Test Rankings: India climb two rungs to second spot

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Dubai: Notwithstanding the 2-0 deficit in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia, India regained second spot in the LG ICC Test Championship table.

South Africa dropped to fourth place in the Championship table despite 2-1 series win over the West Indies while Sri Lanka managed to hold onto his third place.

South Africa"s loss is India"s gain as Anil Kumble's team moves up to second spot in the table issued here today. India is level on points with Sri Lanka but is shown to be ahead of Mahela Jayawardena's team when the points are calculated beyond the decimal digit.

Despite winning the third Test against the West Indies at Durban and the series 2-1, South Africa has slipped two places to fourth in the LG ICC Test Championship with India moving up to second.

The Proteas went into the series in second position knowing that they needed to win the series at least 2-0 in order to maintain that lead.

Having lost the first Test in Port Elizabeth, Graeme Smith"s team did well to win the series with victories at Cape Town and Durban but such is the weighting system when playing teams further down the table, it means it loses one ratings point in the latest Test Championship table.

Given how tight it was with just two ratings points separating South Africa in second place and England in fifth, that single point has made a big difference to the table.

And despite losing the series, the West Indies can take some solace in the fact that it has gained one rating point in eighth place and has now closed the gap on New Zealand in seventh to 18 points.

It was far from being a joyless series for the men from the Caribbean after they registered their first ever Test win on South African soil with that Port Elizabeth victory.

Australia is still way out in front of the rest on 143 ratings points, some 34 clear of its nearest rival.

The ICC Test Championship table is updated only at the end of each series so it is likely we will see some more movement in the coming weeks when the series involving Australia and India as well as New Zealand and Bangladesh come to an end.

ICC Test Ranking (Teams): 1) Australia (143 pts), 2) India (109), 3) Sri Lanka (109), 4) South Africa (108) 5) England (107) 6) Pakistan (94), 7) New Zealand (91), 8) West Indies (73) and 9) Bangladesh (04).


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