Proteas reclaim No 1 Test position on ICC leaderboard post Lanka series win
The South Africa Test team has reclaimed their number one Test position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team Championship after defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in the two-match Test series in Colombo.
South Africa had won the first Test against Sri Lanka and held the hosts to a draw in the second one in Colombo on Monday to rise to the top of the leaderboard again.
South Africa had entered the two-Test series against Sri Lanka on equal points with Australia (123 ratings points), however, Hashim Amla's side was ranked below Australia when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point, Sport24 reported.
The 1-0 series win has now put South Africa ahead of Australia on 124 ratings points and has also Amla's squad to regain the position they had surrendered to Michael Clarke's side on May 1, 2014 following the annual Test update.
South Africa will now face Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare starting on August 9.
But when the Australian Test team travels to the Sheikhdom in October to play Pakistan in their two-Test series, they would be out to get back on top of the tree and they need a 1-0 or 2-0 margin win in the series to make that happen.
The current standings of the teams in the ICC Test Team Rankings table is as follows:
1. South Africa: 124
2. Australia: 123
3. Pakistan: 103
4. India: 102
5. England: 100
6. Sri Lanka: 95
7. New Zealand: 93
8. West Indies: 74
9. Zimbabwe: 40
10. Bangladesh: 21
(Posted on 29-07-2014)