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Australia eyes return to Top 4

Dubai, Nov 19 : Australia starts its quest for regaining the Ashes against England from 21 November in Brisbane with one eye on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.


Australia is currently ranked fifth on the table on 101 ratings points, while England is in third position - 15 ratings points ahead.

Australia can return to the top four by leapfrogging Pakistan if it manages to draw or win the series. Australia can also move ahead of England into third position if it wins the series 4-0 or better.

With the top four sides as of 31 December 2016 qualifying for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship scheduled for 2017, every Test counts towards the qualification.

For England, the series offers an opportunity to reclaim the number two ranking it held till India moved ahead of it last week following its 2-0 win over the West Indies. However, to make that happen, it will have to win the series by 4-0 or better.

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

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke starts the series as the highest-ranked batsman on either side in fifth position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.

In fact, he is the only Australia batsman inside the top 20 with the next highest-ranked batsman being Shane Watson in 32nd spot.

Clarke was last ranked number-one in January 2013 and is currently on 853 ratings points, 56 ratings points behind current number-one ranked AB de Villiers. A productive series with the bat could potentially see Clarke stake a claim for the top spot again.

For England, Ian Bell in 10th position is the highest-ranked batsman with captain Alastair Cook (11th), Kevin Pietersen (13th), Jonathan Trott (15th) and Matt Prior (17th) being the other batsmen ranked inside the top 20.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers Australia boasts of two bowlers - Ryan Harris (sixth), Peter Siddle (seventh) - inside the top 10. All the other Australia bowlers - Nathan Lyon (21st), Mitchell Johnson (23rd), Shane Watson (40th) and James Faulkner (78th) - are ranked outside the top 20.

In contrast, all the England bowlers figure inside the top 40 with Graeme Swann in seventh being the highest-ranked from his side. Among the others, James Anderson (10th), Stuart Broad (11th) and Steven Finn (20th) make up the top 20. Only Chris Tremlett (35th) and Monty Panesar (36th) are ranked outside the top 20.

Fixtures:

Australia v England, The Ashes

21-25 Nov: 1st Test, Brisbane

5-9 Dec: 2nd Test, Adelaide

13-17 Dec: 3rd Test, Perth

26-30 Dec: 4th Test, Melbourne

3-7 Jan 2014: 5th Test, Sydney

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 19 November, before the start of the Ashes)

Rank Team Rating

1 South Africa 131

2 India 119

3 England 116

4 Pakistan 102

5 Australia 101

6 West Indies 95

7 Sri Lanka 88

8 New Zealand 75

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 18

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 19 November, before the start of the Ashes)

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 AB de Villiers SA 909! 51.44 909 v Pak at Dubai 2013

2 Hashim Amla SA 898 52.32 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

3 S.Chanderpaul WI 875 51.71 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 K Sangakkara SL 866 56.98 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

5 Michael Clarke Aus 853 52.08 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

6 C Pujara Ind 801*! 65.50 801 v WI at Mumbai 2013

7 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 783! 46.03 783 v SA at Dubai 2013

8 Graeme Smith SA 771 49.36 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

9 Younus Khan Pak 769 51.17 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

10 Ian Bell Eng 748 46.66 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

11 Alastair Cook Eng 737 47.85 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

12 Ross Taylor NZ 721 42.81 785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

13 Kevin Pietersen Eng 706 48.38 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

14 Jacques Kallis SA 704 55.44 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

15 Jonathan Trott Eng 698 47.39 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

Selected Rankings

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

17 Matt Prior Eng 647 42.36 745 v NZ at Auckland 2013

32 Shane Watson Aus 583 36.12 729 v Eng at Perth 2010

33 Joe Root Eng 580* 40.15 605 v Aus at Lord's 2013

36 David Warner Aus 567 36.86 620 v SL at Melbourne 2012

43 Steven Smith Aus 526*! 34.77 526 v Eng at The Oval 2013

46 Chris Rogers Aus 515* 35.09 526 v Eng at Chester-le-St 2013

56 Jonny Bairstow Eng 456* 30.22 461 v Aus at Chester-le-St 2013

59 Brad Haddin Aus 448 33.97 637 v WI at Perth 2009

72 Stuart Broad Eng 389 24.73 505 v Ind at The Oval 2011

78 Graeme Swann Eng 369 23.40 418 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 Dale Steyn SA 903 22.65 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

2 Vernon Philander SA 899* 17.50 901 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

3 Rangana Herath SL 831 29.52 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

4 Saeed Ajmal Pak 824 26.54 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5 R Ashwin Ind 808! 27.47 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

6 Ryan Harris Aus 782*! 22.26 782 v Eng at The Oval 2013

7= Graeme Swann Eng 760 28.55 858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

Peter Siddle Aus 760 29.11 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

9 Pragyan Ojha Ind 756 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

10 James Anderson Eng 741 30.10 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

11 Stuart Broad Eng 740 30.58 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

12 Abdur Rehman Pak 703* 27.55 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

13 Morne Morkel SA 700 30.23 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

14 Kemar Roach WI 668* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

15 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 659* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

20 Steven Finn Eng 580* 29.40 624 v NZ at Headingley 2013

21 Nathan Lyon Aus 576* 33.23 591 v Eng at Chester-le-St 2013

23 Mitchell Johnson Aus 537 30.93 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

35 Chris Tremlett Eng 460* 26.75 638 v Ind at Lord's 2011

36 Monty Panesar Eng 459 33.78 721 v WI at Chester-le-St 2007

40 Shane Watson Aus 423* 31.92 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

78 James Faulkner Aus 228*! 16.33 228 v Eng at The Oval 2013

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

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

2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 362 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 Jacques Kallis SA 332 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

4 Stuart Broad Eng 288 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 Vernon Philander SA 283*/* 312 v Pak at Centurion 2013

*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 19-11-2013)

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