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England confirmed as No 1 Test side

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sun, Mar 11, 2012 11:33 hrs

Dubai, Mar 11 (IBNS) England has secured top spot in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date, after the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa ended in a draw in Dunedin on Sunday.

This is the first time, since the current rankings system was introduced in 2003, that England has topped the table at the cut-off date. As such, it will retain the Championship mace and will also receive a cheque of US$175,000 which is presented annually to the side that tops the table at the 1 April cut-off date.



For the next three years, a total of US$3.8m will be distributed in prize money with the side topping the table at the 1 April cut-off date in 2013 to receive a minimum of $450,000 rising to $500,000 in 2015. From 2016, there will be further increases in Test prize money.


Graeme Smith's men had entered the Test series against New Zealand needing to win all the three Tests to move ahead of England at the cut-off date. But after the draw in Dunedin, the best series result South Africa can now achieve is a 2-0 win, which will keep it at 117 ratings point, one behind England.

Because of bad weather, no play was possible on the fifth and last day of the first Test, after New Zealand had finished the penultimate day's play at 137-2 after being set a victory target of 401.

South Africa now needs to ensure that it doesn't lose the remaining two Tests so that it can finish in second place on the Championship table and with it win an award of US$75,000.

If the Proteas win by 1-0, it will finish on 116 ratings points while in case of a one-all drawn series, South Africa will end up on 113 ratings points - two ahead of India and Australia who are on 111 ratings points, each but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side is ranked above Michael Clarke's side when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.

However, if New Zealand wins both the Tests, then South Africa will slip behind India and Australia on 108 ratings points, while New Zealand will gain 10 ratings points and will jump to 93 ratings points.

England, which will also receive an award of US$175,000, has been holding on to the number-one position since toppling India from the top spot after inflicting a 4-0 defeat in the last English summer.

At the end of the series against India, England led its closest rival and second-ranked South Africa by seven ratings points.

However, the Championship table turned on its head and become a two-way dogfight to the finishing line after South Africa, in its backyard, drew its series against Australia and then beat Sri Lanka 2-1, while in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan shocked England 3-0.

These results meant the gap between England and South Africa narrowed to one ratings point, with the Proteas having a real chance to finish as the number-one ranked side at the 1 April cut-off date.

While the weather has denied South Africa to keep its chances alive of moving ahead of England on the Championship table, it has set up a mouthwatering series in England this summer when these two sides go head to head in a three-Test series which starts at The Oval on 19 July.

Reliance ICC Test Championship table (before the start of New Zealand-South Africa Test series, to be updated only after the end of the series)

1- England 118

2- South Africa 117

3- India 111

4- Australia 111

5- Pakistan 108

6- Sri Lanka 98

7- West Indies 87

8- New Zealand 83

9- Bangladesh 4


(Zimbabwe will have to play eight Tests in the qualification period before it will have a ranking)
(Developed by David Kendix)

Reliance ICC Test Rankings (after Dunedin Test)

Batsmen (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating
1 ( - ) K.Sangakkara SL 850 55.97 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
2 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 846 57.01 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
3 ( - ) Michael Clarke Aus 821 49.65 855 v Eng at Headingley 2009
4 (+1) Younus Khan Pak 797 52.44 880 v SL at Lahore 2009
5= (-1) AB de Villiers SA 784 48.77 815 v SL at Cape Town 2012
(+1) Alastair Cook Eng 784 48.60 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
7 ( - ) T.Samaraweera SL 775! 53.42 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012
8 ( - ) S.Chanderpaul WI 766 49.28 901 v NZ at Napier 2008
9 (+6) Graeme Smith SA 763 49.86 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
10 (-1) Hashim Amla SA 750 46.65 842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010
11= (-1) Sachin Tendulkar Ind 749 55.44 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
(-1) Azhar Ali Pak 749*! 43.17 749 v Eng at Dubai 2012
13 (+5) Ross Taylor NZ 745 43.65 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009
14 (-2) Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 741 45.27 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012
15 (-2) Jonathan Trott Eng 740 53.15 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
16 (-2) Ricky Ponting Aus 735 53.44 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006
17 (-1) Mike Hussey Aus 728 50.82 921 v WI at Kingston 2008
18 (-1) Ian Bell Eng 723 47.01 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
19 ( - ) Rahul Dravid Ind 708 52.31 892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005
20 ( - ) Kevin Pietersen Eng 696 48.69 909 v WI at Headingley 2007
21 ( - ) Darren Bravo WI 683*! 52.50 683 v Ind at Mumbai 2011
22 ( - ) Matt Prior Eng 676 44.24 693 v Pak at Dubai 2012
23 ( - ) VVS Laxman Ind 662 45.97 781 v WI at Dominica 2011
24 (+3) B.McCullum NZ 653 37.03 673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011
25 (-1) Virender Sehwag Ind 644 50.79 866 v SL at Galle 2010
26 (-1) Tamim Iqbal Ban 622 38.00 707 v Eng at Old Trafford 2010
27 (-1) M.Jayawardena SL 620 50.43 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
28 ( - ) Andrew Strauss Eng 608 41.33 769 v SA at Johannesburg 2005
29 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 598 38.12 729 v Eng at Perth 2010
30 (+1) Daniel Vettori NZ 597 30.79 672 v Pak at Napier 2009

Bowlers (top 30)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating
1 ( - ) Dale Steyn SA 880 23.29 902 v SL at Centurion 2011
2 ( - ) Saeed Ajmal Pak 835! 26.70 835 v Eng at Dubai 2012
3 ( - ) James Anderson Eng 789 30.46 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 777! 30.97 777 v Pak at Dubai 2012
5 ( - ) Peter Siddle Aus 768! 29.03 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012
6 ( - ) Graeme Swann Eng 740 28.53 858 v Pak at Lord´s 2010
7 ( - ) Abdur Rehman Pak 739*! 27.37 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
8 ( - ) Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 726*! 28.91 726 v Ind at Adelaide 2012
9 ( - ) Morne Morkel SA 708 30.76 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
10 ( - ) Zaheer Khan Ind 697 31.78 752 v SA at Durban 2010
11 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 678* 31.33 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
12 (+1) Chris Martin NZ 669! 33.32 669 v SA at Dunedin 2012
13 (-1) Rangana Herath SL 660 34.33 681 v SA at Durban 2011
14 (+1) Umar Gul Pak 642! 32.47 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012
15 (-1) Daniel Vettori NZ 635 33.82 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000
16 (+3) Vernon Philander SA 616*! 14.22 616 v NZ at Dunedin 2012
17 (-1) Tim Bresnan Eng 604* 23.60 623 v Ind at The Oval 2011
18 (-1) Shane Watson Aus 585* 28.01 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011
19 (-1) Mitchell Johnson Aus 583 31.29 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
20 (-1) Chris Tremlett Eng 574* 26.75 638 v Ind at Lord´s 2011
21 ( - ) Pragyan Ojha Ind 572* 34.62 595 v WI at Mumbai 2011
22 ( - ) Ryan Harris Aus 566*! 22.60 566 v Ind at Adelaide 2012
23 ( - ) Harbhajan Singh Ind 560 32.22 765 v NZ at Wellington 2002
24 ( - ) Fidel Edwards WI 558 37.45 590 v Eng at Lord´s 2009
25 ( - ) Darren Sammy WI 549* 30.05 560 v Ind at Delhi 2011
26 ( - ) Paul Harris SA 539 37.87 705 v Eng at Centurion 2009
27 ( - ) Steven Finn Eng 531* 26.92 575 v SL at Lord´s 2011
28 (+4) Doug Bracewell NZ 517*! 18.00 517 v SA at Dunedin 2012
29 (-1) Ishant Sharma Ind 515 37.87 671 v WI at Dominica 2011
30 (-1) James Pattinson Aus 498* 18.12 508 v Ind at Sydney 2012

All-rounders (top five)

Rank (+/-) Player Team Pts HS Rating
1 ( - ) Shakib Al Hasan Ban 404 /*! 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
2 ( - ) Jacques Kallis SA 398 616 v Pak at Durban 2002
3 ( - ) Daniel Vettori NZ 379 412 v Pak at Napier 2009
4 ( - ) Stuart Broad Eng 378 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012
5 ( - ) Shane Watson Aus 350 /* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011


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