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Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is the only Indian batsman while Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan and R Ashwin are the Indian bowlers who find a place among top 20 in the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday.
With 653 points, Tendulkar is placed at 19th spot in the rankings which is led by Australian captain Michael Clarke. However, South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has an opportunity to claim the number-one ranking for the first time in his career when he takes to the field against Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series in Johannesburg from Thursday 1 February.
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Amla is currently just one ratings point behind Australia’s number-one ranked Michael Clarke, and he leads third-ranked Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies by seven points. While a strong performance will put Amla ahead of the Australian, a failure can potentially drop him in the player rankings, which will next be updated at the conclusion of the Johannesburg Test.
Apart from Amla, a number of players will be aiming to make upward movements. These include team-mate AB de Villiers (sixth), Jacques Kallis (seventh), Younus Khan (ninth), Azhar Ali (11th), Graeme Smith in (12th) and Misbah-ul-Haq (13th).
The bowlers’ table is headed by South Africa spearhead Dale Steyn, who is currently just five ratings points away from breaking the 900 ratings points barrier for the second time in his career.
Steyn last achieved the magical 900-point mark in November 2011 after his efforts of four for 55 and two for 23 in the Cape Town Test against Australia, to become only the second South Africa bowler after Shaun Pollock to achieve the rare distinction.
In rankings terms, 900 or more ratings points means a player is truly outstanding, a benchmark for the very top bowlers.
Among other bowlers within the top 20 and expected to be in action during the series are Vernon Philander (second), Saeed Ajmal (third), Morne Morkel (eighth), Abdur Rehman (11th) and Umar Gul (19th).
Pragyan Ojha is placed at 9th position while Zaheer is at 15th spot and R Ashwin is 20th.
South Africa can seal top spot to claim US$450,000 on 1 April cut-off date
Meanwhile, a 0-0 series result for South Africa against Pakistan would be enough for South Africa to be guaranteed the number-one spot at the 1 April cut-off date for retaining the ICC Test Championship mace and prize money for the top-ranked Test team.
South Africa is currently placed at the top of the table with 124 ratings points, six ratings ahead of second-ranked England.
South Africa would thus have an opportunity to not only become richer by US$450,000, but also to retain the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship mace, irrespective of how the other series before the cut-off date pan out.
There are three more series lined up before the 1 April cut-off date. India hosts Australia for a four-match series from 22 February, New Zealand plays the first of a three-match series against England on 6 March in Dunedin, and West Indies plays Zimbabwe in the first of a two-match series on 16 March.
Only a 3-0 series win for Pakistan could see South Africa slip to third position with 117 ratings points, pushing to England to the top with Australia in second place.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Championship Table, please click here. The Test Championship table is updated after every series, unlike the ODI or T20I Championship tables, which are updated after every match.
A total of US $3.8m in prize money will be shared among the top four sides on 1 April 2013, 2014 and 2015, after the ICC Board approved a proposal earlier this year to substantially increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket in the period leading up to the ICC Test Championship event in 2017.
Previously, the top team in the Reliance ICC Test 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 increases in Test prize money.
Reliance ICC Test Championship table (as on 30 January)
Rank   Team                         Points
1.       South Africa               124
2.       England                      118
3.       Australia                     117
4.       Pakistan                      109
5.       India                           105
6.       Sri Lanka                    92
7.       West Indies                 91
8.       New Zealand              78
9.       Bangladesh                 0
Zimbabwe is currently unranked, as it has played insufficient matches. It has 167 points and a rating of 42.
(Developed by David Kendix)
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 30 January)
Batsmen
Rank     Player                 Team         Pts          Ave       HS Ranking
1           Michael Clarke    Aus         887         52.54     900 v SL at Melbourne 2012
2           Hashim Amla       SA           886!       51.39     886 v NZ at Port Elizabeth 2013
3           S.Chanderpaul     WI          879         51.67     901 v NZ at Napier 2008
4           K Sangakkara      SL           842         55.80     938 v Eng at Kandy 2007
5           Alastair Cook       Eng         836         49.42     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
6           AB de Villiers        SA           812         49.27     821 v Eng at The Oval 2012
7           Jacques Kallis       SA           809         56.73     935 v NZ at Centurion 2007
8           Ross Taylor          NZ          769         43.57     785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012
9           Younus Khan       Pak         761         51.69     880 v SL at Lahore 2009
10         Kevin Pietersen    Eng         759         49.42     909 v WI at Headingley 2007
11         Azhar Ali               Pak         753!       45.27     753 v SL at Pallekele 2012
12         Graeme Smith      SA           729         49.28     843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010
13         Misbah-ul-Haq    Pak         720         45.68     771 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2012
14         Jonathan Trott     Eng         709         49.50     856 v SL at Cardiff 2011
15         Matt Prior              Eng         693         43.19     698 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2012
16         Ian Bell                  Eng         680         46.71     822 v Ind at The Oval 2011
17         Marlon Samuels  WI          668!       37.36     668 v Ban at Khulna 2012
18         Darren Bravo       WI          661*      46.77     709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012
19         S Tendulkar          Ind          653         54.32     898 v Zim at Nagpur 2002
20         M Jayawardena   SL           652         49.56     883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009
Bowlers
Rank     Player                    Team       Pts          Ave      HS Ranking
1           Dale Steyn            SA           895         23.28     902 v SL at Centurion 2011
2           V Philander           SA           850*      17.40     859 v NZ at Cape Town 2013
3           Saeed Ajmal         Pak         832         27.09     836 v SL at Galle 2012
4           Rangana Herath  SL           809         29.95     838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012
5           Peter Siddle           Aus         800         28.51     806 v SL at Hobart 2012
6           James Anderson  Eng         759         30.39     813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011
7           Graeme Swann    Eng         755         29.13     858 v Pak at Lord’s 2010
8           Morne Morkel      SA           746         29.70     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
9           Pragyan Ojha       Ind          739*      31.62     773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012
10         Ben Hilfenhaus    Aus         721*      28.50     757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012
11         Abdur Rehman    Pak         704*      28.40     739 v Eng at Dubai 2012
12         Kemar Roach       WI          698*      27.69     712 v NZ at Kingston 2012
13         Stuart Broad         Eng         657         31.93     783 v WI at Lord’s 2012
14         S Al Hasan            Ban        641         32.53     680 v WI at Mirpur 2011
15         Zaheer Khan        Ind          625         32.35     752 v SA at Durban 2010
16         Steven Finn           Eng         611*      28.22     621 v SA at Lord’s 2012
17         Chris Martin         NZ          606         33.81     669 v SA at Hamilton 2012
18         M Johnson            Aus         600         30.63     825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009
19         Umar Gul              Pak         584         33.66     642 v Eng at Dubai 2012
20         R Ashwin               Ind          566*      32.41     595 v Eng at Ahmedabad 2012
All-rounders
Rank    Player                     Team       Pts          HS Ranking
1           Jacques Kallis       SA           396        616 v Pak at Durban 2002
2           S Al Hasan            Ban        387        404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011
3           Shane Watson      Aus         308/*    394 v SA at Johannesburg 2011
4           Graeme Swann    Eng         288        327 v Ban at Chittagong 2010
5           Daniel Vettori       NZ          285        412 v Pak at Napier 2009
 
originaly By Indian Sports News Network

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