Dubai, Nov 18 : South Africa will regain second position in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table if it beats Bangladesh 2-0 in the two-match series which gets underway in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
India overtook Graeme Smith's team after beating Australia 2-0 in a recent series but only by a fraction of ratings point and so if the Proteas can win both games against Bangladesh, they will gain one point and move back into second place.
However, even if South Africa wins the series 1-0, it will lose ground on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team and it could even lose as many as seven points if it was to lose the series 2-0.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will gain 14 points if it manages to win the series 2-0 but even if it loses 1-0, it will still earn one point to go with the one it got after its recent two-match series against New Zealand.
Meanwhile, South Africa batsmen Jacques Kallis, Smith, AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince can make further ground up the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen with good showings in the Tests. Kallis in 10th position is currently the highest-ranked Protea and the only batsman from either side in the top 10.
He is closely followed by his captain, Smith, in 12th place while de Villiers is enjoying the highest rating of his career to date in 17th spot and Prince is in 20th position. All are a long way behind number-one batsman and the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2008 Shivnarine Chanderpaul in first place.
South Africa's bowlers are relatively stronger with two - Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini - in the top five. It is unlikely that Steyn will overtake Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran into top spot but the young fast bowler can close that gap with a view to launching an assault on the number-one position in the subsequent Test series against Australia.