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India regains number two spot in ICC ranking

India today reclaimed the number two spot from South Africa in the ICC Test Championship table by winning the two-Test series against England 1-0.

cricket Updated: Dec 23, 2008 18:52 IST

India on Tuesday reclaimed the number two spot from South Africa in the ICC Test Championship table by winning the two-Test series against England 1-0.

India won the first Test in Chennai by six wickets and drew the second in Mohali today, enough to earn two ratings points and surge ahead of South Africa, a position the Team India had briefly enjoyed after their 2-0 home series victory over Australia recently.

Australia is leading the table with 130 points, followed by India who have 118 points and South Africa (117).

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 level it 1-1. South Africa 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.

On the other side of the coin, 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.

Meanwhile, there was no change in the West Indies' and New Zealand's pre-series points and positions after their two-Test series ended in a 0-0 draw in Napier on Tuesday.