Dubai, Feb 18 :
India retained their second position in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings following the Wellington Test, which Tuesday ended in a draw to give New Zealand a 1-0 series win.
But the series result has made Australia’s task of finishing ahead of India on the table before the April 1 cut-off date slightly easier.
India have slipped from 117 ratings points to 112 ratings points, and are ahead of Australia by just one ratings point.
If Australia win the series 1-0, they will rise to 115 ratings points, whereas a 2-0 win will put give them 116 on ratings points.
In contrast, if South Africa bounce back and win the next two Tests, then they will not only retain their pre-series rating of 133 ratings points, but Australia will also remain behind India on 110 ratings points.
South Africa is already guaranteed the number-one position at the April 1 cut-off date and, as such, will retain the mace and will also collect a cheque of $450,000, while the side that finishes second will pocket $350,000, while $250,000 will go to the third-ranked side.
England will collect $150,000 as they will finish fourth at the April 1 cut-off date.
Meanwhile, New Zealand have gained five ratings points following the 1-0 series win over India. They join the West Indies on 87 ratings points. However, they are ranked above the West Indies when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.