Kanpur, Nov. 18 (NNN) : India is aiming at the third place in the ICC Test Championship table, for which it needs to win both matches of its forthcoming home Test series against South Africa starting in Kanpur on Saturday, November 20.
Now it has another chance to overtake Pakistan and pull level with England on 109 points if it can win both of its matches against South Africa.
South Africa dropped out of the top two in the official Test table for the first time in August 2004 and currently occupies sixth position. It goes into the series with a rating of 102 and needs a draw to improve this by a point. If South Africa wins this series 1-0 it will overtake India while a 2-0 victory will lift it back up to third with a rating of 107 points.
New Zealand will be looking for a repeat of their last tour of Australia when they held the hosts to a 0-0 series draw. A similar outcome would boost New Zealand's Test rating from 95 to 98 points. If New Zealand can win the series 1-0 it will improve it's rating to 101 points.
The ICC Test Championship table on November 16:
Position Team Rating 1) Australia 128 2) England 109 3) Pakistan 105 4) India 105 5) Sri Lanka 103 6) South Africa 102 7) New Zealand 95 8) West Indies 73 9) Zimbabwe 51 10) Bangladesh. 0.
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