Dubai: India can leapfrog two places to the third spot, if they win the upcoming four-Test series against England by a margin of 2-0 or more.
England, on the other hand, can retain their numero uno Test status if they manage to beat the hosts by 3-0 or even bigger margin in the series starting on November 15 at Ahemedabad.
However, England’s return to the top will depend on some help from rival Australia, who is currently engaged in a three-Test series against South Africa.
If Australia score a win against South Africa by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, then it would become the No. 1-ranked team. But England could displace Michael Clarke’s men from the top if they beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0, a release from the ICC stated on November 12.
If the Australia-South Africa series is drawn level at 0-0 or 1-1, Graeme Smith’s side will retain the top spot.
However, England could displace the Proteas if it can maintain the victory margin to 3-0 or 4-0 over India, the release added.
On the other hand, if South Africa were to win the series against Australia by a margin of 1-0 or better, England could, at best, hope to take the second position if it were to beat India.