Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

South Africa to retain No 1 Test ranking irrespective of outcome against Australia

Graeme Smith will look rectify South Africa's poor record against Australia at home © Getty Images
Graeme Smith will look rectify South Africa’s poor record against Australia at home © Getty Images

 

Dubai: Feb 10, 2014

 

Australia enters the three-Test series against host South Africa with one eye on claiming second place on the Reliance International Cricket Council(ICC) Test Team Rankings. South Africa is the clear leader on the table with 133 ratings points, while Australia currently sits in third position with 111 ratings points. South Africa will retain the number-one position on the table irrespective of the outcome of the series.

 

However, there will be a keen tussle between India and Australia for second position. With second-ranked India losing the first Test in its ongoing two-Test series against New Zealand, Australia’s chance to move ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men has brightened. Australia will move into second position if it wins the series, irrespective of the result in the second Test between India and New Zealand in Wellington, starting from 14 February.

 

In case India does not win the second Test, Australia needs only to draw the series to move into second place. However, if Australia was to lose the series, then there will be no change of positions on the table.

 

The Test Ranking Table, unlike the One Day International(ODI) and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series. South Africa and Australia will start off their three-Test series at Centurion with as many as five of the top 10 bowlers on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers likely to be seen in action.

 

Leading the way is South Africa’s pace duo of Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, ranked as the top two bowlers. Australia’s pace trio of Ryan Harris (third), Peter Siddle (fifth) and Mitchell Johnson (ninth) are the others inside the top 10 likely to play the series. The other two bowlers inside the top 20 likely to be in action are Morne Morkel (13th) and Nathan Lyon (19th).

 

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers starts the series as the number-one ranked batsman on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Hashim Amla in fourth is the other South Africa batsman likely to be seen in action during the series.

 

Rival captains Michael Clarke (eighth) and Grame Smith (ninth) are the other batsmen inside the top 10. The only other batsmen inside the top 20 likely to feature in the series are Australia openers Chris Rogers (14th) and David Warner (15th).

 

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 27, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014  at Sharjah

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 2 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Roy Marshall: The Hampshire giant who kept English cricket alive in their dullest days

Andy Whittall: The man who made his Test debut without playing domestic cricket at home

Barry Shepherd: Nine Tests, only to pursue an alternative career

IPL 2014: Chennai Super Kings have surprisingly strong Indian pace attack

IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RCB vs KKR RCB vs KKR 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Chennai Super Kings will be hard to beat once at their peak, says Faf du Plessis

Inzamam-ul Haq backs Waqar Younis to take over as Pakistan coach

IPL 2014: Gautam Gambhir hails ‘incredible win’ against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday: Adam Gilchrist has a dig at Shane Warne

Moin Khan hints at change of captain for Pakistan’s ODI side

Roy Marshall: The Hampshire giant who kept English cricket alive in their dullest days

Andy Whittall: The man who made his Test debut without playing domestic cricket at home

Barry Shepherd: Nine Tests, only to pursue an alternative career

IPL 2014: Chennai Super Kings have surprisingly strong Indian pace attack

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Kaanchi quick movie review: Subhash Ghai’s Mishti is no Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

NTT Docomo to reportedly exit Indian market, pull out of JV with Tata Teleservices

Inzamam-ul Haq backs Waqar Younis to take over as Pakistan coach

7 symptoms of STDs or sexually transmitted diseases

Lose weight with this Indian diet plan

Roy Marshall: The Hampshire giant who kept English cricket alive in their dullest days

Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon: Gunjan Utreja quits the show because of Vivian Dsena?

IPL 2014: HTC One M8 becomes the official phone of the Delhi Daredevils

Also on cricketcountry.com