England has claimed the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table for the first time in 32 years after winning the Edgbaston Test by an innings and 242 runs.
England had started the series in third position behind South Africa and trailing top ranked India by eight ratings points. To top the Championship table for the first time under the current ranking system, England had needed to win the series by a 2-0 margin or better.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Andrew Strauss, Andy Flower and the whole team for becoming the number-one ranked Test team in the world.
“I know they were determined to be number-one and through careful planning and a series of clinical performances, they have deservedly achieved their goal.
“They were clearly the most consistent side in the world over the past few years as evidenced by their 19 out of 30 Test wins and only four loses.
“This achievement is just reward for the hard work from all the players and team management and they no doubt will celebrate being on top of the world.”
While England will be on top when the Test Championship table will be updated at the end of the series at the conclusion of the fourth and last Test, India’s position will depend on how The Oval Test, which starts next Thursday, pans out.
If England wins The Oval Test, it will finish on 125 ratings points while India will drop to third on 117 ratings points.
However, if India wins or draws the Test, it will stay ahead of South Africa in second position. A win will allow India to finish on 120 ratings points while a drawn Test will mean it will finish on 119 ratings points.
With the new Test Championship confirmed, the top four teams will progress to the play-offs with seedings determined at the cut-off date around mid-January 2013. The final Test match in this series will therefore have meaning for this reason.
For achieving the number-one Test ranking, England will be presented with the mace at the end of the series.