Struggling England cling on to top-three status

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Despite their poor form in the Ashes series, England remain in third place in the latest International Cricket Council Test championship table.

The West Indies have climbed to joint fourth place following their 1-0 Test series win over Zimbabwe. The West Indians, who hammered Zimbabwe by an innings and 176 runs in the first test of two in Bulawayo, have drawn level with Sri Lanka on 13 points from 13 series at an average of 1.00.

Carl Hooper's team have overtaken fifth-placed New Zealand, whose average remains at 0.93 after gathering 14 points from 15 series.

The ICC championship was introduced before the two tests between England and Pakistan in May of this year to add interest and context to the game at the highest level. The rankings are updated after each series around the world.

Virender Sehwag hammered a rapid 100 off 69 balls in Colombo to lead India into the final of the triangular one-day tournament after a seven-wicket win over New Zealand.

Sehwag hit 19 fours and one six to post his maiden one-day international hundred. His innings, the second fastest century by an Indian in one-day internationals and the seventh quickest of all time, took his team to 267 for 3 in response to New Zealand's respectable 264 for 7.

India, who have won their last three round-robin matches, now meet Sri Lanka in the tournament final tomorrow.

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