Bangalore, Dec 3: India can move to third position in ICC Test rankings if they win the ongoing series against England by 3-1 margin. Victories in the remaining two Tests will also ensure that they go above arch rivals Pakistan.
In the latest ICC Test rankings announced on Monday, South Africa have retained number one status after 1-0 series win over Australia in Perth. They have 123 rating points followed by England in second with 117. Australia is third with 114. India are fifth (106) a place below Pakistan (109).
If India win the remaining two Tests in Kolkata (starting December 5) and Nagpur (December 13), they will go ahead of England, by 0.01 point, an ICC media release stated on Monday. At the moment, the four-match India-England series is tied 1-1.
If India win the series 3-1, then MS Dhoni-led side will have 111.59 ratings points while England will have 111.58. That will push Australia (114) to number two and India will jump to three and England will fall to fourth from second.
However, if England win the remaining two Tests, then they will rise to 119 ratings points and India will drop to 103 ratings points. In case of a drawn series, England will drop two points while India will gain two points. In such scenario, India will remain static at fifth, as it is now in the latest rankings.
A total of US $3.8m in prize money will be shared among the top four sides on 1 April 2013, 2014 and 2015, after the ICC Board approved a proposal earlier this year to substantially increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket in the period leading up to the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.
Previously, the top team in the ICC Test rankings received a cheque for $175,000, but, from 2013, it will receive a minimum of $450,000, rising to $500,000 in 2015. From 2016 there will be further increases in Test prize money.
Reliance ICC Test Championship table (after the conclusion of Australia-South Africa Test series)
(Read as Rank, Team, Points)
1. South Africa 123
2. England 117
3. Australia 114
4. Pakistan 109
5. India 106
6. Sri Lanka 96
7. West Indies 91
8. New Zealand 79
9. Bangladesh 0