India moves to second spot in ICC rankings

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Dubai, Nov 10 (UNI) With the 172-run win over Australia today, India not only reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-0 but the hosts also rose to the second spot in the ICC Test Championship table.

India wrapped up a 172-run win on day five of the fourth Test at Nagpur and in the process gained seven ratings points to draw level with South Africa on 116.

However, South Africa slipped just below India to the third position by a fraction of a ratings point.

This is the first time since a rain-affected tour to Sri Lanka in 1999 that Australia has lost a series without winning a single match and as a result of the 2-0 defeat, Ricky Ponting's men have lost nine ratings points to fall below 130 for the first time since April 2006.

The Proteas will have an opportunity to reclaim the second place if they win both the Tests in the upcoming two-match series against Bangladesh.

But the next few months could see a lot shuffling in the rankings as India also has a two-Test series coming up against England that begins on December 10, while Australia and South Africa also play six Tests against each other.

It was also the first time since 2001 that Australia has played an entire series without winning a match.

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