12 Mar 2012

Dunedin rain costs South Africa shot at top ranking

7:00 am on 12 March 2012

Yesterday's rain in Dunedin which washed out the final day of the first New Zealand-South Africa cricket test, cost the Proteas any chance of replacing England as the top-ranked test playing nation by the April the 1st cut off date.

The tourists needed a 3-nil series win over the Black Caps to become world number one, and the drawn match in Dunedin means England have secured the top ranking which will earn them a 200-thousand dollars bonus.

The team topping the table at the April 1st cut-off date next year will receive a minimum of 550-thousand dollars, and there'll be a further increase in 2015.

England host South Africa in a three test series later this year.