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England chases history and No 1 rank

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 11:27 hrs

Dubai, Nov 12 (IBNS) England begins its pursuit of its first Test series win in India since 1984-85 when the two nations meet in a four-match series, which starts on 15 November in Ahmedabad.

But Alastair Cook's side is not just aiming to end the 27-year wait for success in India, it is also targeting the number-one ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table, just a few months after losing the top spot to South Africa.

However, England's return to the top will be dependent on some help from rival Australia, who is taking on South Africa in a series that began on Friday in Brisbane.



If Australia wins against South Africa by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, then it would become the number-one ranked team. But England could displace Australia from the top if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.

Similarly, if the Australia-South Africa series is drawn level at 0-0 or 1-1, it would see Graeme Smith's side retaining the number-one spot. If this were to happen, England could displace South Africa if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.

Predictor - how England could become number one on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table:

Australia wins 1-0, England wins 3-0

1 England 120

2 Australia 119

Australia wins 1-0, England wins 4-0

1 England 121

2 Australia 119

Australia wins 2-0, England wins 4-0

1 England 121

2 Australia 121 (behind by a fraction of a ratings point)

Australia wins 2-1, England wins 3-0

1 England 120

2 Australia 119

Australia wins 2-1, England wins 4-0

1 England 121

2 Australia 119

Australia-South Africa draw level 0-0, England wins 3-0

1 England 120

2 South Africa 120 (behind by a fraction of a ratings point)

Australia-South Africa draw level 0-0, England wins 4-0

1 England 121

2 South Africa 120

Australia-South Africa draw level 1-1, England wins 3-0

1 England 120

2 South Africa 120 (behind by a fraction of a ratings point)

Australia-South Africa draw level 1-1, England wins 4-0

1 England 121

2 South Africa 120

But if South Africa were to win the series against Australia by a margin or 1-0 or better, England could, at best, hope to take second place if it were to beat India.

For another former number-one ranked side, India, the best position it can achieve is a jump of two places to third if it wins the series against England by 2-0 or better.

Also eyeing improvements in the Championship Table are West Indies and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh plays West Indies in a two-match series with the first Test scheduled to start in Dhaka from 13 November. Also scheduled is Sri Lanka's two-match series against New Zealand from 17 November.

The three series offer the players ample opportunities to eye upward movements in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara tops the batting table and is among a number of batsmen in the top 20 likely to be seen in action during the three upcoming series, along with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (third), Kevin Pietersen (10th), Alastair Cook (11th), Ross Taylor (12th), Thilan Samaraweera (13th), Jonathan Trott (15th), Sachin Tendulkar (16th), Mike Hussey (17th), Ian Bell (18th) and Mahela Jayawardena (19th).

The bowlers' table is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with teammate Vernon Philander at second position and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal in the third position.

Other bowlers among the top 20 who are expected to play in the three series are Rangana Herath (fourth), James Anderson (fifth), Stuart Broad (eighth), Graeme Swann (12th), Shakib Al Hasan (13th), Pragyan Ojha (14th), Zaheer Khan (15th), Steven Finn (16th), Chris Martin (17th) and Ravichandran Ashwin (18th).

Upcoming Fixtures

Bangladesh v West Indies series

13-17 Nov-1st Test, Dhaka

21-25 Nov-2nd Test, Khulna



India v England series

15-19 Nov-1st Test, Ahmedabad

23-27 Nov-2nd Test, Mumbai

5-9 Dec-3rd Test, Kolkata

13-17 Dec-4th Test, Nagpur

Sri Lanka v New Zealand series

17-21 Nov-1st Test, Galle

25-29 Nov-2nd Test, Colombo (SSC)

Reliance ICC Test Championship

Rank Team Rating

1 South Africa 120

2 England 117

3 Australia 116

4 Pakistan 109

5 India 106

6 Sri Lanka 98

7 West Indies 90

8 New Zealand 76

9 Bangladesh 0

(Developed and maintained by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings

Batsmen



Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating



1 K Sangakkara SL 892 56.73 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

2 Hashim Amla SA 869 49.95 872 v Eng at The Oval 2012

3 S Chanderpaul WI 829 50.20 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 Jacques Kallis SA 822 56.94 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

5 AB de Villiers SA 806 48.85 821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

6 Michael Clarke Aus 771 48.77 855 v Eng at Headingley 2009

7 Graeme Smith SA 767 49.78 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

8 Younus Khan Pak 761 51.69 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

9 Azhar Ali Pak 753 45.27 753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

10 Kevin Pietersen Eng 746 49.48 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

11 Alastair Cook Eng 731 47.84 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

12 Ross Taylor NZ 727 41.69 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

13= Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 720 45.68 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

T Samaraweera SL 720 51.29 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

15 Jonathan Trott Eng 719 50.49 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

16 S Tendulkar Ind 714 55.31 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

17 Mike Hussey Aus 705 50.07 921 v WI at Kingston 2008

18 Ian Bell Eng 704 46.83 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

19 M Jayawardena SL 693 50.43 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

20 Ricky Ponting Aus 691 52.75 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating



1 Dale Steyn SA 881 23.50 902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2 Vernon Philander SA 852*! 15.96 852 v Eng at Lord´s 2012

3 Saeed Ajmal Pak 832 27.09 836 v SL at Galle 2012

4 Rangana Herath SL 782 ! 31.72 782 v Pak at Pallekele 2012

5 James Anderson Eng 761 30.39 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

6 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 756* 28.03 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

7 Peter Siddle Aus 740 29.27 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

8 Stuart Broad Eng 727 31.02 783 v WI at Lord´s 2012

9 Morne Morkel SA 724 30.36 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10 Kemar Roach WI 712*! 27.69 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

11 Abdur Rehman Pak 704* 28.40 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12 Graeme Swann Eng 683 29.58 858 v Pak at Lord´s 2010

13 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 678* 31.33 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

14 Pragyan Ojha Ind 675 31.82 675 v NZ at Bengaluru 2012

15 Zaheer Khan Ind 661 32.06 752 v SA at Durban 2010

16 Steven Finn Eng 621*! 28.15 621 v SA at Lord´s 2012

17 Chris Martin NZ 616 33.97 669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

18 R Ashwin Ind 591 26.63 591 v NZ at Bengaluru 2012

19 Ryan Harris Aus 587* 23.63 614 v WI at Bridgetown 2012

20 Umar Gul Pak 584 33.66 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

All-rounders

Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating



1 S Al Hasan Ban 404/*! 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

2 Jacques Kallis SA 390 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

3 Shane Watson Aus 334/* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

4 Stuart Broad Eng 318 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 Daniel Vettori NZ 314 412 v Pak at Napier 2009

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