India have retained their number-one position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Rankings released on Thursday.
While the Virat Kohli-led side lead South Africa by six points following the annual update, only nine points separate third-ranked Australia from seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, with ninth-ranked Bangladesh trailing eighth-ranked West Indies by six points.
This jump means the pre-update gap of 13 points has now been trimmed to just six points.
Australia have retained their third place but have plummeted from 108 points to 100 points, England have stayed in fourth position but have slipped to 99 points after conceding two points, whereas Pakistan have dropped behind New Zealand in sixth place after conceding four points to sit on 93 points.
The swings for Faf du Plessis's and Steve Smith's sides have come after South Africa's 2-1 loss to Australia, and Australia's 5-0 series win over England in 2013-14 have both been dropped for calculation purposes.
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