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Proteas stretch rankings lead

2014-02-19 11:24
Graeme Smith (Gallo)
Cape Town - Somewhat ironically, the Proteas have stretched their lead atop the latest ICC world rankings for Test teams.

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The reason the Proteas now boast a massive 21-point lead atop the standings, despite crashing to a 281-run defeat in the first Test against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion, is two-fold.

Firstly, changes are only calculated after series' are completed, and secondly, thanks to New Zealand's series win over second-placed India.

India dropped five points after losing their two-Test series 1-0 against the Black Caps.

The Proteas currently sit on 133 points, followed by India on 112 and Australia on 111.

The good news for SA fans is that no matter what the final Test series result is against Australia, the Proteas will remain No 1 when all is said and done.

A 3-0 win for Australia will see the visitors close the gap to seven points (124-117), while a 2-0 margin will see a gap of 126-116. Should the current 1-0 scoreline remain, the final standings will read 127-115.

If Australia win 2-1, the margin will be 127-115.

However, should the Proteas stage a comeback and win the series 2-1, they'd would remain on 133 points, but Australia would slip to 110 - and stay third in the rankings. A 1-1 drawn series would result in a 130-113 advantage for the hosts.

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