Dubai, Feb 10 IBNS | 10 months ago

Australia entered the three-Test series against host South Africa with one eye on claiming second place on the Reliance 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 Feb 14.

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.

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).

Forthcoming fixtures

New Zealand v India

14-18 February: Second Test, Wellington

South Africa v Australia

13-17 February: First Test, Centurion

20-24 February: Second Test, Port Elizabeth

1-5 March: Third Test, Cape Town

Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 10 February, before South Africa v Australia series)


Rank Team Rating
1 South Africa 133

2 India 117

3 Australia 111

4 England 107

5 Pakistan 100

6 Sri Lanka 89

7 West Indies 87

8 New Zealand 82

9 Zimbabwe 34

10 Bangladesh 19

(Developed by David Kendix)


Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests (as on 10 February, before South Africa v Australia series)

Batsmen

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 AB de Villiers SA 912! 51.71 912 v Ind at Durban 2013

2 K Sangakkara SL 879 58.07 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

3 S.Chanderpaul WI 876 51.93 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

4 Hashim Amla SA 868 51.34 907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

5 Ross Taylor NZ 851 46.94 871 v WI at Hamilton 2013

6 C Pujara Ind 832* 62.07 851 v SA at Durban 2013

7 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 824! 48.75 824 v SL at Sharjah 2014

8 Michael Clarke Aus 817 51.40 900 v SL at Melbourne 2012

9 Graeme Smith SA 785 49.56 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

10 Younus Khan Pak 759 51.38 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

11 Virat Kohli Ind 738* 43.83 748 v SA at Johannesburg 2013

12 Angelo Mathews SL 706 46.16 716 v Ban at Mirpur 2014

13 M Jayawardena SL 699 50.30 883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009

14 Chris Rogers Aus 694*! 40.42 694 v Eng at Sydney 2014

15 David Warner Aus 683 40.93 741 v Eng at Perth 2013

16 Ian Bell Eng 682 45.41 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

17 Alastair Cook Eng 677 46.51 874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012

18 Kevin Pietersen Eng 674 47.28 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

19 K Williamson NZ 654! 36.73 654 v Ind at Auckland 2014

20 B McCullum NZ 650 36.36 673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011


Selected Rankings


Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

23 Steven Smith Aus 626*! 36.40 626 v Eng at Sydney 2014

25 Brad Haddin Aus 618 36.67 637 v WI at Perth 2009

28 Faf du Plessis SA 605*! 60.15 605 v Ind at Durban 2013

29 Alviro Petersen SA 602 38.82 655 v NZ at Cape Town 2013

30 Shane Watson Aus 601 36.33 729 v Eng at Perth 2010

57 Phillip Hughes Aus 437 32.65 599 v Eng at Lord's 2009

61 JP Duminy SA 412* 32.88 466 v Aus at Brisbane 2012

82 Robin Peterson SA 365*! 28.86 365 v Ind at Durban 2013

91 M Johnson Aus 331 22.44 477 v Eng at Lord's 2009

97 James Pattinson Aus 305* 30.09 331 v Eng at Lord's 2013

Bowlers

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 V Philander SA 909 18.00 912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

2 Dale Steyn SA 901 22.90 908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013

3 Ryan Harris Aus 866*! 21.56 866 v Eng at Sydney 2014

4 Saeed Ajmal Pak 787 27.46 855 v Zim at Harare 2013

5 Peter Siddle Aus 779 28.68 816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013

6 Rangana Herath SL 774 30.02 838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012

7 Trent Boult NZ 766*! 26.08 766 v Ind at Auckland 2014

8 R Ashwin Ind 752 28.50 808 v WI at Mumbai 2013

9 M Johnson Aus 743 28.33 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

10 Tim Southee NZ 741! 30.79 741 v Ind at Auckland 2014

11 Pragyan Ojha Ind 734 30.26 773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012

12 Stuart Broad Eng 729 30.31 783 v WI at Lord's 2012

13 Morne Morkel SA 707 29.91 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

14 Abdur Rehman Pak 705* 27.75 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

15 James Anderson Eng 683 30.67 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

16 Kemar Roach WI 649* 27.71 712 v NZ at Kingston 2012

17 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 627* 28.50 757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012

18 Junaid Khan Pak 623*! 29.07 623 v SL at Sharjah 2014

19 Nathan Lyon Aus 618 32.52 648 v Eng at Melbourne 2013

20= Shakib Al Hasan Ban 613 33.36 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

S Shillingford WI 613* 32.32 652 v NZ at Dunedin 2013


Selected Rankings

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

30 James Pattinson Aus 493* 26.42 573 v Ind at Hyderabad 2013

67 Jackson Bird Aus 250* 23.30 376 v SL at Sydney 2013

69 Robin Peterson SA 243* 36.57 335 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013

73 JP Duminy SA 224* 39.60 302 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

83 Rory Kleinveldt SA 186* 42.20 194 v Pak at Centurion 2013

95 Michael Clarke Aus 134* 37.63 265 v NZ at Wellington 2005



All-rounders



Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 R Ashwin Ind 381*/ 419 v WI at Mumbai 2013

2 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 364 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

3 V Philander SA 335*/ ! 335 v Ind at Durban 2013

4 Stuart Broad Eng 291 382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012

5 Shane Watson Aus 260 /* 394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011


Selected Rankings


Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

6 M Johnson Aus 246 384 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

8 Ryan Harris Aus 215*/*! 215 v Eng at Sydney 2014

9 Dale Steyn SA 203 229 v SL at Durban 2011

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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