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South Africa retains No.1 Test position

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Last updated on: December 03, 2012 21:25 IST

South Africa retained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings after beating Australia by a mammoth 309 runs in the third and final Test to clinch the series 1-0 in Perth.

- South Africa crush Australia to clinch series

South Africa's series victory means that it is the clear leader at the top of the table, leading second-ranked England by six ratings points.

Australia is still in third position, butĀ dropped to 114 after conceding three ratings points, the ICC said.

The South Africa team with the Test championship maceHowever, Australia will move ahead of England if India wins the remaining two Tests in Kolkata and Nagpur.

If India does win the next two Tests, it will also jump ahead of England, by 0.01 point.

If India wins the series 3-1, then it will have 111.59 ratings points while England will have 111.58.

In sharp contrast, if England wins the remaining two Tests, then it will rise to 119 ratings points and India will drop to 103 ratings points.

In case of a drawn series, England will drop two points while India will gain two points.

A total of $3.8 million in prize-money will be shared among the top four sides on April 1, 2013, 2014 and 2015, after the ICC Board approved a proposal earlier this year to substantially increase incentives to promote Test cricket in the period leading up to the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.

Previously, the top team in the rankings received a cheque for $175,000, but, from 2013, it will receive a minimum of $450,000, rising to $500,000 in 2015. From 2016 there will be further increase in Test prize money.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has an outstanding opportunity to move ahead of the West Indies into seventh position on the ODI Championship table.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, Bangladesh is already guaranteed a place ahead of New Zealand in eighth position, but, to move up one more place, it needs to win the remaining three matches that will be played in Mirpur on 5, 7 and 8 December.

Image: South Africa captain Graeme Smith poses with team mates and the ICC Test Championship mace after winning the third Test against Australia at the WACA on Monday.

Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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