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Proteas honoured as number one Test side

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat received the ICC Test mace on behalf of the Proteas.

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat is presented with a cheque for $475 000 by ICC CEO Dave Richardson. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat on Tuesday received the prestigious International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship mace and prize money of US$475,000 (R4,9 million) on behalf of the Proteas.

This after the team finished on top of the ICC Test Team Rankings.

It was the second consecutive time South Africa finished in the top spot on the 1 April cut-off date.

The current ranking system was introduced back in 2003.

Despite losing to Australia in their last Test series, the Proteas were assured of the number one position on the table, irrespective of the series result.

South Africa finished top with 127 points, 12 points ahead of second-placed Australia.

India had to settle for a third-placed cheque of US$265,000 (R2,7 million), while England received US$160,000 (R1,6 million) for finishing fourth.

ICC CEO David Richardson presented the mace and the cheque to Lorgat at a ceremony in Newlands, Cape Town.

He says he was delighted to collect the award on behalf of the Proteas.

"I am delighted to receive the Reliance ICC Test mace and prize money, not just on behalf of the players and the team management, but on behalf of all South Africans. I know the players relish the enormous privilege of representing our country and also appreciate the responsibility that goes with it," Lorgat said.

Richardson believes the Proteas are worthy recipients of the award.

"The mace is a symbol of excellence and recognition of a side's outstanding achievement in the toughest and most traditional format of the game.

"South Africa has all the reasons to be proud of its feat as it is only the fourth team after Australia, India and England to hold the mace. Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport. By promoting it as much as we can, we will help to ensure its continuing good health as one of our three forms of the game at international level."