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South Africa has retained its status as the number-one ranked team on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table following its 309 runs victory over Australia in the third and final Test in Perth that has given it a 1-0 series win. South Africa's series victory means that it is the clear leader at the top of the table, leading second-ranked England by six ratings points. Australia is still in third position but has dropped to 114 after conceding three ratings points.

However, Australia will move ahead of England if India wins the remaining two Tests in Kolkata and Nagpur. If India does win the next two Tests, it will win the series 3-1 and also jump ahead of England, by 0.01 point. If India wins the series 3-1, then it will have 111.59 ratings points while England will have 111.58.

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Ponting, Australia's 366th Test player and 42nd Test captain, announced earlier today that the Vodafone Perth Test v South Africa starting tomorrow will be his last. It will be his 168th Test for Australia, equalling Steve Waugh's record as most Tests played by an Australian.

CA Chairman Wally Edwards said Ponting's retirement decision and announcement was typical of the way he had approached his cricket since becoming a first-class player in his teens and a Test player at 20.

"Ricky is always uncompromisingly straightforward and leads from the front – he has made a decision that he believes is best for him, his family and his team," Mr Edwards said.

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Michael Clarke has regained the number-one ranking in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen after producing a spectacular performance in the second cricket Test between Australia and South Africa which ended in a thrilling draw in Adelaide on Monday.

The 31-year-old captain scored a masterly 230 in the first innings, his fourth double-century of the year, which has earned him 33 ratings points and has helped him leapfrog Kumar Sangkkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo of Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis into the number-one position.

This is the third time Clarke has moved to the top of the table. He first achieved the number-one ranking in August 2009 and then again surged to the top earlier this year in March-April. Unfortunately, both the times his stay at the top has been brief – a possibility which still exists as he leads Sangakkara by a slender 10 ratings points margin.

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Faf du Plessis produced one of the finest defensive innings in South African cricket history to secure an astonishing draw in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. Resuming on a precarious 77-4 and needing to bat the entire day to prevent the home team taking a one-nil lead, Du Plessis survived until the close moving from his overnight 19 not out to finish with a maiden Test century as South Africa closed on 248-8 from a mammoth 148 overs.

The Nashua Titans right-hander's unbeaten 110 was crafted from 376 deliveries faced over the course of seven hours and 44 minutes.

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South Africa are staring defeat in the face after a frustrating fourth day's play in the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval after reaching stumps on 77-4 in pursuit of a highly unlikely victory target of 430. The home side recovered from a precarious overnight position of 111-5 to declare on 267-8 a dozen overs after lunch leaving the Proteas to survive – or prosper – in 135 overs.

Their second innings started in the worst possible fashion when captain and first innings centurion Graeme Smith edged his second delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus to second slip with just three runs on the board.

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The West Indies wrapped up the test series 2-0 in impressive fashion on Day 5 in Khulna, needing a little over an hour to get the job done. Tino Best was the architect the Bangladeshi demise in the second innings, taking a career best 6-40 despite carrying a hamstring strain to knock over the hosts for 287. That left the Windies with the small matter of posting 27 runs to win the second test, a task they accomplished in under 5 overs without losing any wickets.

Shakib Al Hasan had killed any hopes Bangladesh had of salvaging a draw from this game when he committed hara-kiri on the last ball of day 4, falling for 97 in an attempt to get to his century before the close of play. The overnight undefeated batsman Nasir Hossain continued though to wage war against the Windies, powering his way from 64 to 94 before he too was denied a deserved century, bowled off his pads by Best.

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jacques_kallis_tRory Kleinveldt led yet another fight back by South Africa on the third day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday as the hosts closed on 111-5 in their second innings, leading by 273. The Proteas endured a torrid morning session with the bat after resuming on 217-2 with high hopes of challenging Australia's formidable first innings score of 550. But five wickets tumbled for the addition of just 17 runs as the tourists collapsed to 250-7, still 300 in arrears.

An eighth wicket stand of 93, featuring an injured Jacques Kallis batting at number nine, restored some respectability to the innings with Faf du Plessis looking as assured and confident as any Proteas debutant in recent years during a stylish, yet resilient, innings of 78 from 159 balls with 13 fours and a six.

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