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India moves into 2nd place in ICC Test Rankings

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India has gained a place on the ICC Test Team Rankings table after winning the two-Test series against the West Indies 2-0. India had started the series in third position and a 2-0 win has put it in second position. This sets up an interesting two-Test series between number-one ranked South Africa and India to be played next month in Johannesburg and Durban.

India had needed to win the series to move up the ICC Test Team Rankings table. India’s innings and 126 runs win in the second and final Test has helped it gain three ratings points to end at 119 ratings points, three ratings points ahead of England, which faces fifth-ranked Australia in the five-Test series in Brisbane from 21 November.

In contrast West Indies has retained its pre-series sixth-rank but has dropped four ratings points to finish at 95. West Indies is now six ratings points behind fifth-ranked Australia and seven behind fourth-ranked Pakistan.

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017. The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.

The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017.  The results of any Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of any Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.