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England's top spot under threat

South Africa within one point after series whitewash against Pakistan

Eoin Morgan was among the England batsmen to struggle against Pakistan

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England's lead at the top of the ICC's Test rankings has been cut to a solitary point following their series whitewash against Pakistan.

On 125 points going into the three-match series in the United Arab Emirates, England slipped to 118 and now hold just a one-point margin over second-placed South Africa, who can now usurp Andy Flower's men ahead of the April 1 end-of-season awards and claim the US$175,000 US dollars prize for top spot.

To do that, the Proteas would have to win their series against New Zealand in March by a 3-0 scoreline.

Pakistan, meanwhile, move within striking distance of the top four in the world after leaping from 99 points to 108, just three behind India and Australia.

They also now hold a 10-point margin over sixth-placed Sri Lanka, their next Test opponents in May and June.