Monday, December 24, 2007

Proteas finish year in 2nd place

By Henry Booysen
24 December 2007

The Proteas finished 2007 in second place in the official LG ICC rankings for both ODI and Test match cricket.

Media officer for Cricket South Africa Micheal-Owen Smith says that although South Africa was ranked second for most of the year and the Proteas has made major improvement to improve their game, especially the five-day format.

“The Castle Test squad was only ranked No 5 at the start of this year but they have won four series in a row in 2007 – at home to India and Pakistan, away to Pakistan and finally at home to New Zealand – and this enabled them to displace England as the world’s official No 2 side,” says Smith.

He elaborated that South Africa can strengthen their lead even further by winning the upcoming Castle Test series against West Indies which starts at Sahara Oval St. George’s on Wednesday.

The latest LG ICC Test ratings are as follows:

Rank Team Rating
1 Australia 143
2 South Africa 109
3 Sri Lanka 109
4 India 109
5 England 107
6 Pakistan 94
7 New Zealand 91
8 West Indies 72
9 Banngladesh 4

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