Proteas open Test gap

2014-11-03 13:31
Proteas (AFP)
Cape Town - Pakistan vaulted into third position in the ICC Test Team Rankings, their best Test ranking in seven years, following the conclusion of their series against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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Pakistan, who defeated Australia for their first series win against them in 20 years, have leapfrogged England, Sri Lanka and India into third position after the feat earned them seven ratings points.

This is Pakistan’s best Test rankings since they claimed third position in January 2007 following the series in South Africa, which the home side won 2-1.

In contrast, Australia have retained second position on the Test table, but, after conceding six ratings points, the gap with No 1- ranked South Africa has opened to seven ratings points.

Australia had entered the series in second position on 123 ratings points, while Pakistan started in sixth position on 96 ratings points. As the rankings system is weighted to reflect this difference, the 2-0 series result means Pakistan have benefitted and Australia have suffered.

Pakistan will now take on New Zealand in a three-Test series, which starts on November 9 in Abu Dhabi, while Australia will lock horns with India in a four-Test series, which begins in Brisbane on December 4.

As per a January 2012 decision of the ICC board, which was aimed at promoting Test cricket, US$1.34m will be distributed amongst the sides that claim the top four positions at the annual cut-off date of April 1, 2015. With 2015 being the ICC Cricket World Cup year, an event that will be staged from February 14 to March 29, the cut-off date for 2015 will be January 7, when the final scheduled Tests finish in Sydney and Wellington.

As such, the side that top the Test table as on January  7 will receive USD$500 000 as well as the iconic mace. The side that finish second will collect USD$390 000, while the sides finishing third and fourth will get richer by USD$280 000 and USD$170 000, respectively.

Forthcoming Test series:

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe (ongoing)
3-7 Nov – Second Test, Khulna
12-16 Nov – Third Test, Chittagong

Pakistan v New Zealand
9-13 Nov – First Test, Abu Dhabi
17-21 Nov – Second Test, Dubai
26-30 Nov – Third Test, Sharjah

Australia v India
4-8 December – First Test, Brisbane
12-16 Dec – Second Test, Adelaide
26-30 Dec – Third Test, Melbourne
3-7 Jan – Fourth Test, Sydney

South Africa v West Indies
17-21 Dec – First Test, Centurion
26-30 Dec – Second Test, Port Elizabeth
2-6 Jan – Third Test, Cape Town

New Zealand v Sri Lanka
26-30 Dec – First Test, Christchurch
3-7 Jan – Second Test, Wellington

ICC Test Team Rankings:

Rank   Team              Points (+/-)
1          South Africa   124
2          Australia         117      (-6)
3          Pakistan          105      (+9)
4          England           104
5          Sri Lanka        101
6          India                96
7          New Zealand   93
8          West Indies     75
9          Zimbabwe       39
10        Bangladesh     19

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