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Australia aims to reduce South Africa’s lead at the top of the table

Australia is currently ranked second on 117 ratings points

Australia aims to reduce South Africa’s lead at the top of the table - Cricket News
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin is in second position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders.
Sixth-ranked India can rise to as high as third         
                                               

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The four-Test series between Australia and India gets underway in Adelaide on 9 December, with the host aiming to reduce South Africa’s lead at the top of the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, and India looking to improve its sixth position.
 
Australia is currently ranked second on 117 ratings points, seven points adrift of the Proteas, while India is 21 ratings points behind in sixth position, on 96 ratings points.  

Michael Clarke’s men must win the series to maintain the side’s hold on the second position and thereby, close the gap with leader South Africa. If Australia is to win the series 4-0, it would close the gap on South Africa to four ratings points, with India dropping to seventh, while a 3-1 win will reduce the Proteas’ lead to six ratings points.
 
In contrast, a 4-0 win for the visitors would see them rise to 107 ratings points, one behind second-placed Australia. A 3-1 series victory, meanwhile, would see it join England on 104 points, although Alastair Cook’s side would hold a slender 0.4 point advantage when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
 
A 2-2 series deadlock will see both sides maintaining their pre-series rankings, although Australia would drop to 114 points while India will rise to 99 ratings points.
 
Number-one ranked South Africa will face West Indies in a three-match Test series that starts on 17 December at Centurion.
 
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Test Rankings Table, please click here.The Test Rankings tables, unlike the ODI and T20I Test Rankings Table, is updated an end of the series.
 
Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner in sixth place will start the series as the highest-ranked batsman from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. The left-hander is five ratings points adrift of South Africa’s Hashim Amla in sixth position.
 
In all, there are three Australia batsmen in the top 20, with Michael Clarke (11th) and Steven Smith (13th) also aiming for upwards movement.
 
Heading into the series, India’s highest-ranked batsmen are Cheteshwar Pujara (17th), Virat Kohli (27th) and MS Dhoni (30th).
 
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Ryan Harris (second) is the highest ranked bowler, 54 points behind number-one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa and two places ahead of his team-mate Mitchell Johnson (fourth).
 
India’s highest-ranked bowler is 28-year-old off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (12th), two rankings spots ahead of Australia’s Peter Siddle.
 
India’s Ashwin is in second position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders, 41 points adrift of Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.  ICC Cricketer of the Year Mitchell Johnson lies in fifth place, 15 points shy of England’s Stuart Broad.
 
Upcoming fixtures
 
Australia v India
9-13 Dec – 1st Test, Adelaide
17-21 Dec – 2nd Test, Brisbane
26-30 Dec – 3rd Test, Melbourne
6-10 Jan – 4th Test, Sydney

South Africa v West Indies
17-21 Dec – 1st Test, Centurion
26-30 Dec – 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
2-6 Jan – 3rd Test, Cape Town
 
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Australia-India Test series)
 
Rank     Team               Rating     
1            South Africa        124       
2            Australia              117
3            England               104       
4            Pakistan               103      
5            Sri Lanka             101       
6            India                      96         
7            New Zealand         94         
8            West Indies           75         
9            Bangladesh           32         
10          Zimbabwe            18          

(Developed by David Kendix)
 
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 7 December, ahead of Australia-India Test series):
 
Batsmen
 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points        Ave        HS Rating
   1           K. Sangakkara     SL           915        58.76     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
   2           AB de Villiers        SA           888        51.02     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
   3           S.Chanderpaul     WI          887        53.10     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
   4           Angelo Mathews  SL           873!       52.65     873 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   5           Hashim Amla       SA           863        51.32     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   6           David Warner       Aus         858        47.47     875 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   7           Younus Khan       Pak         818        53.37     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
   8           Joe Root                Eng         789!       50.94     789 v Ind at The Oval 2014
   9           Ross Taylor          NZ          783        45.95     871 v WI at Hamilton 2013
  10         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         777        49.15     842 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2014 

Selected Rankings

 
Rank      Player                  Team     Points        Ave        HS Rating
  11         Michael Clarke    Aus         755        50.59     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
  13         Steven Smith        Aus         730        40.39     737 v SA at Cape Town 2014
  17         C. Pujara               Ind          691        49.26     851 v SA at Durban 2013
  25         Chris Rogers         Aus         623*      36.06     694 v Eng at Sydney 2014
  27         Virat Kohli            Ind          618        39.46     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  30         MS Dhoni              Ind          607        38.46     662 v SA at Kolkata 2010
  35         Shane Watson      Aus         574        36.25     729 v Eng at Perth 2010
  36         Murali Vijay         Ind          569        36.29     652 v Eng at Lord's 2014
  46         Ajinkya Rahane  Ind          531*      39.88     612 v Eng at The Rose Bowl 2014
  49         Brad Haddin        Aus         518        34.20     637 v WI at Perth 2009
  51         Rohit Sharma       Ind          504*      48.90     578 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  52         R. Ashwin              Ind          503*      38.86     527 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014
  64         Shikhar Dhawan  Ind          429*      38.58     475 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  79         Shaun Marsh        Aus         373*      32.86     432 v SA at Centurion 2014
  89         M. Johnson           Aus         333        22.24     477 v Eng at Lord's 2009
  96         Mitchell Marsh     Aus         316*!    41.00     316 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
Bowlers
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points       Ave        HS Rating
   1           Dale Steyn            SA           907        22.56     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013
   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         853        22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014
   3           Rangana Herath  SL           851!       29.06     851 v Pak at Colombo (SSC) 2014
   4           M. Johnson           Aus         844        27.47     849 v Pak at Dubai 2014
   5           James Anderson  Eng         806        29.72     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
   6           V. Philander          SA           785        21.57     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   7           Stuart Broad         Eng         774        29.90     783 v WI at Lord's 2012
   8           Kemar Roach       WI          768!       25.98     768 v Ban at St Lucia 2014
   9           Trent Boult           NZ          762*      27.85     767 v Ind at Wellington 2014
  10         Tim Southee         NZ          744        30.67     799 v WI at Kingston 2014 

Selected Rankings

 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points        Ave       HS Rating
 12         R. Ashwin              Ind          710        28.65     808 v WI at Mumbai 2013
  14         Peter Siddle           Aus         691        30.20     816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013
  19         Ishant Sharma     Ind          588        36.75     671 v WI at Dominica 2011
  23         Nathan Lyon        Aus         538        35.80     648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013
  28         Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          505*      30.37     570 v SA at Durban 2013
  37         Shane Watson      Aus         412*      31.95     633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
  38         B. Kumar              Ind          409*      30.25     443 v Eng at Old Trafford 2014
  41         Mitchell Starc       Aus         394*      35.34     432 v Eng at The Oval 2013
  47         M. Shami              Ind          361*      36.31     422 v NZ at Wellington 2014
  88         Steven Smith        Aus         181*!    48.00     181 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2014
  97=       Michael Clarke    Aus         132*      37.93     265 v NZ at Wellington 2005
                Varun Aaron        Ind          132*!    47.37     132 v Eng at The Oval 2014
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                                  Team     Points    HS Rating
   1           Shakib Al Hasan                 Ban        398        419 v Zim at Khulna 2014
   2           Ravichandran Ashwin        Ind          357*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013
   3           Vernon Philander                 SA           348*/    376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014
   4           Stuart Broad                         Eng         296        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
   5           Mitchell Johnson                 Aus         281        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

* 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
 
For more information, go to www.relianceiccrankings.com.
 

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