Series loss cost India 4 rating points

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sri Lanka was breathing down India's neck after a 2-1 series win over its Asian neighbours in the latest ICC Test Championship ratings.

Updated: August 16, 2008 09:19 IST
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Sri Lanka was breathing down India's neck after a 2-1 series win over its Asian neighbours in the
ICC Test Championship released on Monday.

Sri Lanka leapfrogged England into fourth place and is now just one ratings point behind third-placed India as the series result earned Mahela Jayawardena's side five points but cost Anil Kumble's men four ratings points.

Sri Lanka now sits on 108 ratings points after starting on 103 while India has slipped to 109 after entering the series on 113.

As Sri Lanka will not play any more Tests until May next year, it will pin its hopes on Australia to put it ahead of India.

Ricky Ponting's side will travel to India in October for a four-Test series and if it wins the series 3-0, Kumbles men will drop behind Jayawardena side by one ratings point.

However, if India beats Australia by a similar margin, it will overtake South Africa into second place on 118 ratings points and will trail Ricky Ponting and Co by just nine ratings points.

India can further reduce that gap to seven points if it wins the two-Test series against England later this December as a 2-0 win will take it to 120 ratings points against Australia's 127.

Meanwhile, South Africa retained its second place after defeating England by an identical margin in London today. They earned one rating point for 2-1 victory over England which dropped two points and slipped to 104, four behind Sri Lanka and four ahead of sixth-placed Pakistan.

South Africa will now play Bangladesh in a two-Test series in November and a 2-0 win will earn it one ratings point.

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