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Will India regain 2nd spot in Test ratings?

If India beat England in the three-Test series, starting in Nagpur on Wednesday, the hosts would regain the second spot.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 23:18 IST

If India beat England in the three-Test series, starting in Nagpur on Wednesday, the hosts would regain the second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table.

A 1-0 or 2-1 success for India will take them to 114 rating points and drop England to 111, while a clean sweep by India will lift them to 116 and leave England on 109 -- just one point ahead of Pakistan, the ICC announced here Monday.

Australia lead the table with 129 rating points.

India had surrendered the second position after their 0-1 series loss to Pakistan in the recent three-Test series in Pakistan.

India are currently placed third with 111 - only two points behind England's 113. They have swapped positions twice in the three months.

A 1-0 or 2-1 series win for England, badly struggling with injuries, will be enough to take them six rating points clear of India. And if they win 3-0, they will move to 118 rating points.

If that happens, India will drop down to fourth in the table, below Pakistan.

ICC Test Championship Table

(Read as: Ranking, team, rating points)

1 Australia 129

2 England 113

3 India 111

4 Pakistan 108

5 New Zealand 100

6 South Africa 99

7 Sri Lanka 96

8 West Indies 73

9 Zimbabwe 27

10 Bangladesh 5