Sun, Mar 26, 2017 | updated 03:16 AM IST

India eyeing to retain No.1 spot in Test rankings

Updated: Nov 08, 2016 13:55 IST

Dubai [UAE], Nov.8 (ANI): The Virat Kohli-led side will aim to, at least, draw the upcoming five-match series against England in order to seal their number-one ranking at the end of the year.

In this scenario, India (currently with 115 points) will finish on 113 points and will, thus, be untouchable even if Australia bounces back to win the remaining two Tests against South Africa or Pakistan wins both the Tests against New Zealand.

The top four-ranked Test sides are separated by just 10 points and as these four sides are already or preparing to flex their muscles in the purest format of the game, changes in the upper half of the draw are on the cards depending on how the upcoming series pan out.

A 3-2 series win will lift India to 116 points, a 4-1 series win will put it on 119 points and it will jump to 122 points in case of a 5-0 win.

Similarly, the incentive for Alastair Cook's side, currently with 105 points, is equally high as it will be aiming to move up the order. A 3-2 series win will put them on 108 points, while a 4-1 series win will mean it will move ahead of India to 110 points.

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, England's Joe Root and India's Ajinkya Rahane will start the series as their sides' highest-ranked batsmen. Root is third, just seven points behind second-ranked Kane Williamson of New Zealand, while Rahane is fifth, nine points behind Root.

Other batsmen inside the top 20 and aiming for upward movement include Alastair Cook (11th), Cheteshwar Pujara (13th), Kohli and Jonny Bairstow (joint-15th), while notable batsmen outside the top 20 are Murali Vijay (25th), Moeen Ali (32nd) and Ben Stokes (40th).

In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, India's Ravichandran Ashwin leads the field by a distance. The off-spinner is the only bowler touching the 900-point mark, which, in ranking terms, is considered as outstanding.

The opening Test, which will be played from Wednesday in Rajkot, will also be a big occasion for Stuart Broad, who is set to become England's 14th player to complete a century of Tests.

In the absence of James Anderson, Broad will be his side's highest-ranked bowler in fifth position, trailing his England team-mate James Anderson by 32 points.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is the other India bowler to feature inside the top 20 in seventh position (16 points behind Broad), while England's Chris Woakes is in 19th position.

Bowlers aiming to break into the top 20 include Stokes (21st), Ishant Sharma (23rd), Mohammed Shami (26th) and Steven Finn (29th).

Ashwin is also enjoying number-one position in the ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders. He is 133 points clear of Moeen Ali, who is ranked third.(ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): It is every cricketer's dream to be acknowledged by Sachin Tendulkar, and spinner Kuldeep Yadav who made his Test debut against Australia today, was showered with praises by the cricket legend as he weaved a wrist spinner's web around the tourists during the decisive fourth Test in Dharamsala.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): The England Cricket Board (ECB) has hired former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq as a spin consultant for a period of two years.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar. 25 (ANI): Calling for no mercy against anyone involved in corrupt practices within cricket, Pakistan's Test Captain Misbah-ul Haq on Friday called for life bans and strict enforcement of laws against the players involved in match-fixing or spot fixing.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Being injured did not stop skipper Virat Kohli from being there for his boys on the field as they took on Australia in the fourth deciding Test in Dharamsala today.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Ajinkya Rahane is leading India in the deciding Test against Australia in Dharamsala, as skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out following a shoulder injury, causing a major blow to the hosts.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): Fast bowler Mohammed Shami and Mumbai top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer have been included in the Indian team for the series-decider Test match against Australia.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Mar.24 (ANI): Discarded batsman Sharjeel Khan has appeared before the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Anti-Corruption Tribunal (ACT) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) as part of the ongoing investigation into the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.24 (ANI):International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar has today agreed to defer his recent resignation following the board resolution requesting him to remain in the post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, have made rapid progress in the past two years and much of this success needs to be attributed to the new approach adopted in terms of training, feels senior team coach Arjun Halappa.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release funds to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to host the fourth and the final Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala as per the schedule.

Full Story >>

Dubai [UAE], Mar.24 (ANI): The West Indies and Pakistan will square-off in a four-match series starting in Bridgetown on Sunday with a chance to move up to third position in the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala [India], Mar.24 (ANI): The Australian cricket team on Friday visited Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his adopted home in McLeod Ganj before the training session.

Full Story >>

Back injury forces Tomic out of Miami Open

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 13:46 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], Mar.24 (ANI): Australian controversial tennis player Bernard Tomic has pulled out of the Miami Open due to a back injury.

Full Story >>

Dharamsala [India], Mar.24 (ANI): While the uncertainty surrounding Virat Kohli's availability for the series-deciding Test against Australia continued, the skipper on Friday made it clear that he would play the match in Dharamsala only if he is 100 percent fit.

Full Story >>

De Kock cleared to play Hamilton Test

Updated: Mar 24, 2017 12:13 IST

Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar.24 (ANI): South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has been cleared to play in the final Test of the three-match series against New Zealand in Hamilton, despite suffering tendon damage in his right index finger.

Full Story >>

Hamilton [New Zealand], Mar.24 (ANI): In a major blow to New Zealand, pace spearhead Trent Boult has been ruled out of the final Test of the three-match series against South Africa in Hamilton after failing to recover from a leg injury.

Full Story >>

Buenos Aires [Argentina], Mar.24 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi converted a penalty corner into a goal in the first-half as Argentina edged past Chile 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying clash at the River Plate Stadium here on Friday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The All India Senior Selection Committee have named replacements for Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav who have been ruled out of the Paytm Prof D.B. Deodhar Trophy 2017 due to an injury.

Full Story >>

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The RPS has roped in South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir after Australia and Rising Pune Supergiant all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the 10th edition of the VIVO IPL owing to a shoulder injury.

Full Story >>

Kolkata [India], Mar 23 (ANI): The 'Rendez-Vous a Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines' returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities.

Full Story >>