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Australia receive $500,000 for Tests, ODIs

 
Written by Kashif Aziz on April 11th, 2006   (244 views)

[tag]Australia[/tag] have received a cheque for US$500,000 (Aus$685,000) for being this year’s top side in the International Cricket Council ([tag]ICC[/tag]) Test Championship and ICC ODI Championship.

Australia collected the reward ahead of the second day’s play in the first Test against [tag]Bangladesh[/tag], after retaining a comfortable advantage in both official tables over the course of the 12-month period. This is the second consecutive year in which Australia have benefited from their dominance of both the Test and ODI tables on the April 1 cut-off date.

“The ICC Rankings have proved to be an excellent way of measuring the relative achievements of teams in both Test and ODI cricket and for the second year in a row Australia has come out on top,” said Malcolm Speed, the ICC’s chief executive.

“There was a lot of focus on their Ashes defeat earlier in the year but it is interesting to note that the only two Test matches they lost in 12 months of cricket were by two runs and three wickets. They should be congratulated for once again proving to be the most consistent team in both forms of the game.”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland paid tribute to the performance of the Australian team and the administrative bodies that support the players off the field. “We are extremely proud of the players and support staff who have helped Australia to this position and look forward to the challenge of trying to make it three in a row in 2007.”

Australia’s dominance of both Test and ODI cricket is marginally less convincing that it was 12 months ago — their Test ranking is one point lower than in 2005 and their ODI ranking has dropped eight points over the year — but they still retain a comfortable cushion in both ICC tables.

A record of nine wins, three draws and two defeats in Test cricket leaves Australia 18 points clear of their nearest rival England in the Test table. In ODI cricket the gap to second-placed South Africa is 13 points after Australia’s record of 20 wins, one tie and 10 defeats in ODI cricket. Cricket Australia received US$250,000 for topping each of the tables.

Source: The News

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