Dubai, March 26 (IANS) The battle for second place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings at the 1 April cut-off date resulted in a photo-finish between England and India Tuesday.
In the end, the draw at Auckland in the third and final Test against New Zealand handed England the No.2 rank while India finished third. South Africa had already sealed their position as the No.1 ranked Test side, meaning they not only retained the Test mace but are also assured of $450,000.
England will receive $350,000 for finishing second while India get $250,000 for third.
England needed to win or draw the Auckland Test to secure the second position while India not only needed to win the Delhi Test but also had to hope for a New Zealand victory. Had New Zealand won the series 1-0, India could have finished in the second position.
The following is the ICC Test Championship table (as on March 26 after India-Australia and England-New Zealand series):
1. South Africa 128 (ratings points)
2. England 114
3. India 112
4. Australia 110
5. Pakistan 104
6. Sri Lanka 92
7. West Indies 92
8. New Zealand 83
9. Bangladesh 1
Zimbabwe are currently unranked as they have played insufficient matches. They have 263 points and a rating of 38.