Series win in New Zealand takes South Africa to No.2 in ICC Test ranking

Series win in New Zealand takes South Africa to No.2 in ICC Test ranking

South Africa gained 2 points while Australia lost 1 as the two teams exchanged places in the Test rankings.

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South African batsman Hashim Amla celebrates his century in his hundredth test during the third cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. (Photo credit MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

The result, which gave South Africa a 1-0 series win, earned Faf du Plessis’s side two ranking points and helped the Proteas move one point ahead of Australia in second place. South Africa has finished second on the ICC Test Team Rankings at the 1 April cut-off date after the Hamilton Test ended in a draw on Wednesday.

The result, which gave South Africa a 1-0 series win, earned Faf du Plessis’s side two ranking points and helped the Proteas move one point ahead of Australia in second place. In contrast, New Zealand dropped two rankings points and consequently slipped behind Pakistan into sixth place.

As New Zealand versus South Africa series was the last series to finish before the 1 April annual cut-off, South Africa’s number-two ranking has won it an award of $500K, while Australia has collected $200K. England, which ended up fourth, received $100K.

On Tuesday, India had retained the mace and pocketed $1 million following its 2-1 series win over Australia. It was India’s fifth successive series win in the 12-month period from 1 April 2016, following successes against the West Indies (2-0), New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0) and Bangladesh (1-0).

South Africa, in the same 12-month period, defeated New Zealand (1-0, both home and away), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka (3-0), while Australia lost to Sri Lanka (3-0), South Africa (2-1) and India (2-1) with its only series win being against Pakistan (3-0). Fourth-ranked England beat Sri Lanka (2-0), drew with Pakistan (2-2) and Bangladesh (1-1), and lost to India (4-0).

Following last year’s cut-off, Australia had started in number-one position on 112 points, followed by India (110), South Africa (109), Pakistan (106), England (102), New Zealand (96), Sri Lanka (89), West Indies (76), Bangladesh (47) and Zimbabwe (five).

The annual update of the ICC Test Team Rankings will next be carried out on 1 May with the series results from 2013-14 not to be included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 series weighted at 50 per cent.

ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 29 March, following the conclusion of India v Australia and New Zealand v South Africa series)

Rank Team Points
1 India 122 (+1)
2 South Africa 109 (+2)
3 Australia 108 (-1)
4 England 101
5 Pakistan 97
6 New Zealand 96 (-2)
7 Sri Lanka 90
8 West Indies 69
9 Bangladesh 66
10 Zimbabwe 5