India, Pak vie for second spot in ICC table

Published: Friday, December 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Having climbed to its best ever third spot in the latest ICC Test table, India will look to strengthen their stake for the second place with a 2-0 series win against minnows Bangladesh.

India has a tough competition from Pakistan, who would try to clinch series win against leaders Australia, to upstage England, who must win against South Africa to keep ahead of the sub-continent rivals.

India can climb to within one point of second-placed England (rating 109) if it wins both matches of its two-Test series against Bangladesh starting in Dhaka on Friday.

If India wins the series 2-0 it will gain one point to be with 108 points while a 1-0 series victory will see its rating remain unchanged, according to an ICC release on Friday.

While Pakistan, currently rating 105 points for fourth place the official table, needs to win its three match series against Australia to leapfrog India and England into second place.

A 1-0 or 2-1 series win over the Aussies would improve Pakistan's rating to 111 points. Australia leads the official table by 21 points and must beat Pakistan at least 2-0 to improve its rating.

England can hold on to its position by winning in a five-match series against South Africa 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 that will boost its rating from 109 to 110 points. If England loses the series by the same margins its rating will fall to 106 points while a series draw would see it slide to 108 points.

South Africa, displaced from second spot by England in August 2004, is currently on sixth place with a rating of 100.

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