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England inadvertently hands $100,000 to Australia after West Indies loss

Sporting News logo Sporting News 13/02/2019

Despite suffering one of Australia's most horrific years of cricket, the nation's Test side have somehow defied the odds to humiliate England ahead of the Ashes.

a man standing in front of a crowd © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited Following their series win over Sri Lanka earlier this month, and England's historic loss to the West Indies, the Aussies have jumped over the Poms to finish the summer fourth in the ICC Test Rankings.

The Poms' 2-1 series loss to the Windies has seen Joe Root's men fall down the rankings from third to fifth, surrendering $100,000 to Australia in the process.

England were comfortably beaten by 381 runs in the first match of the series before a dismal display in Antigua saw the tourists go down by 10 wickets.

In St Lucia, a 125-run first-innings stand from Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes was followed by a stunning five-for from Mark Wood, before Root's century set the Windies a hefty target of 485 for a whitewash.

Roston Chase made a stand-alone century on the fourth day, but it wasn't enough as the hosts went down by 232 runs.

Yet, even England's dominant St Lucia performance couldn't prevent an ill-timed drop in the ICC Test rankings.

Now ranked fifth, the English Test side has inadvertently forfeited a $100,000 cash prize to the Aussies who will finish the summer fourth on the rankings.

The ICC rewards the top four ranked Test nations with lucrative cash prizes at the end of March each year; $1,000,000 USD for first, $500,000 for second, $200,000 for third and $100,000 for fourth.

The prizes are handed out along with the Test championship mace annually on April 1.

With just one series remaining before the cut-off date of March 31 - between South Africa (currently second) and Sri Lanka (currently sixth) - Australia and England will remain in their current positions.

As Australia prepare for the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, the prize is sure to boost Australia's morale before they head to England to defend the Ashes.

2South Africa110
3New Zealand107
6Sri Lanka89
8West Indies77

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