South Africa to retain Test mace on the 1 April cut-off date
Posted by: CSA on Monday, 18 February 2013

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South Africa has been guaranteed the number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date after victory in the Cape Town Test against Pakistan, which means it cannot be overtaken by its closest rivals - England, Australia and India.

South Africa had entered the series on 124 ratings points and only needed to draw the series to retain the Test mace. But victory in the Cape Town Test by four wickets means even if it loses the third and final Test at Centurion, it will still gain one ratings point and will finish on 125 ratings points, which will be more than sufficient to give it the top spot at the cut-off date irrespective of how the India-Australia and England-New Zealand series pan out.

If England wins all the three Tests against New Zealand, the maximum it can achieve is 119, while India can rise to as high as 112 (if it defeats Australia 4-0) and Australia can move to 121 (if it wins all four Tests against India).

The Proteas will not only retain the prestigious Test Championship mace but will also earn US$450,000 for this achievement. This is a significant increase in prize money, as, until last year, the side topping the Test or ODI Championship table received US$175,000.

While South Africa has sealed the number-one spot, the battle for second, third and fourth positions is still on, and is not only intense but close, as only 13 ratings points separate second-ranked England from fifth-ranked India.

The side that claims second position at the 1 April cut-off date will earn US$350,000 while the side finishing third will earn US$250,000 and the side ending fourth at the 1 April cut-off date will pocket US$150,000.

Meanwhile, Pakistan players have gained in the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings despite suffering defeat against South Africa.

Younus Khan, who scored 111 and 14, has returned to the top 10 in ninth spot after rising two places while Azhar Ali’s total aggregate of 69 runs has earned him 11th spot.

Asad Shafiq, however, is the biggest mover inside the top 50 in the latest player rankings. The 27-year-old from Karachi, who scored 111 and 19, has jumped 12 places to join England’s Ian Bell in 16th position. Asad is now Pakistan’s fourth batsman inside the top 20 with Misbah-ul-Haq in 12th position (down by two).

South Africa’s Robin Peterson, who scored a crucial 84 in the first innings, has rocketed 44 places to claim 100th position. Faf du Plessis in 33rd (up by one place), Vernon Philander in 85th (up by three places) and Dean Elgar in 86th (up by six places) are the other home side batsmen to make upward movements.

Hashim Amla, who scored 25 and 58, has retained his number-one ranking while AB de Villiers, who scored 61 and 36, has achieved a career-best rating to date of 851 to lead fifth-ranked Kumar Sangakkara by nine ratings points but trail third-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul by 28 ratings points.

In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal has returned to the top three in third spot. Saeed had match figures of 10 for 147 for which he has been rewarded with 58 ratings points. This has not only given him a career-best ratings to date of 847 but also a jump of two places.

Saeed now trails second-ranked Philander by 42 ratings points. Philander has collected 32 ratings points for his figures of five for 59 and four for 40. Dale Steyn is sitting on top of the tree, 18 ratings points ahead of his new ball partner.

Pakistan’s Mohammad Irfan, who took three wickets in the first innings, has entered the table in 95th position.

In the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for all-rounders, Jacques Kallis has swapped places with Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

The preview of India-Australia Test series will be released on Wednesday.

Forthcoming Tests

22-26 Feb – Third Test, South Africa v Pakistan, Centurion

22-26 Feb – First Test, India v Australia, Chennai

Reliance ICC Test Championship table (before the start of South Africa-Pakistan Test series)

Rank   Team                         Points

  1. South Africa               124 
  2. England                      118
  3. Australia                     117
  4. Pakistan                      109
  5. India                           105
  6. Sri Lanka                    92
  7. West Indies                 91
  8. New Zealand              78 
  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 Rankings (as on 18 February)

Batsmen

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

   1           ( - )          Hashim Amla       SA           893         51.75     895 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

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

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

   4           ( - )          AB de Villiers        SA           851!       49.94     851 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

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

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

   7           (+1)         Ross Taylor          NZ          769         43.57     785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012

   8           (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           764         56.10     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

   9           (+2)         Younus Khan       Pak         763         51.18     880 v SL at Lahore 2009

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

  11         (+1)         Azhar Ali               Pak         738         43.43     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012

  12         (-2)          Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         724         44.51     771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

  13         ( - )          Graeme Smith      SA           712         48.87     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

  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

                (+12)      Asad Shafiq          Pak         680*!    43.24     680 v SA at Cape Town 2013

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

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

  20         (-1)          Sachin Tendulkar                Ind          653         54.32     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

 

Bowlers

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

   1           ( - )          Dale Steyn            SA           907         22.68     908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

   2           ( - )          Vernon Philander SA           889*!    16.81     889 v Pak at Cape Town 2013

   3           (+2)         Saeed Ajmal         Pak         847!       27.03     847 v SA at Cape Town 2013

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

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

   9           ( - )          Morne Morkel      SA           722         29.97     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

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

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

  12         ( - )          Abdur Rehman    Pak         690*      28.40     739 v Eng at Dubai 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         ( - )          Steven Finn           Eng         611*      28.22     621 v SA at Lord's 2012

  17         ( - )          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         575         34.06     642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

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

All-rounders

Rank     (+/-)      Player                 Team       Pts        HS Ranking

   1           (+1)         Shakib Al Hasan Ban        387        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

   2           (-1)          Jacques Kallis       SA           382        616 v Pak at Durban 2002

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

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

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

For more information go to www.relianceiccrankings.com

 

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