England move to second in World Rankings

England celebrate their second Test win in Kandy
England celebrate their second Test win in Kandy

England will move up to second in the International Cricket Council's Test rankings after assuring a series victory in Sri Lanka.

Joe Root's side recorded their first Test series win in Sri Lanka for 17 years when they followed up their 211-run triumph in Galle with a 57-run victory in Kandy over the weekend.

That gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and means they will push South Africa down to third in the rankings regardless of the result in the third and final Test in Colombo.

Should England complete a series whitewash, they will improve to 108 points, eight behind top-ranked India.

A draw will put them on 107 points and a loss would see them tied with South Africa on 106 but ahead by a fraction of a point.

The new rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the Test.

India captain Virat Kohli heads the batting rankings, ahead of Australia's Steve Smith, Kane Williamson of New Zealand and Root.

England veteran James Anderson leads the bowlers, while spinner Jack Leach is up to 43rd after claiming 13 wickets in four innings against Sri Lanka.

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