$750,000 at stake in India-Australia, Eng-NZ series
South Africa are assured of top place and a prize money of $450,000 at the 1 April cut-off date but a further $750,000 will be distributed among the teams finishing second ($350,000), third ($250,000)and fourth ($150,000).
Australia are currently ranked third and lead fifth-ranked India by 12 ratings points. However, this could potentially change, depending how the series, beginning
tomorrow here, pans out.
India can move ahead of Pakistan and finish in fourth position if it wins the series by 1-0 or better. To move ahead of Australia, India will lead to win all the four Tests of the series.
To be guaranteed second position on the table, Australia need to win the series 2-0 or better. If Australia wins 2-0 and England beats New Zealand 3-0, then both Australia and England will be locked at 119 ratings points but Australia will be ranked above England when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.
England-New Zealand three-Test series will begin on March 6 in Dunedin.
Meanwhile, both India and Australia boast only one batsman each inside the top 20 of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Australia captain Michael Clarke is occupying second position, six ratings points behind South Africa¿s Hashim Amla, while India¿s Sachin Tendulkar is in 20th spot.
Batsmen aiming to break into the top 20
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