Australia needs a draw in Cape Town to finish ahead of India in second place in Test rankings
South Africa’s quartet of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, as well as David Warner, Chris Rogers and Nathan Lyon of Australia are the biggest movers in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings released on Monday morning, following the conclusion of the Port Elizabeth Test, which the home side won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series one-all.
Amla, who followed up his second-ball zero with his 21st career century, has moved up two places to join Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara in second place in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsman, with team-mate AB de Villiers still leading the field by a distance.
Australia opener David Warner, who scored two half-centuries, is the other batsman inside the top 20 to head in the right direction. The left-hander has gained two places in the latest rankings and is now in 10th position.
Rogers has returned to the top 20 as his second innings contribution of 107 has given him a lift of six places to 16th position. After Michael Clarke (ninth), Warner and Steven Smith (17th), Rogers is the fourth Australia batsman to occupy a place in the top 20.
South Africa’s du Plessis is the next biggest mover in the batting chart as he has leaped seven places to 29th following his scores of 55 and 24. He is followed by Duminy whose 123 in the first innings has put him in 45th (up by 20 places). Elgar’s 83 and 16 has lifted him 36 places to 77th spot.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has moved up one place to third while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has gained two places following his match figures of six for 178 to move into 17th position.
Meanwhile, Australia needs a draw in the Cape Town Test to be assured of second place in the Reliance ICC Test Team Championship at the 1 April cut-off date, which, in turn, will earn it US$370,000. If South Africa wins the Test, then Australia will finish third and earn US$265,000 while India will leapfrog into second place to claim US$370,000.
South Africa, thanks to its commanding lead at the top of the Reliance ICC Test Rankings, has already retained the mace and will also collect a cheque of US$475,000 at an event to be held in due course. England, which will finish fourth at the 1 April cut-off date, will receive US$160,000.
At the January 2012 meeting, the ICC Board had approved a proposal to substantially increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket.
In 2015, the total prize money will be increased to US$1.34 million, which will be distributed to the teams that finish in the top four at the 1 April 2015 cut-off date. The number-one ranked side will receive US$500,000, followed by US$390, 000, US$280,000 and US$170,000 to the sides that will finish second, third and fourth, respectively.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series.