Australia Eye Test Supremacy, Top Rank in Series Against Pakistan

Australia need to defeat Pakistan in both Tests to overtake South Africa in the ICC Test rankings.

updated: October 21, 2014 18:17 IST
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Michael Clarke's performance is key to Australia's fortunes against Pakistan in UAE.

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Dubai: Australia have a chance to reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings when they face host Pakistan in the two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts on Wednesday in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here.

A two-nil series win over Pakistan will lift Michael Clarke's charges to the top of the summit - one point clear of South Africa, who currently hold top spot. A one-nil series victory will move Australia to join South Africa level on 124 points, but the Proteas will continue to hold the slenderest of 0.24 of an advantage. (Pakistan have a chance to leapfrog India in Test rankings)

In contrast, a one-nil victory for sixth-place Pakistan, who currently lie level on points with India, will move up two ratings places to fourth, while a 2-0 win will push them even further up the ladder into third place, 12 points behind Australia, who will lose further ground on South Africa.

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