top of the table teams playing bottom half of the table, before the two big series of the winter England in India and South Africa in Australia…

 

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