New Delhi:India have reclaimed the second position from South Africa in the ICC Test Championship following their success over England in the two-Test series.
India won the first Test in Chennai by six wickets and drew the second in Mohali on Tuesday, enough to earn them two ratings points and go ahead of South Africa in second, a position they had briefly enjoyed after its 2-0 home series victory over Australia recently.
However, South Africa can once again regain second position if they win their current three-match series against Australia by 2-1 or 2-0, or draw it 1-1. Graeme Smith's side can even leapfrog Ricky Ponting's side at the top of the ladder by a fraction of a point if it wins the remaining two Tests to sweep the series 3-0.
On the other side of the coin, if Australia win the last two Tests they will not only widen the gap with South Africa to 15 points but will also dash the Proteas' hopes of regaining the second position from India.
Meanwhile, there was no change in the West Indies' and New Zealand's pre-series points and positions after their two-Test series ended in a 0-0 draw in Napier on Tuesday.
The West Indies's next Test commitment is in February when it hosts England for a four-Test series while New Zealand plays India in its own backyard in a two-Test series in March.