Proteas closing in on top spot

February 7, 2012 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

England’s grip on the ICC Test ranking top spot is coming under serious threat following their 3-0 series whitewash at the hands of Pakistan. Currently on 118 points, England are in danger of losing their number one spot, with South Africa now just a single point behind them in second and looking to end the English’s short reign at the top.

The current kings of Test cricket were brought down to earth with a real bang in the United Arab Emirates, at the hands of a Pakistan side that was thought to be in disarray. A complete lack of tactical awareness seemed critical to England’s mauling, with the Pakistani spin attack taking apart the English batsmen in ruthless fashion. Anyone looking at the cricket betting will have been surprised by how poor they were.

While the result has had a negative impact on England’s ranking, it has breathed fresh life into Pakistan’s Test hopes, moving them to within touching distance of the top four, three points behind the Indians and Australians in joint third. If Pakistan can maintain this level of performance, then their dreams of returning to being a major Test power again are very achievable. Fans of Betfair should bear this in mind.

Pakistan’s coach Mohsin Khan has admitted he believes this side could yet go on to achieve what England have – becoming the world’s best Test playing nation.
“It’s not a very experienced team, not a world beater, but it’s a very talented team and I have lot of faith in the captain,” he said.

“But we have to perform the same way when we play in Australia, South Africa or England.”

“To become number one it’s very important you perform all over the cricketing world.”

England will now have to wait to see the outcome of South Africa’s upcoming series against New Zealand to see whether or not they can maintain their hold on the top spot. The Proteas will know that a 3-0 series victory against a hit-and-miss New Zealand side will see them leapfrog the English at the top of the tree ahead of the April 1 end-of-season awards.


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