New Zealand has overtaken Australia to take the third position in the ICC Test Team Rankings after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Test matches, which has resulted in them getting a bigger purse from the International Cricket Council at the extended cut-off date of 3 April.
New Zealand’s 1-0 series win over England and Australia’s 3-1 loss to South Africa have resulted in both teams finishing on 102 points in the team rankings. However, New Zealand is ahead by a wafer-thin margin, as they are now on 102.263 points and Australia are on 102.2 points.
The change in rankings means that New Zealand will now get a prize money of $200,000 for finishing third while Australia will have to be content with $100,000.
India has already been presented with the ICC Test Championship Mace and a $1 million prize money after they sealed the top spot following victory in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in January. South Africa had won the series 2-1. India and South Africa had also finished in similar rankings in 2017.
ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 3 April, after the Christchurch and Johannesburg Tests):
|2||South Africa||117 (+2)|
|3||New Zealand||102 (+2)|