The ongoing series has got yet another reason to make things interesting for both the sides before heading to Boxing Day Test. The series victory against Australia would help India to consolidate their position at the top of the ICC Test Rankings chart. On the other side, the hosts are also looking for a victory after tasting a lot of disappointments in the recent past.
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Currently, across the globe, a lot of red-ball cricket is carrying out, which makes things interesting. As many as, six top-playing nations are being involved in the bilateral series. Each series victory by any side is going to make an impact on the rankings, with only a few points difference between each side.
Six Nations are involved in the bilateral Test series:
All three series have a bearing on the top five positions. With South Africa having the advantage of knowing what they can reap rewards in home conditions.
Currently placed third, South Africa have a chance to leapfrog England to second place. But also, faces the danger of being overtaken by their rivals Pakistan and slipping to sixth place.
South Africa are two points behind England and a 2-0 win will take them to 108 points and above England on decimal points. A 3-0 win will carry South Africa to 110 points, and to within one point of India, should India lose the remaining two matches to Australia. On the other hand, a 3-0 series loss will see South Africa drop to 99 points with Pakistan reaching 100 points.
In the other ongoing Test series, New Zealand, who had a chance to go up to 109 points and second place with a 2-0 series win, will now be looking to reach 107 points by winning the second match after the opening match ended in a draw.
Sri Lanka will be on 91 points in such a scenario but go up to 96 if they win the second Test. New Zealand will slip to 100 points if they lose. All in all, an intriguing cricket is on its way for the cricketing fanatics.