SA rise to third on Test rankings

January 9, 2017
The Proteas band of brothers

The Proteas’ series win against Sri Lanka bumps them to third on the ICC Test Rankings. 

After a 2-1 series defeat to England in December-January 2015-16, the Proteas sat seventh on the rankings. Since then, they went on to beat New Zealand 1-0 and followed this with a 2-1 series win in Australia in November 2016.

Their 282-run win which claimed a 2-0 lead and a series win in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, bumped them up one spot from No 4 to No 3 with 102 points, above England who sit in fourth with 101 points and Pakistan in fifth who slip further down the pecking order after a 3-0 series defeat to Australia after a 220-run loss in Sydney on Saturday.

Pakistan lost five points to slip to 97 points, just one point ahead of New Zealand, who beat Pakistan 2-0 in November.

The Proteas will take on Sri Lanka in the third and final Test match at the Wanderers on Thursday and could rise to 107 points with a 3-0 win and to 105 points if the series ends with a 2-0 win. Even if Sri Lanka wins the last Test in Johannesburg, SA will gain two points, taking them to 104 points with a 2-1 series victory.

This is promising for SA as they hunt down Australia, who sit on 109 points in second position.

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