The case for South Africa
August 5, 2009 by Dileep
If the meteorologists are right and Supertramp provide the soundtrack to the Headingley Test, then Australia’s long stay atop the Test-cricket perch will finally be over. A drawn series would drop them to No2 behind South Africa and an English triumph would see them inhabit the unfamiliar No4 position. (England will remain fifth regardless of the result of the series.)
Unlike other sports, the ICC has yet to devise a ranking system that the average punter can actually understand – teams, for example, can lose points despite winning a series – but when it comes to a South African ascension to the top spot, there would be few naysayers.
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