India’s No.1 Test Ranking On The Line in Series Against Australia

Australia could topple India as the number one ranked side in the world if they win all four test matches.

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India are currently ranked number one in test cricket while Australia are placed fifth.

There’s more than just a trophy and bragging rights at stake when India start their four-match test series against Australia on 6 December in Adelaide.

Australia could topple India and take up the top spot in the ICC rankings if they win the series 4-0 but Virat Kohli’s squad needs to just draw one game to ensure they stay number one.

Australia are currently ranked fifth in the world.

In the latest rankings released by the ICC on Monday, there is no change to the top-20 batting list, which is headed by Indian captain Virat Kohli. Banned Australian batsman Steve Smith and Kane Williamson of New Zealand are second and third, respectively. In the rankings for bowlers, Ravindra Jadeja is the best-placed Indian at fifth, while R Ashwin was also unchanged at seventh.

Points at Stake

India are on 116 points, while Australia are on 102 points in the ICC rankings.

"This difference of 14 points means India are expected to win the series comfortably and their failure to do so will result in the Asian side losing points," the ICC stated.

If India win the series 4-0, they will move to 120 points while Australia will drop to 97 points. However, if the series result is reversed, then Australia will move to numero uno position on 110 points and India will slip to third on 108 points (0.065 behind England).

A 3-0 series result in Australia's favour will mean that Kohli's men will be on 109 points and the home side will be on 108 points. A 3-1 series win for Australia means they will finish on 107 points and India will end on 111 points.

(With inputs from PTI)

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