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Opportunity for New Zealand to move up the ladder

Dubai, Feb 4 : New Zealand will go head to head against India in a two-Test series starting in Auckland on Thursday knowing that a series win will help it move in the upward direction in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings.


New Zealand currently sits in eighth position on 82 ratings points and trails second-ranked India by 35 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, New Zealand will gain points if it wins the series.

While New Zealand will aim for an improvement in its ranking, India will strive to retain its second position on the table.

New Zealand will leapfrog the West Indies into seventh position if its wins the series 1-0, while the Black Caps can move ahead of Sri Lanka in sixth place. But that is provided New Zealand beats India 2-0 and Bangladesh wins the second Test against Sri Lanka to draw the series at one-all.

A 1-0 series win for New Zealand will mean it will join West Indies on 87 ratings points but will be ranked in seventh position when the ratings are calculated beyond the ratings points, while India will retain its second position with a loss of five to end on 112 ratings points, just one ahead of third-ranked Australia.

If New Zealand wins the series 2-0, then it will jump to 88 ratings points while India will fall to 110 ratings points. And if Bangladesh wins the Chittagong Test which started on Tuesday, then New Zealand will be ranked sixth, while Sri Lanka will slip behind the West Indies in eighth position.

If the series ends in a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, then both the sides will retain their pre-series rankings.

On the other side of the coin, if India wins the series 1-0 then both sides will retain their pre-series rankings and ratings, while a 2-0 series result will fetch India one ratings points to allow it to end on 118 ratings points with no change in the table.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series.

All eyes on Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor in third position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen starts off as the highest-ranked batsman on either side.

Taylor, on 871 ratings points, is just five behind West Indies' second-ranked batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The series offers Taylor an excellent opportunity to move ahead of Chanderpaul and close in on number-one ranked AB de Villiers.

Cheteshwar Pujara in fifth is the only other batsman in the top 10 featuring in the series.

Virat Kohli in 11th position is the only other batsman to feature in the top 20. He has an excellent opportunity to enter the top 10 for the first time in his career.

Outside the top 20, the batsmen likely to feature in action are Kane Williamson (23rd), MS Dhoni (28th), Brendon McCullum (35th), Murali Vijay (36th), Rohit Sharma (42nd), Ravichandran Ashwin (46th), BJ Watling (47th), Ajinkya Rahane (60th), Hamish Rutherford (61st), Peter Fulton (73rd) and Shikhar Dhawan (90th).

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin in seventh starts off the series as the highest-ranked on either side on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers.

Trent Boult in 10th place is the only other bowler in the top 10 on either side.

Tim Southee in 14th position is the other bowler in the top 20 likely to play the series.

Outside the top 20, the bowlers to watch out are Zaheer Khan (22nd), Ravindra Jadeja (23rd), Ishant Sharma (31st), Neil Wagner (41st), Doug Bracewell (42nd), Corey Anderson (45th) and Williamson (67th).

Forthcoming fixtures

Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

4-8 February: Second Test, Chittagong

New Zealand v India

6-10 February: First Test, Auckland

14-18 February: Second Test, Wellington



Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 4 February, before New Zealand v India series)



Rank Team Rating

1 South Africa 133

2 India 117

3 Australia 111

4 England 107

5 Pakistan 100

6 Sri Lanka 90

7 West Indies 87

8 New Zealand 82

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 18

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 4 February, before New Zealand v India series)



Batsmen



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 AB de Villiers SA 912! 51.71 912 v Ind at Durban 2013

2 S.Chanderpaul WI 876 51.93 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

3 Ross Taylor NZ 871! 47.51 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

4 Hashim Amla SA 868 51.34 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 C Pujara Ind 851*! 66.25 851 v SA at Durban 2013

6 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 824! 48.75 824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

7 K Sangakkara SL 821 56.45 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

8 Michael Clarke Aus 817 51.40 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9 Graeme Smith SA 785 49.56 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

10 Younus Khan Pak 759 51.38 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 Virat Kohli Ind 739* 44.32 748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

12 Angelo Mathews SL 716! 46.12 716 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

13 M Jayawardena SL 714 50.38 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

14 Chris Rogers Aus 694*! 40.42 694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

15 David Warner Aus 683 40.93 741 v Eng at Perth 2013

16 Ian Bell Eng 682 45.41 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

17 Alastair Cook Eng 677 46.51 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

18 Kevin Pietersen Eng 674 47.28 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

19 Jonathan Trott Eng 641 46.45 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

20 Darren Bravo WI 636 44.68 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

23 K Williamson NZ 621! 35.88 621 v WI at Hamilton 2013

28 MS Dhoni Ind 602 38.76 662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

35 B McCullum NZ 575 35.21 673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

36 Murali Vijay Ind 569*! 38.06 569 v SA at Durban 2013

42 Rohit Sharma Ind 533*! 66.60 533 v SA at Durban 2013

46 R Ashwin Ind 511* 39.40 518 v WI at Mumbai 2013

47 BJ Watling NZ 502* 35.40 509 v WI at Wellington 2013

60 Ajinkya Rahane Ind 424*! 43.40 424 v SA at Durban 2013

61 H Rutherford NZ 416* 34.87 454 v Eng at Wellington 2013

73 Peter Fulton NZ 384* 29.18 413 v Eng at Auckland 2013

90 Shikhar Dhawan Ind 335* 45.57 420 v Aus at Mohali 2013

102= Tim Southee NZ 289 18.78 304 v Eng at Headingley 2013

Corey Anderson NZ 289*! 37.00 289 v WI at Hamilton 2013



Bowlers



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 V Philander SA 909 18.00 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

2 Dale Steyn SA 901 22.90 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

3 Ryan Harris Aus 866*! 21.56 866 v Eng at Sydney 2014

4 Saeed Ajmal Pak 787 27.46 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5 Rangana Herath SL 782 30.02 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

6 Peter Siddle Aus 779 28.68 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

7 R Ashwin Ind 759 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

8 M Johnson Aus 743 28.33 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

9 Pragyan Ojha Ind 741 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

10= Stuart Broad Eng 729 30.31 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

Trent Boult NZ 729*! 26.54 729 v WI at Hamilton 2013

12 Morne Morkel SA 707 29.91 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

13 Abdur Rehman Pak 705* 27.75 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

14 Tim Southee NZ 699! 31.44 699 v WI at Hamilton 2013

15 James Anderson Eng 683 30.67 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

16 Kemar Roach WI 649* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

17 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 627* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

18 Junaid Khan Pak 623*! 29.07 623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

19 Nathan Lyon Aus 618 32.52 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

20 S Shillingford WI 613* 32.32 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013



Selected Rankings



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

22 Zaheer Khan Ind 580 32.66 752 v SA at Durban 2010

23 Ravindra Jadeja Ind 570*! 20.90 570 v SA at Durban 2013

31 Ishant Sharma Ind 485 38.81 671 v WI at Dominica 2011

41 Neil Wagner NZ 397*! 37.94 397 v WI at Hamilton 2013

42 Doug Bracewell NZ 383* 36.26 538 v WI at Kingston 2012

45 Corey Anderson NZ 377*! 19.36 377 v WI at Hamilton 2013

67 K Williamson NZ 244* 39.90 291 v Eng at Headingley 2013

79 B Kumar Ind 207* 37.88 211 v WI at Mumbai 2013

89 Ish Sodhi NZ 162* 51.45 177 v WI at Dunedin 2013



All-rounders



Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 R Ashwin Ind 388*/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 357 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 V Philander SA 335*/ ! 335 v Ind at Durban 2013

4 Stuart Broad Eng 291 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 Shane Watson Aus 260/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011



* indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

!indicates career-highest rating

--IBNS (Posted on 04-02-2014)

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