South Africa replace England as No. 1 top Test team.South Africa hold nerve to take No. 1 as the top aggregation in the ICC Test Championship table afterward its 2-0 achievement over Andrew Strauss’s aggregation in the three-match alternation which concluded at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London today.
South Africa displaced England at the top of the Test rankings with a 51-run achievement in the third Test at Lord’s to defended a 2-0 achievement in the series. It was a thoroughly becoming achievement by a ancillary that had bedeviled the alternation but England, affected by atrocious affairs to play with daring, went down with a spirit that for a accessory army fabricated their abortion easier to bear.
For South Africa’s captain, Graeme Smith, there accept to accept been just a few flutters of agnosticism afore the greatest celebration of his appalling administration was accepted and he accustomed the billy from the ICC arch executive, Dave Richardson. He has had too abounding disappointments for there not to be. It was adapted that the moment he knew achievement accept to accord to South Africa was if Matt Prior was ninth out for 73 and he plunged for the red brawl at aboriginal blooper with easily like an angel catcher.
One brawl after came South Africa’s victory, Steven Finn blame at Vernon Philander and this time Jacques Kallis captivation on at additional slip. Philander, who until Lord’s had been abundantly overshadowed. accomplished with 5 for 30 and had top-and-tailed England with anniversary new brawl in turn. Good runs as able-bodied fabricated him a aces almsman of the Man-of-the-Match award.
England had tried, and failed, throughout the alternation to affected South Africa with bound acclimatized cricket. They had been formed by an innings in the aboriginal Test at The Oval but, in the closing moments of addition defeat at Lord’s, they had at atomic affronted their above opponents with adventure. Perhaps it agitated a cogent bulletin that their action had been too narrow. Perhaps it was annihilation added than a endure fling.
England had been the top aggregation in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table back August 2011 if it dethroned India while South Africa has affected the amount one atom for the aboriginal time back November 2009.