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Aus 'topped up' for topping ICC rankings

Australia received a cheque of $500,000 for being this year's leading side in both Tests and ODIs.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 16:18 IST

Cricket Australiaon Mondayreceived a cheque of $ 500,000 for being this year's top side in the LG ICC Test Championship and LG ICC ODI Championship.

The cheque was presented to Australia captain Ricky Ponting by ICC Director Mohammad Ali Asghar ahead of the second day's play in Fatullah for retaining a comfortable advantage in both official tables during last 12 months.

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, the cut-off date.

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 ODI ranking has dropped eight points over the year - but they still retain a comfortable cushion in both tables.

A record of nine wins, three draws and two defeats in Test cricket leaves Australia 18 points clear of its 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.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed congratulated Cricket Australia on this achievement.

"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."

CA received USD 250,000 for topping the Test and USD 250,000 for topping the ODI Championships.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 15:59 IST