India may slip to fourth spot in ICC Test rankings
Dubai, March 30 (IANS) A series win for Australia in the three-match Test series against the West Indies may push India one place down to the fourth spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Rankings.
Australia will be eyeing to gain at least one place on the Test Championship table when they take on the West Indies in the Test series starting in Bridgetown, April 7.
While a series win will put Australia ahead of India in third position, a 3-0 series win will put Australia on equal points with England on 113 ratings points (if England loses 2-0 to Sri Lanka).
And when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then Australia will be placed above England in second position as they will have a rating of 113.10 against England's rating of 113.045.
England find themselves in a must-win situation in the Colombo Test if they have to retain their number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table. England's victory will keep them ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a point but their failure to win the Test will make South Africa as the new No.1 ranked side.
If England lose the series 2-0, they will drop from 118 ratings points to 113 ratings points - three points behind South Africa - while a 1-0 defeat will mean they will slip to 114 ratings points.
The Test Championship table as well as the player rankings will now be updated at the conclusion of the Colombo Test.
1. England 118
2. South Africa 116
3. India 111
4. Australia 111
5. Pakistan 108
6. Sri Lanka 98
7. West Indies 87
8. New Zealand 85
9. Bangladesh 8
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