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England drop to fifth in ICC rankings after Ashes misery

Australia and England have swapped places in the ICC test rankings. Credit: PA

England have dropped to fifth in the International Cricket Council Test rankings after their Ashes misery was completed with an innings-and-123-run defeat in Sydney.

Joe Root's tourists had entered the series in third place in the standings, with Australia fifth, but the teams have swapped positions following a 4-0 victory for the hosts Down Under.

The heavy nature of England's defeat means they drop below fourth-placed New Zealand in the latest update.

India currently sit at the top of the table, while their current opponents in a three-Test series, South Africa, are second.



Crane to make Ashes debut as Woakes is ruled out

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Mason Crane will make his Ashes debut in the fifth and final Test in Sydney after Chris Woakes was ruled out due to injury.

The 20-year-old leg-spinner steps in after the key bowling all-rounder underwent scans for a side injury, having played little part in net practice on Tuesday afternoon.

Woakes, 28, a regular across all formats and part of the one-day international squad to face Australia after the end of the Ashes, suffered a torn side in the first match of England's Champions Trophy campaign six months ago.

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