Dubai: India retained its second position on the ICC Test team rankings following the drawn Wellington Test, which ended in a draw to give New Zealand - up by a place to seventh in rankings - a 1-0 series win. The result though has made Australia's task of finishing ahead of India on the table before the 1 April cut-off date, slightly easier.
India has slipped from 117 rating points to 112 rating points, and is ahead of Australia by just one rating point. This means Australia, which leads South Africa 1-0 in the three-Test series, now needs minimum of a draw in the series to move ahead of India. (Also read: Despite defeat, Dhoni says happy with Indian bowlers)
If Australia wins the series 1-0, it will rise to 115 ratings points, whereas a 2-0 win will put it on 116 rating points.