Cricket - South Africa beat England to Test ranking windfall

South Africa are set to pocket £290,000 after they guaranteed the number one position in the ICC Test Championship beyond the April 1 cut-off date for prize money to be awarded in 2013.

Cricket - South Africa beat England to Test ranking windfall

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South Africa's players celebrate (Reuters)

The Proteas' four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second Test at Newlands on Sunday means they now cannot be caught at the top of the rankings by nearest rivals England, who are in New Zealand, or Australia, who are touring India.

The prize money is a significant increase from previous years, when £113,000 was given the teams topping the test or one-day international championship table.

While South Africa have sealed the number one spot, the battle for second, third and fourth positions is still alive with 13 points separating second-ranked England from fifth-ranked India.

The nation that claims second position at the cut-off date will pick up £226,000, while the team finishing third will collect £162,000 and fourth takes home £97,000.

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ICC Test Championship table

South Africa 32 3965 124

England 41 4825 118

Australia 42 4916 117

Pakistan 29 3148 109

India 37 3879 105

Sri Lanka 36 3318 92

West Indies 31 2809 91

New Zealand 30 2333 78

Bangladesh 15 0 0

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