South Africa-Australia series could see interesting tussle for second place
Feb.27 (CRICKETNMORE) - India may already have been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace after being assured of the top place in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings at the cut-off date of 3 April but South Africa and Australia feature in a four-Test series from Thursday in what could be an interesting tussle for the second place.
India clinched the $1 million prize money for the second year running and South Africa will be similarly looking to seal the second prize of $500,000, which they are well placed to do. Australia can overtake South Africa if they win 3-0 or better but Australia (104 points) also have the danger of slipping from their third position and seeing either New Zealand or England overtake them as the two sides are scheduled to play a two-Test series that also culminates on 3 April.
Australia could slip to 100 points with a 4-0 loss and to 101 with a 3-0 loss while New Zealand (100) can go up to 104 points with a 2-0 win while a similar comprehensive verdict for England (99) will see them go up to 102 points. The side finishing third gets $200,000 and the fourth team gets $100,000.