England tumble to sixth in the World Test rankings


England have tumbled to sixth in the world Test rankings ahead of the Ben Stokes era with the ICC’s annual update seeing the team record their lowest points rating since 1995.

Stokes, who succeeded Joe Root as skipper last week, takes over a side that has managed just one win and suffered 11 defeats in their last 17 Tests.

England lost 1-0 in the West Indies in March, a result that followed a 4-0 Ashes thrashing across December and January, and they have now seen their rating slip from 97 to 88 points with the 4-1 win at home to India in 2018 wiped from the rankings.