England and India seek improvement in Test Rankings

MUMBAI: The five-Test series between England and India gets underway in Nottingham on Wednesday 9 July, with both sides aiming to improve their rankings in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.

As things stand at present, India occupies fourth position with 102 ratings points, while England is one spot behind with 100 ratings points. Depending upon the outcome of the Test series, both teams can go as high as number three or drop to as low as number seven.

For India, the equation is straightforward: a series win will be sufficient to help it leapfrog Pakistan into third position.

However, a vault up the rankings is a bit trickier for England, which needs to win the series by a difference of no less than two Tests to take on third place. Victory by just one Test will help it swap places with India.

Meanwhile, both teams can potentially drop to number seven. If India wins all five Tests, then Alastair Cook’s side will plummet to seventh position, while a 4-1 series result will see England slip to sixth. Conversely, if England wins the series by 4-0 or better, then India will drop to seventh spot.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The ODI and T20I Rankings tables, unlike the Test Rankings Table, are updated after every match.

Movement is also expected on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.

India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, static in seventh place, will have the opportunity to break into the top five, while Virat Kohli, who currently occupies tenth position, will have the chance to consolidate his place in the top 10.

Pujara trails fifth-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by 35 ratings points, while Kohli needs 16 ratings points to both move ahead of Ross Taylor of New Zealand and also break the 800-point barrier.

Ian Bell, in 18th place, is the only batsman from England to find a place amongst the top 20.

Outside the top 20, batsmen likely to be seen in action from both the sides are Alistair Cook (21st), Joe Root (26th), MS Dhoni (29th), Matt Prior (32nd), Rohit Sharma (33rd), Murali Vijay (42nd), Ajinikya Rahane (45th) and Shikhar Dhawan (50th).

Gary Ballance and Sam Robson, who did well for England against Sri Lanka, are in 83rd and 94th places, respectively.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin in seventh position is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers. James Anderson (12th) and Stuart Broad (14th) are the other bowlers to feature inside the top 20.

Other bowlers to watch out for are Ishant Sharma (23rd), Ravindra Jadeja (26th), Mohammed Shami (33rd), Ben Stokes (46th), Liam Plunkett (50th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (73rd) and Chris Woakes (118th).


In the All-rounders’ table, Ashwin (second) and Stuart Broad (fifth) feature in the top five.

Series schedule:

9-13 July – 1st Test, Nottingham

17-21 July – 2nd Test, Lord’s

27-31 July – 3rd Test, Southampton

7-11 August – 4th Test, Manchester

15-19 August – 5th Test, The Oval

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table

Rank   Team              Rating     

1          Australia          123            

2          South Africa   123           

3          Pakistan           103  

4          India                102   

5          England           100             

6          Sri Lanka         96              

7          New Zealand  93

8          West Indies     74

9          Zimbabwe       40

10        Bangladesh     21

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      Player                   Team     Points                    Ave         HS Rating

   1           AB de Villiers        SA           922        51.94      935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014

   2           K Sangakkara      SL           896        58.63      938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

   3           Hashim Amla       SA           873        51.35      907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

   4           David Warner       Aus         871!       46.54     871 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   5           S.Chanderpaul     WI          854        51.88      901 v NZ at Napier 2008

   6           Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         824!       48.75     824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

   7           C Pujara                                Ind          819*      58.92      851 v SA at Durban 2013

   8           Michael Clarke    Aus         818        51.50      900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

   9           Ross Taylor          NZ          795        46.43      871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

  10         Virat Kohli            Ind          784!       46.51     784 v NZ at Wellington 2014

Selected Rankings

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

  18         Ian Bell                  Eng         657        45.12      822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  21         Alastair Cook       Eng         633        45.90     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012 

  26         Joe Root                                Eng         610*      41.86      630 v SL at Lord's 2014

  29         MS Dhoni              Ind          604        38.77      662 v SA at Kolkata 2010 

  32         Matt Prior              Eng         583        41.00      745 v NZ at Auckland 2013

  33         Rohit Sharma       Ind          578*!    56.87      578 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  42         Murali Vijay         Ind          530*      35.24      569 v SA at Durban 2013 

  45         Ajinkya Rahane  Ind          513*!    47.37      513 v NZ at Wellington 2014 

  50         S Dhawan             Ind          475*!    48.54      475 v NZ at Wellington 2014

  83         Gary Ballance      Eng         334*!    45.20      334 v SL at Headingley 2014

  94         Sam Robson         Eng         305*!    42.75      305 v SL at Headingley 2014

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank      Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

   1           Dale Steyn            SA           898        23.01      908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

   2           Ryan Harris          Aus         870!       22.56     870 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   3           V Philander           SA           865        20.11      912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

   4           M Johnson            Aus         844!       27.42     844 v SA at Cape Town 2014

   5           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         787        27.46      855 v Zim at Harare 2013

   6           Tim Southee         NZ          783        29.83      799 v WI at Kingston 2014

   7           R Ashwin               Ind          744        28.50      808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   8           Rangana Herath  SL           739        30.51      838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   9           Trent Boult           NZ          737*      27.45      767 v Ind at Wellington 2014

  10=       Kemar Roach       WI          733!       27.04     733 v NZ at Bridgetown 2014

                Peter Siddle           Aus         733        29.37      816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Ave         HS Rating

  12         (-2)          J Anderson            Eng         731        30.36      813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

  14         (-1)          Stuart Broad         Eng         719        30.43      783 v WI at Lord's 2012

23           Ishant Sharma     Ind          548        37.56      671 v WI at Dominica 2011

   26        Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          507*      26.30      570 v SA at Durban 2013

   33        M Shami               Ind          422*!    29.48      422 v NZ at Wellington 2014

   46        Ben Stokes            Eng         305*      32.80      311 v Aus at Sydney 2014 

   50        Liam Plunkett      Eng         286*!    36.67      286 v SL at Headingley 2014 

   73        B Kumar               Ind          203*      37.88      211 v WI at Mumbai 2013

  118=     Chris Woakes       Eng         7*          96.00     8 v Aus at The Oval 2013


Rank      Player                   Team     Points    HS Rating

   1           Vernon Philander SA           376*/ !  376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

   2           R Ashwin               Ind          373*/    419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

   3           Shakib Al Hasan Ban        364        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

   4           Mitchell Johnson Aus         280        384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

   5           Stuart Broad         Eng         274        382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

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