Test Rankings on the line for India and Australia

Test Rankings on the line for India and Australia
India have to defeat West Indies either 3-0 or 4-0 to retain 112 points.
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Ahead of their respective series against West Indies and Sri LankaIndia and Australia face a prospect of losing points in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings, if they do not record comprehensive wins.

Australia (118 points) and India (112 points) are ranked first and second respectively while Sri Lanka (85 points) and West Indies (65 points) are ranked seventh and eighth respectively.

For India to retain the 112 points or make gains, they have to defeat West Indies either 3-0 or 4-0 while even a victory margin of 3-1 or 2-0 will bring them down to 110 points.

Meanwhile, Australia will need to win by at least 2-0 otherwise they will slip down from their current haul of 118 points.

On the other hand, West Indies and Sri Lanka have a good opportunity to gain significant points if they register series wins in their respective campaigns.

If West Indies win by a margin of 3-1 or 2-0, they will finish with 79 points while India will drop below the three-digit mark to 98 points.

Similarly, if Sri Lanka secure even a 1-0 series victory in the three-match series, they will gain seven points and will have a total of 92 points with Australia slipping to 111 points.

With England and Pakistan already engaged in a four-match Test series, there is expected to be plenty of movement in the rankings table in the coming weeks.

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