Australia in SA
Amla moves up to No 2
Hashim Amla (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South Africa’s quartet of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, as well as David Warner, Chris Rogers and Nathan Lyon of Australia are the biggest movers in the latest ICC Player Rankings released on Monday, following the conclusion of the Port Elizabeth Test, which the home side won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series.
Amla, who followed up his second-ball duck with his 21st career century, has moved up two places to join Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in second place in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsman, with team-mate AB de Villiers still leading the field by a distance.
Australia opener David Warner, who scored two half-centuries, is the other batsman inside the top 20 to head in the right direction. The left-hander has gained two places in the latest rankings and is now in 10th position.
Rogers has returned to the top 20 as his second innings contribution of 107 has given him a lift of six places to 16th position. After Michael Clarke (ninth), Warner and Steven Smith (17th), Rogers is the fourth Australia
batsman to occupy a place in the top 20.
South Africa’s Du Plessis is the next biggest mover in the batting chart as he has leaped seven places to 29th following his scores of 55 and 24. He is followed by Duminy whose 123 in the first innings has put him in 45th (up by 20 places). Elgar’s 83 and 16 has lifted him 36 places to 77th spot.
In the ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson moved up one place to third while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has gained two places following his match figures of six for 178 to move into 17th position.
Meanwhile, Australia need a draw in the Cape Town Test to be assured of second place in the ICC Test Team Championship at the April 1 cut-off date, which, in turn, will earn them $370 000 (R4m).
If South Africa win the Test, then Australia will finish third and earn $265 000 (R2.9m), while India will leapfrog into second place to claim $370 000 (R4m).
The Proteas, thanks to their commanding lead at the top of the ICC Test Rankings, have already retained the mace and will also collect a cheque of $475 000 (R5.2m) at an event to be held in due course. CLICK HERE for all the latest ICC rankings.