Ratings - 25th August 2010
Russell Degnan

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3rd TestEnglandvPakistan
Pre-rating1151.721042.10
Form+29.63-39.80
Expected MarginEngland by 105 runs
Actual MarginPakistan by 4 wickets
Post-rating1141.861055.72

It's amazing what taking a few catches can do for a side. Pakistan retain the frailties of a sickly youth, repeatedly letting England crawl back into the game they dominated from the time Wahab Riaz ripped through the English top-order in his first spell in test cricket. Another gritty innings by Prior, and a (somewhat) fortunate hundred by Cook kept England in the game, but they had little support. Yet, in imperfect batting conditions, England's bowlers and Pakistan's weakness with the bat - overly reliant on an extremely rusty Yousuf to keep things steady - combined to give the game a tense finish. An improved performance by England ought to see them to a 3-1 victory, but you can never completely write off Pakistan, not with the bowling line-up they possess (surely the best test cirkcet has to offer right now). Here's hoping too, that at some point in their six test English jaunt Umar Akmal decides to show.

Rankings at 25th August 2010
1.Australia1220.57
2.India1204.58
3.South Africa1193.34
4.England1141.86
5.Sri Lanka1109.33
6.Pakistan1055.72
7.West Indies919.14
8.New Zealand917.91
9.Bangladesh638.24
10.Zimbabwe556.79

11.Ireland556.64
12.Scotland461.60
13.Afghanistan404.44
14.Namibia378.09
15.Kenya351.46
16.U.S.A.296.99
17.Uganda280.48
18.Nepal196.51
19.Netherlands195.69
20.U.A.E.182.53
21.Canada177.28
22.Hong Kong148.65
23.Cayman Is134.24
24.Malaysia123.90
25.Bermuda105.40

Shaded teams have played fewer than 2 games per season. Non-test team ratings are not comparable to test ratings as they don't play each other.

Idle Summers 27th August, 2010 00:39:08   [#] 

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