Lankan vs South Africa test series and the battle for Rankings begins tomorrow


Meanwhile, the two-Test series between Sri Lanka and South Africa starts in Galle on Wednesday with the tourists in with a chance to reclaim their number-one position on the Reliance ICC Test Team Table.

To regain the spot which South Africa lost to Australia after the annual update on 1 May, it needs to win the series which will be enough to put Hashim Amla’s men ahead of Michael Clarke’s charges. In this scenario, South Africa will move one ratings point ahead of Australia, while a 2-0 series win will put the visitors on 126 ratings points.

On the other hand, if Sri Lanka wins the series then it will leapfrog England into fifth position while a 2-0 win will mean it will finish ahead of Pakistan and England in fourth spot.

The series will feature the top three batsmen in the world – number-one ranked AB de Villiers, second-ranked Kumar Sangakkara and third-ranked Hashim Amla – and two of the three best bowlers – number-one ranked Dale Steyn and third-ranked Vernon Philander.