New Zealand have overtaken Australia to take third position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Test matches, which has resulted in them getting a bigger purse from the International Cricket Council at the extended cut-off date of 3 April.
New Zealand’s 1-0 series win over England and Australia’s 3-1 loss to South Africa have resulted in both teams finishing on 102 points in the team rankings. However, New Zealand are ahead by a wafer-thin margin, as they are now on 102.263 points and Australia are on 102.2 points.
The change in rankings means that New Zealand will now get a prize money of $200,000 for finishing third while Australia will have to be content with $100,000.
South Africa had already assured themselves of the second place and $500,000 after having taken up a 2-1 lead in the series since only Australia could overtake them in the team list. Australia needed to win 3-0 or better to overtake South Africa while they had to avoid losing 3-1 or worse to ensure that neither New Zealand nor England could overtake them.
India have already been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace and a $1 million prize money after they sealed the top spot following victory in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in January. South Africa had won the series 2-1.
India and South Africa had also finished in similar rankings in 2017.
MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 3 April, after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Tests)
|2||South Africa||117 (+2)|
|3||New Zealand||102 (+2)|
(Developed by David Kendix)
*The cut-off for the annual rankings is generally 1 April but was extended this year owing to these two series ending on 3 April.