Dubai, Nov 12: India have a chance to jump two places to third in the ICC Test Rankings if they win the series against England by 2-0 or better. However, England have a chance to return to top of the table if they upset hosts in the four-match series which begins in Ahmedabad on November 15.
India cannot reach the pinnacle again during this series and only chance they have is to reach number three position in the rankings, according to predictor table in ICC's media release.
Alastair Cook's side are not just aiming to end the 27-year wait for success in India, they are also targeting the number-one ranking, just a few months after losing the top spot to South Africa.
However, England's return to the top will be dependent on some help from rivals Australia, who are taking on South Africa in a series that began on Friday in Brisbane.
If Australia win against South Africa by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, then it would become the number-one ranked team. But England could displace Australia from the top if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.
Similarly, if the Australia-South Africa series is drawn level at 0-0 or 1-1, it would see Graeme Smith's side retaining the number-one spot. If this were to happen, England could displace South Africa if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.
But if South Africa were to win the series against Australia by a margin or 1-0 or better, England could, at best, hope to take second place if it were to beat India.
Also eyeing improvements in the Championship Table are West Indies and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh play West Indies in a two-match series with the first Test scheduled to start in Dhaka from 13 November. Also scheduled is Sri Lanka's two-match series against New Zealand from 17 November.