AGENCIES
Dubai, 7 March
Australia&’s 245-runs victory in the third and final Test in Cape Town against No 1-ranked South Africa has not only helped them win the series 2-1, but has also allowed them to finish in second position on the International Cricket Council Test team rankings list at the customary 1 April cut-off date. The victory in Cape Town also means Australia, who had entered the series in third position on 111 ratings points, have gained four ratings points to finish on 115 — three ahead of India. This means Australia have won an award of $370,000, while India will have to settle for $265,000. England will receive $160,000 for finishing fourth.
South Africa, thanks to their commanding lead at the top of the table, retain the mace in spite of dropping to 127 ratings points and will also get richer by the top prize of $475,000. At its January 2012 meeting, the ICC board approved a proposal to increase incentives in the form of prize money to promote Test cricket.
In 2015, the total prize money will be increased to $1.34 million, which will be distributed to the teams that finish in the top four at the 1 April 2015 cut-off date. The No 1-ranked side will receive $500,000, followed by $390,000, $280,000 and $170,000 to the sides that finish second, third and fourth, respectively.

T20 rankings:   They might be out of action for quite sometime in this format of the game, but India managed to hold to their second position in the  ICC T20I Team Rankings issued today. Both India and third-placed South Africa have 123 points its their accounts, but the former just managed to pip the Proteas when ratings were calculated beyond the decimal point. Sri Lanka  lead the chart with 129  points.

Vengsarkar&’s hope: Though disappointed at the India’s recent pathetic performance,  Dilip Vengsarkar is optimistic about the M S Dhoni-led side’s chances in the World T20 championship in Bangladesh.