New Delhi: Pakistan's victory in the Dubai Test against England brought the team withing touching distance of the Number 1 Test status despite retaining the Number 5 position in the rankings.
Misbah-ul-Haq and his team inflicted a 71-run loss on England to stage a whitewash in the 3-Test series. Having entered the series with 99 points, Pakistan earned 9 to finish with 108 points. The team is now just three points behind of arch-rivals India and Australia and the race for the numero-uno position has 10 points separating the top-5.
England however suffered both on the field and in terms of points despite retaining the position and prestige of being the best Test team. Andrew Staruss' side dropped to 118 from 125 points.