New Zealand-South Africa Test Washout Cost Australia Dearly
The Hamilton Test washout between New Zealand and South Africa has cost Australia dear as the team from Down Under will now drop below the Proteas in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings. Steve Smith’s men, who were currently second in the rankings, will now lose their spot to South Africa who was third in the standings. The rise in ranking will also see South Africa earning a bonus $300,000.
Faf du Plessis’ men had their back against the wall after the end of the fourth day. Reeling at 80 for 5 in the second innings, the visitors were still in need of 95 runs on a tough final day pitch to go past New Zealand’s massive first innings total of 489. On the other hand, the Black Caps were looking to win the final match of the three-match series to level the series. However, their hopes were quashed by torrential and persistent rain. The contest ended in a draw which means South Africa have not only won the series 1-0 but will also displace Australia as the number two Test side in the world.
South Africa will now earn a $500,000 bonus for being in second place by the April 1 cut-off date, while Australia’s drop to third means they will get $200,000.
Meanwhile, India has retained the ICC Test Championship mace after the 2-1 series win over Australia. The world number one side will earn $1 million for finishing at the top of the Test rankings on the cut-off date.
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