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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: SA inches closer to Aussies on Test points

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2001, 16:33 [IST]
 
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London: South Africa's 1-0 series win in Zimbabwe has moved it closer to Australia at the top of the Test Championship table. The two points gained by South Africa takes its series average up to 1.5, just 0.12 behind the table topping Australians with 1.62, according to an official press release from the International Cricket Council (ICC).[an error occurred while processing this directive]The recently completed series is a new one for the Test Championship,meaning that South Africa has now played 16 of a possible 18 home and away series. It has won 11, drawn two and lost three of these, with two of the losses against Australia. The statistics add even greater significance tothe build up to the home and away series against the current champion teamin December and February.Zimbabwe's continued struggle to win series, despite the outstanding form of star batsman Andy Flower and the promise of youngsters like Hamilton Masakadza, leaves it in ninth position on the table, with six points from 15 series and a reduced average of 0.40, the release added. Excluding the currently postponed Pakistan v New Zealand series, futureseries will include: November: South Africa (2) v India (8); Australia (1) v New Zealand (6); Bangladesh (10) v Zimbabwe (9) and Sri Lanka (4) v West Indies (5).December: India (8) v England (3); New Zealand (6) v Bangladesh (10) and Australia (1) v South Africa (2). The current position:
TeamPlayedWonLostDrawnPointsAverage
Australia131021211.62
South Africa161132241.50
England14752161.14
Sri Lanka13652141.08
West Indies13661131.00
New Zealand15672140.93
Pakistan15375110.73
India1337390.69
Zimbabwe15211260.40
Bangladesh10100-

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