Thu, May 25, 2017 | updated 02:19 PM IST

India dethrone Australia as top-ranked Test nation

Updated: Aug 17, 2016 15:46 IST      
India dethrone Australia as top-ranked Test nation

Dubai, Aug 17 (ANI): Australia have conceded their number-one ranking to India after Sri Lanka made a clean sweep of the three-Test series in Colombo on Wednesday.

Australia had arrived in Colombo in number-one position on 118 points. But following loses by 106 runs in Pallekele, 229 runs in Galle and 163 runs in Colombo, Australia have joined England on 108 points but are ranked above Alastair Cook's side, while Sri Lanka have jumped to 95 points.

Australia's drop means India have become the number-one ranked side on the ICC Test Team Rankings, while Pakistan have moved into second position - just one point behind.

India had started the year as the top-ranked side before Australia reclaimed the position following their 2-0 win over New Zealand in New Zealand.

For Pakistan, this is the second time in less than a year that they have peaked to number-two position. After defeating England by 2-0 last year in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan had risen to second position for the first time since the current rankings system was introduced in 2003.

To retain number-one ranking, India will now have to win the fourth and final Test of the four-Test series against the West Indies, which begins in Port of Spain on Thursday.

India's failure to win the Test will mean Pakistan will become the number-one ranked side for the first time.

If India win the fourth Test, then it will finish on 112 points - one ahead of Pakistan - but it will end on 110 points if the Test is drawn or on 108 points in fourth place in the case of West Indies earning a consolation win. (ANI)

Barca continue to stand by Messi after tax appeal rejected

Updated: May 25, 2017 13:58 IST     

Madrid [Spain], May 25 (ANI): Barcelona have reiterated their support to Lionel Messi, after the Supreme Court of Spain rejected the star striker's appeal against a suspended 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud offence.

Full Story >>

Kashmir hosts first football coaching camp for deaf, dumb

Updated: May 25, 2017 13:14 IST     

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], May 25 (ANI): The Jammu and Kashmir Football Association has organised the first ever special football coaching camp for disabled kids, namely "GRASSROOT", in collaboration with youth sports and services in Srinagar.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], May 25 (ANI): Chinglensana Singh, who has recently been appointed as the vice-captain of the Indian senior men's hockey team, has admitted that he is excited and honoured to take up the new responsibility as his side head into the Three Nations Invitational Tournament, beginning June 1.

Full Story >>

Maxwell cleared of serious injury after blow on neck

Updated: May 25, 2017 11:48 IST     

Melbourne [Australia], May 25 (ANI): Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been cleared of any serious injury after he was struck by a net bowler during a recent practice session at Lord's.

Full Story >>

De Villiers and co. penalised for slow over-rate

Updated: May 25, 2017 10:50 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): South Africa have been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for maintaining a slow over-rate during their 72-run defeat against England in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Headingley in Leeds last evening.

Full Story >>

Bangladesh rise to sixth in ODI rankings post historic win

Updated: May 25, 2017 10:30 IST     

Dubai [UAE], May 25 (ANI): Bangladesh made history in Dublin on Wednesday when they moved to sixth place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time following their five-wicket victory over fourth-ranked New Zealand.

Full Story >>

Adam Milne to join Kent after Champions Trophy

Updated: May 25, 2017 06:34 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne has signed for Kent and will join their squad after representing his national side at the Champions Trophy in England and Wales, scheduled for June 1-18.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 25 (ANI): World No. 1 Andy Murray has been surprised by Novak Djokovic's decision to appoint Andre Agassi as coach for the upcoming French Open, but believes it's "a positive thing for Novak and its good for tennis".

Full Story >>

Irfan Pathan backs India to defend Champions Trophy title

Updated: May 25, 2017 04:19 IST     

Karachi [Pakistan], May 25 (ANI): Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has backed the Virat Kohli-led side to successfully defend the Champions Trophy beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

Stockholm [Sweden], May 25 (ANI): Manchester United on Wednesday evening defeated Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm courtesy goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to win the Europa League, thus confirming their qualification for the Champions League next season.

Full Story >>

Morgan, Woakes star in England's win over Proteas in 1st ODI

Updated: May 25, 2017 02:40 IST     

Leeds [UK], May 25 (ANI): Stellar performances from Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes helped England attain a comfortable 72-run win over South Africa in the first ODI of the three-match series here at Headingley, Leeds on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], May 25 (ANI): Ace Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is hoping to come up with some new tricks to pose challenge for the opposing batsmen in the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.

Full Story >>

India capable of competing against any team, says Constantine

Updated: May 25, 2017 01:43 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 25 (ANI): India football coach Stephen Constantine has insisted that the current team is capable of competing against any team in the world.

Full Story >>

Bangladesh register first away win against Black Caps

Updated: May 25, 2017 01:16 IST     

Dublin [Ireland], May 25 (ANI): Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the tri-series finale, including Ireland, on Wednesday at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, thus registering their first away win against the Black Caps.

Full Story >>

Former Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph announces retirement

Updated: May 25, 2017 00:41 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 25 (ANI): Former South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph will retire from all forms of cricket by the end of the 2017 season.

Full Story >>

Smith exudes confidence ahead of Champions Trophy

Updated: May 25, 2017 00:22 IST     

London [UK] May 25 (ANI): Australian skipper Steve Smith has re-emphasised the importance of the Champions Trophy as he looks to maintain the impressive one-day form the country has shown over the past 20 years.

Full Story >>

Madrid [Spain], May 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court of Spain sentenced Argentine and Barcelona FC football star Lionel Messi to serve a 21-month jail sentence and pay a fine of 2.09 million Euro (USD 2.25 million) for tax fraud on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

15 wrestlers found dope positive have been suspended: NADA DG

Updated: May 24, 2017 21:37 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director General Navin Agarwal on Wednesday said nine powerlifters and six bodybuilders who were found dope positive during a routine check-up have been temporarily suspended.

Full Story >>

Need to bring stringent law against doping: Vijay Goel

Updated: May 24, 2017 19:16 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 24 (ANI): Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel on Wednesday asserted that it is important to introduce a stringent law to prevent doping in sports.

Full Story >>

Mumbai [India], May 24 (ANI): With just few days left for the commencement of his side's Champions Trophy campaign against Pakistan ,Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that the match against the arch-rivals will be seen as just another game of cricket that everyone looks forward to.

Full Story >>