India vs Australia 1st Test: No.1 spot in ICC rankings at stake, who will become No.1 Virat Kohli’s men or Tim Paine’s army?

India vs Australia 1st Test – ICC World No. 1 Ranking on Line : Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue and Tim Paine’s Yellow Army will square off for the 1st Test in Adelaide. With one trophy each in kitty for India and Australia — the former won T20 series, while the latter won ODI series — the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will decide which team was the best in this two-month long tour. The 1st Test will be an important one as it will be India’s first day-night Test internationally. Both the teams will lock horns at 9:30 am (IST) with ICC Test Ranking’s World No.1 spot at stake.

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According to the world rankings, Australia are currently ranked at the top with 116 rating points. New Zealand is No.2 with a point less. At No.3 is India with 114 points.

Current Test Rankings —

POS TEAM RATING
1  Australia 116
2  New Zealand 115
3  India 114
4  England 106
5  Sri Lanka 91
6  South Africa 90
7  Pakistan 85
8  West Indies 79
9  Bangladesh 55
10  Zimbabwe 18

 

Here are the different scenarios and how it will affect the ICC Test Rankings

Scenario 1: If India win —

This is where things get interesting. India need just one win to jump two spots and claim the No.1 spot. They will get four points for the win while Australia will lose three and move to the third spot.

POS TEAM RATING
1  India 118
2  New Zealand 115
3  Australia 113
4  England 106
5  Sri Lanka 91
6  South Africa 90
7  Pakistan 85
8  West Indies 79
9  Bangladesh 55
10  Zimbabwe 18

 

Scenario 2: If Australia wins – 

A lose can put them a difficult situation as well. While Australia will retain their No.1 spot with 119 points, India will lose two points taking their total to 111 points. With this they would lose crucial lead over England who are fourth with 106 points.

POS TEAM RATING
1  Australia 119
2  New Zealand 115
3  India 111
4  England 106
5  Sri Lanka 91
6  South Africa 90
7  Pakistan 85
8  West Indies 79
9  Bangladesh 55
10  Zimbabwe 18

 

Scenario 3: If the match ends in a draw —

If the match ends in a draw, then also India will climb up in the table and take the second spot just one point behind the Aussies. The battle for the World No.1 spot would then move to Melbourne Cricket Ground where the 2nd Test will be played starting December 26.

POS TEAM RATING
1  Australia 116
2  India 115
3  New Zealand 115
4  England 106
5  Sri Lanka 91
6  South Africa 90
7  Pakistan 85
8  West Indies 79
9  Bangladesh 55
10  Zimbabwe 18

 

It is worth noting that New Zealand can also become No.1 if they beat West Indies in the ongoing 2nd Test. But the condition is India, Australia match has to end in a draw

Meanwhile, good news for India is Rohit Sharma has been declared fit and will be flying down to Australia for the Test series.

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