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Test table: India, Australia go head to head

Posted on Feb 21, 03:39PM | IBNS

Dubai, Feb 21 : India and Australia will lock horns in a mouth-watering four-Test series starting in Chennai from Friday with one eye on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table.

Although South Africa has already sealed its position as the number-one ranked Test side at the 1 April cut-off date with which it has not only retained the Test mace but has also been assured of a reward of US$450,000, a further US$750,000 is still up for grabs.

This money will be distributed to teams that will finish second (US$350,000), third (US$250,000) and fourth (US$150,000) on the Championship table at the cut-off date.

As such, India and Australia, as well as second-ranked England, which will take on New Zealand in a three-Test series from 6 March, will be aiming to collect points from their respective series which can help them win the increased incentive in the form of prize money which was approved by the ICC Board in 2012 and was aimed to promote Test cricket in the period before the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.

Australia is currently ranked third and leads fifth-ranked India by 12 ratings points. However, this could potentially change, depending how the series pans out.

To be guaranteed second position on the Test Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date, Australia needs win the series 2-0 or better. If Australia wins 2-0 and England beats New Zealand 3-0, then both Australia and England will be locked at 119 ratings points but Australia will be ranked above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

As far as India is concerned, it can move ahead of Pakistan and finish in fourth position at the 1 April cut-off date if it wins the series by 1-0 or better. To move ahead of Australia, India will lead to win all the four Tests of the series.

Meanwhile, both India and Australia boast only one batsman each inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

Australia captain Michael Clarke is occupying second position, six ratings points behind South Africa's Hashim Amla, while India's Sachin Tendulkar is in 20th spot.

Batsmen aiming to break into the top 20 or improve their rankings include Virender Sehwag (22nd), Cheteshwar Pujara (24th), David Warner (25th), Virat Kohli (25th), Shane Watson and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (joint 36th), Phillip Hughes (44th), Ed Cowan (45th), Ravichandran Ashwin (46th) and Matthew Wade (51st).

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia's Peter Siddle is the highest-ranked bowler in fifth position, with fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson in 18th. For India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is in eighth spot and his fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in 20th place.

Bowlers eyeing upward movement include Harbhajan Singh and Nathan Lyon (joint 25th), Ishant Sharma (32nd), James Pattinson (34th) and Mitchell Starc (40th).

The top two positions in the bowlers' list are occupied by South Africa's Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander while Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal is in third position.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, third-ranked Shane Watson is only the player from either side in top five. The list is headed by Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan with Jacques Kallis second.

The player rankings will now be updated as the conclusion of Centurion and Chennai Tests.


Upcoming Fixtures



South Africa v Pakistan

3rd Test - 22-26 Feb, Centurion



India v Australia

1st Test - 22-26 Feb, Chennai

2nd Test - 2-6 Mar, Hyderabad

3rd Test - 14-18 Mar, Mohali

4th Test - 22-26 Mar, Delhi



Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 21 February before the start of India-Australia Test series)



Rank Team Points

1. South Africa 124

2. England 118

3. Australia 117

4. Pakistan 109

5. India 105

6. Sri Lanka 92

7. West Indies 91

8. New Zealand 78

9. Bangladesh 0



Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 167 points and a rating of 42.



(Developed by David Kendix)



Reliance ICC Test Rankings (as on 21 February before the start of India-Australia series)



Batsmen



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 Hashim Amla SA 893 51.75 895 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 Michael Clarke Aus 887 52.54 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

3 S.Chanderpaul WI 879 51.67 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 AB de Villiers SA 851! 49.94 851 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

5 K Sangakkara SL 842 55.80 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

6 Alastair Cook Eng 836 49.42 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

7 Ross Taylor NZ 769 43.57 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

8 Jacques Kallis SA 764 56.10 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

9 Younus Khan Pak 763 51.18 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

10 Kevin Pietersen Eng 759 49.42 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

11 Azhar Ali Pak 738 43.43 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

12 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 724 44.51 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

13 Graeme Smith SA 712 48.87 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

14 Jonathan Trott Eng 709 49.50 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

15 Matt Prior Eng 693 43.19 698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

16= Ian Bell Eng 680 46.71 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

Asad Shafiq Pak 680*! 43.24 680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

18 Marlon Samuels WI 668! 37.36 668 v Ban at Khulna 2012

19 Darren Bravo WI 661* 46.77 709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

20 S Tendulkar Ind 653 54.32 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002



Bowlers



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Ranking

1 Dale Steyn SA 907 22.68 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 Vernon Philander SA 889*! 16.81 889 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

3 Saeed Ajmal Pak 847! 27.03 847 v SA at Cape Town 2013

4 Rangana Herath SL 809 29.95 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

5 Peter Siddle Aus 800 28.51 806 v SL at Hobart 2012

6 James Anderson Eng 759 30.39 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

7 Graeme Swann Eng 755 29.13 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

8 Pragyan Ojha Ind 739* 31.62 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

9 Morne Morkel SA 722 29.97 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 721* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

11 Kemar Roach WI 698* 27.69 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

12 Abdur Rehman Pak 690* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

13 Stuart Broad Eng 657 31.93 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

14 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 641 32.53 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

15 Zaheer Khan Ind 625 32.35 752 v SA at Durban 2010

16 Steven Finn Eng 611* 28.22 621 v SA at Lord's 2012

17 Chris Martin NZ 606 33.81 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18 Mitchell Johnson Aus 600 30.63 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

19 Umar Gul Pak 575 34.06 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

20 R Ashwin Ind 566* 32.41 595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012



All-rounders



Rank Player Team Pts HS Ranking

1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 387 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

2 Jacques Kallis SA 382 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

3 Shane Watson Aus 308/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4 Graeme Swann Eng 288 327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

5 Daniel Vettori NZ 285 412 v Pak at Napier 2009