Amla closes in on number-one batting ranking
Posted by: CSA on Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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Proteas batsman Hashim Amla has moved within striking distance of claiming the number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen for the first time in his career.

Amla has moved up a place to second in the latest rankings that were released on Tuesday, a day after South Africa’s innings and 193 runs win over New Zealand at Port Elizabeth in the second and final Test. This victory gave South Africa a 2-0 series win over New Zealand.

Amla stroked 110 in the Port Elizabeth Test and earned eight rating points which, in turn, has helped him achieve a career-best 886 ratings points.

Amla is now just one rating point behind Australia captain Michael Clarke and will have a shot at the coveted position when he takes on Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series in Johannesburg on 1 February. In contrast, Clarke only returns to the Test arena on 22 February when Australia faces India in the first Test of the four-match series in Chennai.

The two other centurions of the Port Elizabeth Test, Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, have also moved up in the latest batting rankings. Du Plessis is now 38th (up by five) and Dean Elgar is now at 96th (up by 49).

New Zealand’s Dean Brownlie in 43rd (up by three) and BJ Watling in 56th (up by 22) are the others batsmen to make notable upward movements.

The bowlers’ table is still headed by Dale Steyn, who has further consolidated his lead at the top after spells of five for 17 and three for 48 that also fetched him the Player of the Match award in the second Test.

Steyn has opened up 45 ratings points gap with team-mate and second-ranked Vernon Philander, who lost one per cent of his ratings point for missing the second Test due to injury.

Steyn is now just five ratings points away from returning to the magical 900-point mark, and eight ratings points away from achieving a career-best rating. In ranking terms, the 900-point mark is the benchmark for the top bowlers.

The other bowlers to make upward movements include New Zealand’s fast bowler Doug Bracewell in 37th (up by one) and South Africa duo of Robin Peterson in 50th (up by 15) and Rory Kleinveldt in 74th (up by 17).

Reliance ICC Test Championship Table

Meanwhile, South Africa has further consolidated its lead at the top of Reliance ICC Test Championship Table.

A 2-0 series win over New Zealand has earned South Africa one ratings point and has lifted it to 124 ratings points, while opening a six-point lead against second-ranked England.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Championship Table, please click here. The Test Championship table is updated after every series, unlike the ODI or T20I Championship tables, which are updated after every match.

Prize Money

South Africa now has three more Tests before the 1 April cut-off date for the awarding of the ICC Test Championship mace and prize money for the top-ranked Test team. These three Tests are against Pakistan, and will be played next month in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion. The Proteas will need to win the series to be guaranteed number-one spot at the cut-off date for the first time, irrespective of how the three other series pan out. India hosts Australia for a four-match series from 22 February, New Zealand plays the first of a three-match series against England on 6 March in Dunedin, and West Indies plays Zimbabwe in the first of a two-match series on 16 March.

This would mean South Africa will get richer by US$450,000 and will also retain the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace.

A total of US $3.8m in prize money will be shared among the top four sides on 1 April 2013, 2014 and 2015, after the ICC Board approved a proposal earlier this year to substantially increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket in the period leading up to the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.

Previously, the top team in the Reliance ICC Test rankings received a cheque for $175,000, but, from 2013, it will receive a minimum of $450,000, rising to $500,000 in 2015. From 2016 there will be further increases in Test prize money.

Reliance ICC Test Championship table (after South Africa-New Zealand Test series)

Rank   Team                         Points

  1. South Africa               124  (+1)
  2. England                      118
  3. Australia                     117
  4. Pakistan                      109
  5. India                           105
  6. Sri Lanka                    92
  7. West Indies                 91
  8. New Zealand              78  (-1)
  9. Bangladesh                 0

Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 167 points and a rating of 42.

(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 15 January after Port Elizabeth Test)

Batsmen

Rank    (+/-)       Player                 Team      Pts          Ave       HS Ranking

   1           ( - )          Michael Clarke    Aus         887         52.54     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

   2           (+1)         Hashim Amla       SA           886!       51.39     886 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

   3           (-1)          S.Chanderpaul     WI          879         51.67     901 v NZ at Napier 2008

   4           ( - )          K Sangakkara      SL           842         55.80     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

   5           ( - )          Alastair Cook       Eng         836         49.42     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

   6           (+1)         AB de Villiers        SA           812         49.27     821 v Eng at The Oval 2012

   7           (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           809         56.73     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

   8           ( - )          Ross Taylor          NZ          769         43.57     785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   9           ( - )          Younus Khan       Pak         761         51.69     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

  10         ( - )          Kevin Pietersen    Eng         759         49.42     909 v WI at Headingley 2007

  11         ( - )          Azhar Ali               Pak         753!       45.27     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

  12         ( - )          Graeme Smith      SA           729         49.28     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

  13         ( - )          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         720         45.68     771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

  14         ( - )          Jonathan Trott     Eng         709         49.50     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

  15         ( - )          Matt Prior              Eng         693         43.19     698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012

  16         ( - )          Ian Bell                  Eng         680         46.71     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

  17         ( - )          Marlon Samuels  WI          668!       37.36     668 v Ban at Khulna 2012

  18         ( - )          Darren Bravo       WI          661*      46.77     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012

  19         (+1)         Sachin Tendulkar                Ind          653         54.32     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

  20         (+1)         M Jayawardene   SL           652         49.56     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

Selected Rankings

Rank    (+/-)       Player                 Team      Pts          Ave       HS Ranking

  21         (-2)          Alviro Petersen     SA           645*      42.05     655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

  30         (-6)          B McCullum         NZ          598         35.12     673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

  36         (+1)         Mahendra Dhoni Ind          563         38.06     662 v SA at Kolkata 2010

  38         (+5)         Faf du Plessis        SA           546*!    111.25  546 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

  39         (-3)          Kane Williamson NZ          544*      30.27     578 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

  43         (+3)         Dean Brownlie     NZ          503*!    34.18     503 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2013

  48         ( - )          Martin Guptill       NZ          480         30.60     597 v WI at Kingston 2012

  56         (+22)      BJ Watling            NZ          426*!    33.00     426 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2013

  68         (-7)          Daniel Flynn         NZ          375         25.95     432 v Ind at Hamilton 2009

  89         (-1)          James Franklin     NZ          269         20.71     314 v SL at Wellington 2006

  96         (+49)      Dean Elgar            SA           249*!    41.33     249 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

  102       (-1)          Morne Morkel      SA           211         13.80     255 v Ind at Durban 2006

104        (-2)          Dale Steyn            SA           202         13.75     255 v SL at Cape Town 2012

115        (-3)          Doug Bracewell    NZ          161*      10.42     193 v Ind at Bengaluru 2012

122        (+5)         Trent Boult           NZ          147*      16.62     175 v SA at Dunedin 2012

142        (-2)          Robin Peterson     SA           83*        20.70     297 v Eng at Edgbaston 2003

150        (+3)         Rory Kleinveldt    SA           56*        13.50     123 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

155        (NEW)    Colin Munro         NZ          49*!       7.50       49 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2013

Bowlers

Rank      (+/-)       Player                Team       Pts          Ave      HS Ranking

   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           895         23.28     902 v SL at Centurion 2011

   2           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           850*      17.40     859 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

   3           ( - )          Saeed Ajmal         Pak         832         27.09     836 v SL at Galle 2012

   4           ( - )          Rangana Herath  SL           809         29.95     838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   5           ( - )          Peter Siddle           Aus         800         28.51     806 v SL at Hobart 2012

   6           ( - )          James Anderson  Eng         759         30.39     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

   7           ( - )          Graeme Swann    Eng         755         29.13     858 v Pak at Lord's 2010

   8           ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           746         29.70     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

   9           ( - )          Pragyan Ojha       Ind          739*      31.62     773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

  10         ( - )          Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         721*      28.50     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

  11         ( - )          Abdur Rehman    Pak         704*      28.40     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

  12         ( - )          Kemar Roach       WI          698*      27.69     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

  13         ( - )          Stuart Broad         Eng         657         31.93     783 v WI at Lord's 2012

  14         ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        641         32.53     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

  15         ( - )          Zaheer Khan        Ind          625         32.35     752 v SA at Durban 2010

  16         (+1)         Steven Finn           Eng         611*      28.22     621 v SA at Lord's 2012

  17         (-1)          Chris Martin         NZ          606         33.81     669 v SA at Hamilton 2012

  18         ( - )          Mitchell Johnson Aus         600         30.63     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

  19         ( - )          Umar Gul              Pak         584         33.66     642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

  20         ( - )          R Ashwin               Ind          566*      32.41     595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012

Selected Rankings

Rank      (+/-)       Player                Team       Pts          Ave      HS Ranking

  33         ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA           490         32.40     742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

  37         (+1)         Doug Bracewell    NZ          456*      31.89     538 v WI at Kingston 2012

  44         (-3)          Trent Boult           NZ          372*      31.43     401 v SA at Cape Town 2013

  50=       (+15)      Robin Peterson     SA           335*!    31.08     335 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

                (-1)          Jeetan Patel          NZ          335*      48.46     368 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2009

  74         (+17)      Rory Kleinveldt    SA           152*!    42.50     152 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013 

  85         (-3)          Kane Williamson NZ          96*        53.00     138 v WI at Kingston 2012

  89         (NEW)    Colin Munro         NZ          73*!       20.00     73 v SA at Port Elizabeth 2013

All-rounders

Rank    (+/-)        Player                 Team       Pts          HS Ranking

   1           ( - )          Jacques Kallis       SA           396        616 v Pak at Durban 2002

   2           ( - )          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        387        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

   3           ( - )          Shane Watson      Aus         308/*    394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011

   4           (+1)         Graeme Swann    Eng         288        327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010

   5           (-1)          Daniel Vettori       NZ          285        412 v Pak at Napier 2009

 

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