England stay second

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England’s dramatic exploits in Auckland ensured they will remain second in the Test rankings on the cut-off date of April 1, earning $US350,000 in the process.

By becoming just the third side to bat out a final day when entering it four wickets down, Alastair Cook’s side secured double the money they were handed for finishing at the summit of the standings last year.

Had England lost the series versus New Zealand, which ended 0-0, they would have been leapfrogged by India, who improved their points tally with a 4-0 whitewash of Australia.

At the top of the tree is South Africa, who will be presented with the Test mace and $US450,000 at the Wanderers on Thursday.

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