India holds on to second spot in ICC Test Championship table

Dubai, Jun 8 (UNI) Team India continued to hold on to the second spot in the ICC Test Championship table while Australia maintained its pole position.

India, who trail Australia by 30 points, will get a chance to reduce the gap when they visit fifth placed Sri Lanka next month.

However, there is no danger of the world champions being caught any time soon.

England has moved up one place to third thanks to its 2-0 series win over seventh placed New Zealand at home.

Left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom wrapped up the Black Caps' innings at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, yesterday with six wickets as Daniel Vettori's team was defeated by an innings and nine runs.

That win, coupled with the victory at Old Trafford and the draw at Lord's means England has pushed South Africa to the fourth spot in the Test Championship table.

Michael Vaughan's men are just one point behind India.

Plenty will be at stake in the coming weeks as England and South Africa look to overtake India at the second position.

If South Africa wins the upcoming four-match Test series against England, it could be the one to go into second depending on how the Sri Lanka versus India series pans out. So there is plenty at stake for both England and the Proteas as they prepare for the first Test at Lords on July 10.

Meanwhile, if the West Indies can win the third and final Test against Australia at Barbados starting on June 12, not only will it square the series but it will also gain four ratings points.

That would mean that the men from the Caribbean would stay put in eighth place but the distance between them and New Zealand would be reduced to just seven ratings points.

In that case, Australia would lose four points, cutting the gap with India to 26.

Pakistan are at the sixth spot with minnows Bangladesh languishing at the bottom of the table.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 13:16 [IST]
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