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Australia's cricket team on top

12/11/2004 05:38:06 AM Comments (0)

Australia's recent 2-1 series win over India has left Ricky Ponting's team firmly entrenched at the top of the world's Test cricket standings.

Australia now holds a 19-point lead over second-placed England while Pakistan's 1-1 home series result against Sri Lanka left it in third position.

India and Pakistan remain four points behind England on 105 points after failing to win their recent home series.

However, India will have an opportunity to climb the table in the forthcoming two-Test series against South Africa. A 2-0 win would put India level with England on 109 points.

Australia also heads the one-day standings and is followed by Sri Lanka.

India can close the gap between it and Pakistan in the ICC One-Day International Championship table to three points if it wins the Jubilee Match between the sides in Kolkata on Saturday.

After losing its most recent encounter against Pakistan during the ICC Champions' Trophy 2004, India goes into the match in seventh place with 102 points.

A win would boost its rating to 103 points while Pakistan's rating will drop from 108 to 106 points.

Pakistan is currently in fourth place and must win the one-off match to hold on to that position. Defeat will see it drop below the West Indies and England to sixth.

New Zealand's 3-0 series whitewash over Bangladesh cemented its hold on third position, moving it to within two points of Sri Lanka with 117 points.

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