2nd spot in ICC Test rankings to add motivation for Proteas

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Dubai, Mar 25 (UNI) South Africa will look to regain their second spot in the LG ICC Test Teams and that will be an added motivation for the Proteas when they take on India in the three-Test series that begins tomorrow.

However, the task will not be an easy one for the South African side against the Indian team which will play in its own den and is just back from a fresh series' win Down Under.

If South Africa wins the three-Test series 1-0 or 2-1, it will move ahead of India into second place while a drawn series of any kind (0-0 or 1-1) or an Indian victory will make sure that Anil Kumble's team retains the second position.

But A 3-0 series win for India will gain four ratings points for the home side, thus closing the gap on Australia (26 pts) which is at the top spot.

On the other hand, a 3-0 series win for the visitors will mean 27 points stand between them and the world champions, Australia.

A 0-3 loss could result India to drop as low as the fifth spot provided England does not lose the third and final Test against New Zealand.

Same is the case with the touring South Africans, who too, can drop to the fifth spot if they lose the series 0-3 to India.

In players ranking, India's Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, all have possibilities to make good improvents in top 20 depending on how they face the South African pace attack.

South African all-rounder Jaques Kallis, too, will look to claim the spot for top ranked player. The 32-year-old is currently on 899 ratings points, in joint-third position with Ponting and 34 points behind leader Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.

In the top 20 bowlers, Kumble and Irfan Pathan of India while Makhaya Ntini and Kallis of South Africa can make their moves up the rankings.

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