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SA reclaim number-one Test spot

SA reclaim number-one Test spot

India Blooms News Service | | 29 Jul 2014, 12:35 am
Dubai, July 28 (IBNS): The International Cricket Council (ICC) said South Africa has reclaimed the number-one Test position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Championship after holding Sri Lanka to a draw in the second Test in Colombo on Monday.

The result has given the Proteas a 1-0 series win.

South Africa had entered the two-Test series against Sri Lanka on equal points with Australia (123 ratings points). However, Hashim Amla’s side was ranked below Australia when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point.

"The 1-0 series win has now put South Africa ahead of Australia on 124 ratings points and has also allowed it to regain the position it had surrendered to Michael Clarke’s side on 1 May following the annual Test update," read an ICC statement.

South Africa will now play Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare on Aug 9.

But when Australia travels to the Sheikhdom in October to play Pakistan in the two-Test series, it will aim to get back on top of the tree. And to make it happen, it will have to win the series, be it by a 1-0 or 2-0 margin.

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 28 July, after the conclusion of Sri Lanka-South Africa series)

Rank   Team              Rating   
1          South Africa     124           
2          Australia          123         
3          Pakistan          103 
4          India                102 
5          England           100           
6          Sri Lanka          95             
7          New Zealand     93
8          West Indies      74
9          Zimbabwe         40
10        Bangladesh       21


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