Andrew Strauss to get ICC mace after Oval Test

August 15th, 2011 - 6:48 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 15 (IANS) England captain Andrew Strauss will receive the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) mace for becoming the World No.1 Test side after the conclusion of the fourth Test against India at The Oval.

The mace will be presented to Strauss a day after The Oval Test to avoid a clash between ICC sponsor Reliance and npower, who are sponsoring the Test series.

The mace, plated in silver and gold, is valued at around 30,000 pounds and was commissioned from the British jewellers Asprey and Garrard in May 2001. But ironically the mace had nothing to do with England and was handed over to Australian captain Ricky Ponting in July 2003.

The mace was presented to India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in New Delhi in December 2009, after they became the World No.1 side beating Sri Lanka and ended South Africa’s brief spell at the top of the rankings.

The Guardian reported that there is no record of the mace ever presented to South Africa though ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat did take it to Pretoria during the 2009 series in which they failed to dislodge Australia.

If the England team stays on top until next spring, they will receive $175,000 on April 1 while the second-placed team will get $75,000.

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