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England and India seek improvement in Test Rankings

Both teams, on the flipside, can also potentially drop to number seven

England and India seek improvement in Test Rankings - Cricket News
Victory by just one Test will help England swap places with India.
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The five-Test series between England and India gets underway in Nottingham on Wednesday 9 July, with both sides aiming to improve their rankings in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.

As things stand at present, India occupies fourth position with 102 ratings points, while England is one spot behind with 100 ratings points. Depending upon the outcome of the Test series, both teams can go as high as number three or drop to as low as number seven.

For India, the equation is straightforward: a series win will be sufficient to help it leapfrog Pakistan into third position.

However, a vault up the rankings is a bit trickier for England, which needs to win the series by a difference of no less than two Tests to take on third place. Victory by just one Test will help it swap places with India.

Meanwhile, both teams can potentially drop to number seven. If India wins all five Tests, then Alastair Cook’s side will plummet to seventh position, while a 4-1 series result will see England slip to sixth. Conversely, if England wins the series by 4-0 or better, then India will drop to seventh spot.

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.

Movement is also expected on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, static in seventh place, will have the opportunity to break into the top five, while Virat Kohli, who currently occupies tenth position, will have the chance to consolidate his place in the top 10.

Pujara trails fifth-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by 35 ratings points, while Kohli needs 16 ratings points to both move ahead of Ross Taylor of New Zealand and also break the 800-point barrier.

Ian Bell, in 18th place, is the only batsman from England to find a place amongst the top 20.

Outside the top 20, batsmen likely to be seen in action from both the sides are Alistair Cook (21st), Joe Root (26th), MS Dhoni (29th), Matt Prior (32nd), Rohit Sharma (33rd), Murali Vijay (42nd), Ajinikya Rahane (45th) and Shikhar Dhawan (50th).

Gary Ballance and Sam Robson, who did well for England against Sri Lanka, are in 83rd and 94th places, respectively.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in seventh position is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. James Anderson (12th) and Stuart Broad (14th) are the other bowlers to feature inside the top 20. 

Other bowlers to watch out for are Ishant Sharma (23rd), Ravindra Jadeja (26th), Mohammed Shami (33rd), Ben Stokes (46th), Liam Plunkett (50th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (73rd) and Chris Woakes (118th).

In the All-rounders’ table, Ashwin (second) and Stuart Broad (fifth) feature in the top five.

Series schedule:

9-13 July – 1st Test, Nottingham
17-21 July – 2nd Test, Lord’s
27-31 July – 3rd Test, Southampton
7-11 August – 4th Test, Manchester
15-19 August – 5th Test, The Oval

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table
 
Rank Team Rating
1 Australia 123
2 South Africa 123
3 Pakistan 103
4 India 102
5 England 100
6 Sri Lanka 96
7 New Zealand 93
8 West Indies 74
9 Zimbabwe 40
10 Bangladesh 21

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings
 
Batsmen (top 10)
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points      Ave         HS Rating
   1           AB de Villiers       SA           922        51.94      935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   2           K Sangakkara      SL           896        58.63      938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   3           Hashim Amla       SA           873        51.35      907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   4           David Warner       Aus         871!       46.54     871 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   5           S.Chanderpaul     WI          854        51.88      901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   6           Misbah-ul-Haq     Pak         824!       48.75     824 v SL at Sharjah 2014
   7           C Pujara             Ind          819*      58.92      851 v SA at Durban 2013
   8           Michael Clarke    Aus         818        51.50      900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
   9           Ross Taylor         NZ          795        46.43      871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  10         Virat Kohli            Ind          784!       46.51     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank      Player               Team     Points        Ave            HS Rating
  18         Ian Bell                Eng         657        45.12      822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
  21         Alastair Cook       Eng         633        45.90     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012 
  26         Joe Root              Eng         610*      41.86      630 v SL at Lord's 2014
  29         MS Dhoni            Ind          604        38.77      662 v SA at Kolkata 2010 
  32         Matt Prior            Eng         583        41.00      745 v NZ at Auckland 2013
  33         Rohit Sharma       Ind          578*!    56.87      578 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  42         Murali Vijay          Ind          530*      35.24      569 v SA at Durban 2013 
  45         Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          513*!    47.37      513 v NZ at Wellington 2014 
  50         S Dhawan            Ind          475*!    48.54      475 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  83         Gary Ballance      Eng         334*!    45.20      334 v SL at Headingley 2014
  94         Sam Robson        Eng         305*!    42.75      305 v SL at Headingley 2014
 
 
Bowlers (top 10)
 
Rank           Player            Team       Points       Ave              HS Rating
   1           Dale Steyn            SA           898        23.01      908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         870!        22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   3           V Philander           SA           865       20.11      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   4           M Johnson            Aus         844!       27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787        27.46      855 v Zim at Harare 2013
   6           Tim Southee         NZ          783        29.83      799 v WI at Kingston 2014
   7           R Ashwin             Ind          744        28.50      808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   8           Rangana Herath    SL           739       30.51      838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
   9           Trent Boult           NZ          737*      27.45      767 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  10=       Kemar Roach        WI          733!       27.04     733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014
                Peter Siddle        Aus         733        29.37      816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
 
Selected Rankings
 
Rank      (+/-)            Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating
  12         (-2)          J Anderson                 Eng         731        30.36      813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
  14         (-1)          Stuart Broad               Eng         719        30.43      783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   23                       Ishant Sharma             Ind          548        37.56      671 v WI at Dominica 2011
   26                       Ravindra Jadeja           Ind          507*       26.30      570 v SA at Durban 2013
   33                        M Shami                    Ind          422*!      29.48      422 v NZ at Wellington 2014
   46                        Ben Stokes                Eng         305*      32.80      311 v Aus at Sydney 2014 
   50                        Liam Plunkett             Eng         286*!     36.67      286 v SL at Headingley 2014 
   73                        B Kumar                    Ind          203*      37.88      211 v WI at Mumbai 2013
  118=                     Chris Woakes             Eng         7*          96.00     8 v Aus at The Oval 2013
 
All-rounders
 
Rank      Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating
   1           Vernon Philander    SA           376*/ !  376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   2           R Ashwin               Ind          373*/     419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   3           Shakib Al Hasan     Ban        364        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
   4           Mitchell Johnson     Aus         280       384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
   5           Stuart Broad           Eng         274       382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
 
  Indicates career-highest rating
* 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.

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