December 24, 2011 6:02:01 pm
India can inch towards regaining the top spot by narrowing the gap with current numero uno England in the ICC rankings if they manage to beat Australia in the four-Test series starting on Monday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side currently sits in second place on 118 ratings points,seven behind Andrew Strauss’ team,while Michael Clarke’s men are in fourth position on 103 ratings points.
Third-ranked South Africa team,which leads the sixth-ranked Sri Lanka 1-0 in a three-Test series,is on 116 ratings points,the ICC said in a statement.
As such,shuffling of the pack in the middle of the Championship table could be on the cards,depending on how the series Down Under (which finishes on January 28) and in South Africa (which finishes on January 7) pans out.
If Australia win all the four Tests,they will jump to 111 ratings points and India will drop to 111 ratings but will still be ranked above Australia by a fraction of a point.
In case of a 3-1 win for Australia,the home side will rise to 108 ratings points and India will drop to 113 ratings points whereas a 2-2 draw will mean Australia will gain two ratings points and India will drop two ratings points.
In a sharp contrast,if India make a sweep of the series,it will move to 122 ratings points and will narrow the gap with England to just three points.
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