13-Nov-2012 05:05:00 GMT
England in India 2012-13
England Looks Regain No. 1 Rank
Mumbai: England begin pursuit of their first Test series win in India since 1984-85 when the two nations meet in a four-match series, which starts on November 15 in Ahmedabad.
But Alastair Cook's side is not just aiming to end the 27-year wait for success in India. They are also targeting the number-one ranking in the ICC Test Championship table, just a few months after losing the top spot to South Africa.
However, England's return to the top will be dependent on some help from rival Australia, who is taking on South Africa in a series that began on Friday in Brisbane.
If Australia win against South Africa by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, then it would become the number-one ranked team. But England could displace Australia from the top if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.
Similarly, if the Australia-South Africa series is drawn level at 0-0 or 1-1, it would see Graeme Smith's side retaining the number-one spot. If this were to happen, England could displace South Africa if it were then to beat India by a margin of 3-0 or 4-0.