Australia reduces the gap with third-ranked India to just fraction of a point

Dubai, Jan 28, 2012: THIRD RANKED INDIA, India and Australia have moved in opposite directions in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table after the conclusion of their four-Test series in Adelaide on Saturday. India, which had entered the series in second place on 118 ratings points, has fallen to 111 ratings points while fourth-ranked Australia has boosted its standing in the Championship table after gaining eight ratings points which has put it alongside India on 111 ratings points.

However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is still ranked above Michael Clarke’s men by a fraction of a point. When the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India has 111.10 ratings points while Australia is on 110.80 ratings points. Nevertheless, Australia will have a chance to move ahead of India when it travels to the West Indies in March to play in a three-Test series which will start in Barbados on 7 April. There, Australia will need to win the series by 1-0 or better to achieve number-three position on the Championship table.

Since 16 December 2010 India has dropped from 129 ratings points to 111 ratings points. In the last 13 months, India drew with South Africa (1-1) in South Africa, beat the West Indies in West Indies (1-0), lost 4-0 to England in England, beat the West Indies (2-0) at home before losing 4-0 to Australia in Australia. To find out exactly how the forthcoming Test series will affect the Championship table, please click here.

The Test Championship table, unlike the ODI Championship table, is updated only after the end of the series. The player rankings will be updated after the conclusion of Abu Dhabi and Napier Tests.

Reliance ICC Test Championship table (after the conclusion of Australia and India Test series)

1- England 125

2- South Africa 117

3- India 111

4- Australia 111

5- Pakistan 99

6- Sri Lanka 98

7- West Indies 88

8- New Zealand 83

9- Bangladesh 4

(Zimbabwe will have to play eight Tests in the qualification period before it will have a ranking)

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