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SA regain No. 1 spot

Calcutta: South Africa has reclaimed the No. 1 Test position on the ICC Test team championship after holding Sri Lanka to a draw in the second Test in Colombo on Monday. The result has given the Proteas a 1-0 series win.

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.

The 1-0 series win has now put South Africa ahead of Australia on 124 ratings points and has also allowed them to regain the position they had surrendered to Michael Clarke’s side on 1 May following the annual Test update.

“Getting to No. 1 wasn’t our primary aim. We wanted to find a winning formula with a new team,” an elated Amla told reporters after the win.

South Africa will now play Zimbabwe in a one-off Test in Harare on 9 th August. But when Australia travel to the Sheikhdom in October to play Pakistan in the two-Test series, they will aim to get back on top of the tree. And to make it happen, they will have to win the series, be it by a 1-0 or 2-0 margin.

Rankings

Teams: 1. South Africa; 2. Australia; 3. Pakistan; 4. India; 5. England; 6. Sri Lanka; 7. New Zealand; 8. West Indies; 9. Zimbabwe; 10. Bangladesh