If the Proteas lose tomorrow, they will remain No 3 in the Test rankings, and lose out on a considerable amount of prize money.
One thing that’s certain is India’s place at the top of the ICC Test rankings. They have retained the ICC Test Championship mace, and have won $1-million for their efforts.
With the cut-off date set at 1 April, the Proteas can seal second spot if they draw or beat New Zealand in the third Test and win the series. A loss will see them keep their current spot at No 3 in the world, while Australia, who lost 2-1 to India in the recently concluded four-match Test series, will finish second.
The side who finish second will earn R6,45-million, while the side finishing third will receive R2.58-million. England are already guaranteed R1,29-million for finishing fourth.
With the Proteas struggling on 80-5 going into the final day at Seddon Park, a draw will be their aim, especially with rain set to hamper parts of the day. A draw will secure them R3.87-million more than what they’d earn by losing and finishing third.
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