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Series win would make India No. 2 in Test rankings

LONDON, OCT. 6. India can move to second place in the ICC Test Championship table if it can bag the four-Test series against Australia, which got underway in Bangalore today.

India had never been higher than fourth in the official Test table, but this series provides an opportunity for it to close to within four points of leader Australia.

If India can win all the four matches it's rating would climb from 104 to 115 while Australia's would fall from 129 to 119. A narrower winning margin would obviously leave a bigger gap between the sides but even if India only wins the series by a one Test margin (1-0 or 2-1) it will boost its rating to 111, still good enough for second place.

Such has been Australia's overall dominance of Test cricket over recent years that even if the series is drawn, India will go up from fourth to third while Australia's rating will fall from 129 to 126.

The ICC Test championship table (Position Team Rating): 1. Australia 129 points, 2. England 109, 3. Pakistan 107, 4. India 104, 5. Sri Lanka 103, 6. South Africa 102, 7. New Zealand 94, 8. West Indies 73, 9. Zimbabwe 51, 10. Bangladesh 1. — UNI

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