The Champion side currently holds a slender lead of just .01 of a point from South Africa, which has gained ground after defeating Bangladesh 2-0 in the first series played between the two teams. Anything less than a win against England will see the Proteas take the lead in the Championship, for the first time since its launch in May 2001.
While a drawn or lost series would drop Australia into second place, the points gained by England would consolidate fifth position, moving it closer to fourth placed Sri Lanka.
Note: India holds a 2-0 lead against West Indies in the current series, and will move into sixth place on the table at the end of the third Test in Kolkata.
ICC Test Championship Table