Cricket - England ranked second thanks to thrilling draw

The battle for second place on the ICC Test rankings ahead of the 1 April cut-off date resulted in a photo-finish that saw England pip India.

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England's James Anderson bowls during day two of the first international cricket Test match between New Zealand and England at the University Oval Park in Dunedin on March 7, 2013 (AFP)

The exciting draw in the third and final Test at Auckland against New Zealand handed England the number two ranking.

England needed to win or draw the Auckland Test to secure second position, while India not only needed to win the Delhi Test but also had to hope for a New Zealand victory in the Auckland Test.

If New Zealand had won the series 1-0, then India could have finished in second position at the 1 April cut-off date.

The Championship table also reflects results from the West Indies-Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka-Bangladesh series.

South Africa had already sealed its position as the number-one ranked Test side at the 1 April cut-off date, which means it has not only retained the Test mace but has also been assured of a reward of US$450,000.

But a further US$750,000 was still up for grabs. This money will now be distributed amongst England for finish second (US$350,000), India for finishing third (US$250,000) and Australia for being fourth (US$150,000) on the table at the cut-off date.

Rankings

Rank   (+/-) Team                         Points

1.         South Africa               128 

 2. (-)    England                      114 (-4)

3. (+1)   India                          112 (+7)

4. (-1)    Australia                    110 (-7)

5.          Pakistan                     104

 6. (-)     Sri Lanka                     92

 7. (-)     West Indies                  92 (+1)

 8. (-)     New Zealand                83 (+5)

 9. (-)     Bangladesh                    1 (+1)

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