SA in New Zealand

No 2 spot for SA in ODI Shield

2012-03-18 14:02
AB de Villiers (File)
Cape Town - The Proteas' One-Day International (ODI) squad will finish the year as the second ranked ODI team at the April 1 cut-off date.

Australia will retain the ODI Championship Shield for the third consecutive year with India set to end in third position, after their defeat to Bangladesh in the Asia Cup made it impossible for them to overtake South Africa.

South Africa previously won the ODI Shield in 2009, after their emphatic home and away victories against Australia.

“It’s a great honour to lead a squad of extremely talented cricketers and finishing as No 2 on the ODI Championship is a great achievement although it means that we still have a lot of work to do. Our main aim as a unit is to be the number one team in the world, that is the goal that we have set for ourselves. It will be a challenge to get to the top but it is also a process which begins by being consistent and winning every series that we take part in," said ODI skipper AB de Villiers.

Australia and India will not be able to lose their respective No 1 and No 3 rankings, regardless of how their current ODI commitments end before the April 1 cut-off date. The Proteas’ position was also strengthened by their 3-nil clean-sweep over New Zealand and leaves them only nine points behind Australia at the summit.

The ICC World Cup may only be three years away but the Proteas will still have tough competitors as they aim for the No 1 position in the coming year.

They play England, New Zealand and Pakistan, followed by the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2013. 

The Proteas  have won a prize of US$75 000 for this achievement, in addition to the US$75 000 they won on Sunday after finishing second to England in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date.

England retained the Test Championship mace and earned US$175 000 when they secured the No 1 position after rain had the last laugh on the fifth and last day of the Dunedin Test between New Zealand and South Africa which ended in a draw.

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