South Africa aim for clean sweep to claim No 1 ranking

Dubai March 06, 2012: Clean Sweep, South Africa will be aiming to carry the winning momentum from its ODI series into the three-Test series against New Zealand starting in Dunedin on Wednesday which will earn it the status of the number-one Test ranked side in the world in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date for the first time since the Test rankings were introduced in 2001.

Second-ranked South Africa trails top-ranked England by just one rating point. And to move ahead of Andrew Strauss’s side, Graeme Smith’s men have to win all the three Tests. A 3-0 win will put South Africa one ratings point ahead of England on 119 while any other series result will not be enough to help the Proteas make history.

Though England and Sri Lanka go head-to-head in a two-Test series from 26 March in Galle, the series outcome will not affected the Test Championship table as the series will conclude on 7 April in Colombo.

If South Africa wins all the three Tests, it will celebrate the achievement by receiving the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace which is presented to the side which tops the Championship table at the 1 April cut-off date, along with a cash award of US$175,000.

However, if South Africa fails to achieve the desired series result, then England will retain the mace it won at The Oval last year after defeating India 4-0, as well as a cheque of US$175,000 whereas South Africa will once again have to settle with the runner-up prize of US$75,000.

To find out exactly how the forthcoming Test series will affect the Championship table, please click here. The Test Championship table, unlike the ODI Championship table, is updated only after the end of the series.

Series schedule:

7-11 March – First Test, Dunedin

15-19 March – Second Test, Hamilton

23-27 March – Third Test, Wellington

Reliance ICC Test Championship table (before the start of New Zealand and South Africa Test series)

Rank Team Ratings

1- England 118

2- South Africa 117

3- India 111

4- Australia 111

5- Pakistan 108

6- Sri Lanka 98

7- West Indies 88

8- New Zealand 83

9- Bangladesh 4

(Zimbabwe will have to play eight Tests in the qualification period before it will have a ranking)

(Developed by David Kendix)

Batsmen (top 20)

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

1 K.Sangakkara SL 850 55.97 938 v Eng at Kandy 2007

2 Jacques Kallis SA 846 57.02 935 v NZ at Centurion 2007

3 Michael Clarke Aus 821 49.65 855 v Eng at Headingley 2009

4 AB de Villiers SA 815! 49.42 815 v SL at Cape Town 2012

5 Younus Khan Pak 797 52.44 880 v SL at Lahore 2009

6 Alastair Cook Eng 784 48.60 836 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

7 T.Samaraweera SL 775! 53.42 775 v SA at Cape Town 2012

8 S.Chanderpaul WI 766 49.28 901 v NZ at Napier 2008

9 Hashim Amla SA 760 46.97 842 v Ind at Kolkata 2010

10= S.Tendulkar Ind 749 55.44 898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002

Azhar Ali Pak 749*! 43.17 749 v Eng at Dubai 2012

12 Misbah-ul-Haq Pak 741 45.27 771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012

13 Jonathan Trott Eng 740 53.15 856 v SL at Cardiff 2011

14 Ricky Ponting Aus 735 53.44 942 v Eng at Adelaide 2006

15 Graeme Smith SA 731 49.42 843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010

16 Mike Hussey Aus 728 50.82 921 v WI at Kingston 2008

17 Ian Bell Eng 723 47.01 822 v Ind at The Oval 2011

18 Ross Taylor NZ 717 42.85 775 v Pak at Wellington 2009

19 Rahul Dravid Ind 708 52.31 892 v Pak at Kolkata 2005

20 Kevin Pietersen Eng 696 48.69 909 v WI at Headingley 2007

Other selected rankings

Rank Player Team Pts Ave HS Rating

27 B.McCullum NZ 616 36.32 673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

31 Daniel Vettori NZ 586 30.69 672 v Pak at Napier 2009

49 Martin Guptill NZ 482* 33.76 515 v Zim at Bulawayo 2011

52 Mark Boucher SA 470 30.20 566 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2010

55 Alviro Petersen SA 424*! 37.88 424 v SL at Cape Town 2012

63 Kane Williamson NZ 375* 30.75 442 v Ind at Hyderabad 2010

77 BJ Watling NZ 323*! 34.70 323 v Zim at Napier 2012

86 Tim Southee NZ 289*! 21.08 289 v Zim at Napier 2012

91 Jacques Rudolph SA 269* 35.52 564 v Eng at Cape Town 2005

99 Dale Steyn SA 255! 15.77 255 v SL at Cape Town 2012

Bowlers (top 20)

Rank Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating

1 Dale Steyn SA 896 23.07 902 v SL at Centurion 2011

2 Saeed Ajmal Pak 835! 26.70 835 v Eng at Dubai 2012

3 James Anderson Eng 789 30.46 813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011

4 Stuart Broad Eng 777! 30.97 777 v Pak at Dubai 2012

5 Peter Siddle Aus 768! 29.03 768 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

6 Graeme Swann Eng 740 28.53 858 v Pak at Lord’s 2010

7 Abdur Rehman Pak 739*! 27.37 739 v Eng at Dubai 2012

8 Ben Hilfenhaus Aus 726*! 28.91 726 v Ind at Adelaide 2012

9 Morne Morkel SA 715 30.58 776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011

10 Zaheer Khan Ind 697 31.78 752 v SA at Durban 2010

11 S.Al Hasan Ban 678* 31.33 680 v WI at Mirpur 2011

12 Rangana Herath SL 660 34.33 681 v SA at Durban 2011

13 Chris Martin NZ 658! 33.33 658 v Zim at Napier 2012

14 Daniel Vettori NZ 651 33.65 681 v Aus at Auckland 2000

15 Umar Gul Pak 642! 32.47 642 v Eng at Dubai 2012

16 Tim Bresnan Eng 604* 23.60 623 v Ind at The Oval 2011

17 Shane Watson Aus 585* 28.01 633 v SA at Cape Town 2011

18 Mitchell Johnson Aus 583 31.29 825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009

19= Chris Tremlett Eng 574* 26.75 638 v Ind at Lord’s 2011

Vernon Philander SA 574*! 13.23 574 v SL at Cape Town 2012

Other selected rankings

Rank Player Team Pts Avge Econ HS Rating

32 Doug Bracewell NZ 473*! 16.47 473 v Zim at Napier 2012

34 Jacques Kallis SA 467 32.51 742 v Eng at Headingley 2003

43 Tim Southee NZ 355*! 41.42 355 v Zim at Napier 2012

53 M.de Lange SA 296* 15.75 299 v SL at Durban 2011

58 Imran Tahir SA 250*! 36.78 250 v SL at Cape Town 2012

70 Trent Boult NZ 173*! 19.83 173 v Zim at Napier 2012

73 L.Tsotsobe SA 164* 49.77 179 v Ind at Durban 2010

74 Brent Arnel NZ 162* 55.77 199 v Pak at Hamilton 2011

95 Martin Guptill NZ 69* 39.20 114 v Pak at Napier 2009

All-rounders (top three)

Rank Player Team Pts HS Rating

1 Shakib Al Hasan Ban 404 /*! 404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011

2 Jacques Kallis SA 395 616 v Pak at Durban 2002

3 Daniel Vettori NZ 381 412 v Pak at Napier 2009

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets. !indicates career-highest rating. —- ICC

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