Rankings joy for England

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England are guaranteed to begin their international summer as the leading Test side in the world following their victory over Sri Lanka at Colombo.

In securing a 1-1 draw on the sub-continent, Andrew Strauss’ side remained ahead of South Africa in the International Cricket Council Test rankings.

Their second-Test victory also ensures Australia cannot overhaul England, even if they manage a 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in the Caribbean.

England ascended to the top of the Test rankings following their 4-0 triumph over India last summer, but that position came under threat following a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have gained a point in the latest rankings, but remain in sixth position.

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