The Test championship mace is out of their reach but a plump prize purse of USD 750,000 is at stake when India take on Australia and England clash with New Zealand in their respective series in the days ahead.

South Africa are assured of top place and a prize money of USD 450,000 at the April 1st cut-off date but a further USD 750,000 will be distributed among the teams finishing second (USD 350,000), third (USD 250,000)and fourth (USD 150,000). Australia are currently ranked third and lead fifth-ranked India by 12 ratings points. However, this could potentially change, depending on how the series pans out.

India can move ahead of Pakistan and finish in fourth position if it wins the series by 1-0 or better. To move ahead of Australia, India will lead to win all the four Tests of the series. To be guaranteed second position on the table, Australia need to win the series 2-0 or better. If Australia wins 2-0 and England beats New Zealand 3-0, then both Australia and England will be locked at 119 ratings points but Australia will be ranked above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

Players’ rankings

Australia captain Michael Clarke is occupying second position, six ratings points behind South Africa’s Hashim Amla, while India’s Sachin Tendulkar is in 20th spot. In the Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Australia's Peter Siddle is the highest-ranked bowler in fifth position, with fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson in 18th. For India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is in eighth spot and his fellow spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is in 20th place.

PTI