Proteas miss out on top spot

2012-03-12 08:52

Wellington - England will remain the world's top-ranked Test team after South Africa could only manage a draw in the opening Test of their New Zealand tour, the International Cricket Council said on Monday.

England's lead in the rankings was slashed to a single point after their 3-0 whitewash by Pakistan, giving the Proteas the chance to take the number one spot with a clean sweep in the three-Test series in New Zealand.

But South Africa's hopes were dashed when the final day of the first Test against the Black Caps on Sunday was rained off and the match ended in a draw, meaning England will retain top spot when the new rankings come out next month.

The ICC said it was the first time since the rankings began in 2003 that England had held the number one spot on the April 1 cut-off date and they would receive a $175 000 cheque for their achievement.

Andrew Strauss' men will end the rankings period on 118 points, one ahead of the Proteas, who are currently on 117, ahead of India and Australia on 111 each.

South Africa are favourites to take second place and a $75 000 cheque but could slip to 108 points if a worst-case scenario unfolds in New Zealand and they lose the two remaining Tests to the Black Caps.


  • Gerald - 2012-03-12 08:57

    I am so sick and tired of these ridiculous misleading headlines. How can it be said that SA stumbled? We didn't cause the rain. I am still convinced that we would have won if the weather hadn't intervened.

      BJ - 2012-03-12 09:06

      Could have read the weather forecast and played with that in mind.

      Gerald - 2012-03-12 09:21

      @BJ - Your comment is as ridiculous as the headline above. If we had declared earlier and it had not rained and NZ had won the game because of that, what would you have said then?

      Olive - 2012-03-12 09:34

      Stupid headline!!!! I am going to stop reading News4 until they get more intelligent people to write their articles.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-12 10:00


      Paul - 2012-03-12 10:59

      Okay, forget the headline. I actually prefer going to the UK as No.2 and winning top spot there. Would be really sweet, don't you think? Shutting up the Barmy Army and seeing the look on KP's face is something to relish. We did it in 2008 and I truly think we're even better equipped now.

      Alan - 2012-03-12 11:23

      We probably would have won easily ... but we did kinda stumble with the slow scoring... you don't have to be a genius to expect rain to occur in a match in New Zealand. That's par for the course.

  • tyron.rees - 2012-03-12 09:00

    How the F&%^ did SA stumble? Poor journalism! Again!

  • shaheen.johnson - 2012-03-12 09:04

    Did we REALLY STUMBLE??? Misleading headlines... sick and tired of it. I guess poor Captaincy and Coaching is responsible for not predicting Day 5 will be washed out. "Top Drawer" journalism.

  • Gareth - 2012-03-12 09:06

    I agree with the comments above, SA stumble? Perhaps the author of the article would have the Proteas pray more to the weather Gods, who is not very kind to the land of the long white cloud at the best of times.

  • Daniell - 2012-03-12 09:19

    Why do we lose 9 (117 to 108) points on the ranking system if we lose the series , but can`t gain 2 (117 to 119) points if we win the series and we play away from home??

      Doc - 2012-03-12 09:31

      It has to do with the ranking of the country you play against. NZ is ranked seventh while we are number two, so it reasons that if we lose to a lowly ranked team then we will fall significantly. Because of our higher ranking we are expected to whitewash the series so only a whitewash sees us rising while winning the tournament will only secure our position.

      Gerald - 2012-03-12 09:55

      @ Doc - well then, we'll just have to go and beat the Poms in their backyard, won't we?

  • Kevin - 2012-03-12 09:23

    Stumble???? News24, your journalistic accumen is sliding by the headline??? So did the Proteas draw the game within 5 days due to poor play or did the rain halt play on day 5?

  • Hans - 2012-03-12 09:28

    ag please where did we stumble, it rained, something that happens in cricket and is realy beyond the teams control. They played bloody well. it was the weather, please stop using misleading headlines.!!

  • Beth - 2012-03-12 09:30

    My sentiments exactly Gerald! The headline leads one to believe that they drew the game through lack of good play/unsporting declaration, whilst the result was fully reliant on the weather. It's time that they employed sports writers who know what it is they're reporting on/talking about!!!!!

  • davidintheusa - 2012-03-12 09:41

    the illiterati like houwing need to be sent packing and replaced with journalists who can actually string a coherent sentence together without the aid of spell check.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-12 10:16

    Lol they changed the headline!

  • Chris - 2012-03-12 10:17

    Journalism on this site is absolutely shocking - it is like Snuki Sikelele giving elocution lessons. As far as the story is concerned, it is difficult to stomach when SA 'B' is ahead of the SA 'A' on the log

  • Gerald - 2012-03-12 10:42

    I see they decided to change the headline. Now it makes more sense

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-03-12 11:36

    Let the Poms have this one, because that top spot will belong to the Proteas very soon.

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