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India eager to cement No 1 status with series win in England

LONDON: India may be the world's top-ranked Test side but they still face accusations they are lions at home and lambs abroad. But a series win in England, where Virat Kohli's men begin a five-Test campaign at Edgbaston on Wednesday, would go some way to ridding India of that unwanted tag. In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside of Asia, against a struggling West Indies. Their overall Test record in England is uninspiring -- six wins from 57 matches and three series victories…

Babar Azam tops T20I player rankings

Babar Azam has topped the ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, following the conclusion of their series against New Zealand which the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 champions won 2-1. Babar was rewarded for finishing as the leading run-scorer in the series (109 runs) with a rise of 11 places that has put him on top for the first time. He now leads Australia’s Aaron Finch (784 points) by two points. Read More: Fast-rising Hasan doubtful for PSL start Babar is the second Pakistan batsman to top the T20I rankings after…

Palestine overtakes Israel in FIFA football rankings

JERUSALEM: Palestine's football team achieved its highest ranking in history on Thursday, rising above Israel in the FIFA world rankings for the first time. The head of the Palestinian football association labelled it an "historic achievement" as the team rose two spots to 82nd in FIFA's latest rankings. Israel fell 16 places to 96th after a disappointing failed World Cup qualification campaign. Palestine have recently won a series of games as they seek to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup, including a 10-0…

Brazil top FIFA rankings for first time in seven years

Five-times world champions Brazil have returned to what they will consider their rightful place at the top of the FIFA rankings for the first time in seven years. Brazil have enjoyed a impressive revival since Tite replaced Dunga as their national team coach last year, winning all nine matches they have played under his leadership including eight World Cup qualifiers. They continued their run in March with a 4-1 win in Uruguay and 3-0 win over Paraguay to become the first side to book their place at next year's World…

Virat Kohli pleased by manner of India victories

CHENNAI: More than the series win it was the nature of the victories that pleased India captain Virat Kohli most after his side completed a 4-0 triumph over England with another comprehensive victory in the final match on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled India to an innings and 75-run victory at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, claiming seven of the 10 English wickets that tumbled in the final two sessions. India, the world's top-ranked test side, have often been accused of bullying visiting opponents on…

Pakistan slip in Test rankings after New Zealand debacle

CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan team slipped to fourth position in the ICC Test rankings on Tuesday after New Zealand whitewashed the team green in the final Test of two-match series in Hamilton. New Zealand beat Pakistan by 138 runs in the second Test in Hamilton to secure a clean sweep of their two-Test series. Set a target of 369 in their second innings, Pakistan were all out for 230 with less than six overs remaining in the match. New Zealand, who won the first Test in Christchurch by eight wickets, claim their first…