The humiliating 0-4 whitewash at the hands of Australia on Saturday resulted in India dropping a rung to third spot in the ICC Test rankings with Michael Clarke’s team breathing down their neck just a fraction of a point behind in the table.

India, who entered the series in second place on 118 ratings points, have fallen to 111 ratings points while fourth-ranked Australia have boosted their standing in the championship table after gaining eight ratings points, which put them alongside their rivals, the ICC said in a statement.

However, Dhoni’s men are still ranked above Clarke’s men by a fraction of a point. When the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, India has 111.10 ratings points while Australia is on 110.80 ratings points.

Nevertheless, Australia will have a chance to move ahead of India when they travel to the West Indies in March to play in a three-Test series, which will start in Barbados on April 7.

There, Australia will need to win the series by 1-0 or better to achieve the number three position on the table.

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