"It's not on our mind at all. I'm not saying that to downplay it. We're about to play South Africa next week, we'll get excited about that.
"We're more interested in winning a Test match than where we sit [in the rankings].
"If we focus too much on the other thing, we'll get tripped up and won't be there for very long, and that doesn't interest us either."
Of the South Africa matches, he added: "We love playing Test matches, but we really love playing South Africa, probably because of the amount of respect we've got for them.
"Over history, it's been an outstanding rivalry.
"We're not so much talking about number ones and number twos, we've got a chance to go to Townsville to play a foe we've got a lot of respect for and put ourselves in a pretty nice position in this championship."