Ratings - August 2005
Russell Degnan

Sorry, these are late, they date prior to two August tests

Sri Lanka v West Indies
Opening Ratings: Sri: 1077.85 WI: 823.10
1st Test: Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
2nd Test: Sri Lanka by 240 runs
Closing Ratings: Sri: 1086.46 WI: 816.39

Pointless series. A below strength West Indies worked hard but still got the predictable result. The Sri Lankan batting was below par; Sangakarra's 157 the only decent score of the series for either side, although Chanderpaul showed some class. Both Powell and Lawson bowled well for the West Indies but it was the Muralitharan and Vaas show taking 30 wickets between them at an average of just over 8.

Forthcoming Series:

Zimbabwe (707.44) v New Zealand (1034.08) - 2 Tests.
Only 10 years ago New Zealand and Zimbabwe were level in the ratings. Things couldn't have been more different since. Since I waited a day too long to post this the first test is all over in a two day shambles. The second will not be markedly different. Fortunately then the Kiwis can go home.

Australia (1st) 1426.83
England (2nd) 1178.86
India (3rd) 1142.64
South Africa (4th) 1127.19
Pakistan (6th) 1046.49
Bangladesh (10th) 614.29

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