India reclaim second spot from South Africa in Test rankings

December 23rd, 2008 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Dec 23 (IANS) India reclaimed the second position from South Africa in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship after their 1-0 win in the two-match series against England in Mohali Tuesday.India won the first Test in Chennai by six wickets and drew the second to earn two ratings points and go ahead of South Africa in second, a position it had briefly enjoyed after its 2-0 home series victory over Australia recently.

However, South Africa can once again regain second position if it wins its current three-match series against Australia by 2-1 or 2-0, or draws it 1-1. Graeme Smith’s side can even leapfrog Ricky Ponting’s side at the top of the ladder by a fraction of a point if it wins the remaining two Tests to sweep the series 3-0.

But if Australia wins the last two Tests it will not only widen the gap with South Africa to 15 points but will also dash the Proteas’ hopes of regaining the second position from India.

1. Australia 130 rating points
2. India 118
3. South Africa 117
4. Sri Lanka 108
5. England 103
6. Pakistan 100
7. West Indies 81
8. New Zealand 81
9. Bangladesh 0

–Indo-Asian News Service

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