Johannesburg public have chance to get up close and personal with Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship mace
Mace on display at Sandton City Shopping Center from 12 – 2pm on Thursday 19 February
Cricket fans in Johannesburg have the chance to get up close and personal with the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship mace this Thursday when it goes on display at the Sandton City Shopping Center.
The mace is awarded to the top Test team and it will be up for grabs over the next five weeks as number one-ranked Australia goes head-to-head with its closest rival South Africa in a three-match series.
The mace will be on display in the Banking Mall of the shopping center between 12 noon and two o’clock on Thursday 19 February.
Members of the public will be able to come and see the trophy that Graeme Smith and Ricky Ponting’s sides are playing for and have their photos taken next to it.
The media are also invited to come along and film and take photos of the mace. ICC spokesman Brian Murgatroyd will be available for interview.
WHAT: Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship mace on public display
WHERE: Banking Mall of the Sandton City Shopping Center, Johannesburg
WHEN: Thursday 19 February, 12 – 2pm
The Test series between South Africa and Australia begins in Johannesburg on 26 February. Matches are also set to take place in Durban (beginning 6 March) and Cape Town (beginning 19 March) and tickets are still available through usual outlets.
Background on the Reliance Mobile Test Championship mace:
The Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship mace is presented to the team that leads the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship.
It has been in Australia’s hands for all but five months (January – May 2003, when South Africa topped the table) since it was inaugurated in May 2001.
South Africa will head the table and reclaim the mace if it beats Australia in the three-match series. But Australia will retain possession of the mace if it draws or wins the series.
The mace was produced by the then British Crown Jeweller, Asprey & Garrard, in 2001, which was commissioned to make a distinctive prize designed to stand out from other cricket trophies.
The designers produced a 90cm silver and gold-plated trophy based on a cricket stump as its shank, topped by an orb that represents the cricket world – both geographically and through the inclusion of the emblems of all 10 ICC Members that have played Test cricket.
The stump and the orb combine to portray the mace, regarded as a symbol of authority and prestige. This is regarded as an appropriate combination given the rich history of Test cricket and its image as the most traditional and purest form of the game.
The mace sits on a wooden base with a silver-plated plaque in front with room for engravings of the sides to hold it. The mace was valued at stg£30,000 in 2001 and automatically passes from one team to another as results confirm a change of leadership in the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table.
Current standings in the Reliance Mobile Test Championship can be found here: http://icc-cricket.yahoo.com/
The side that tops the Reliance Mobile ICC Test Championship table on 1 April each year collects US$175,000 for doing so. The second-placed side receives US$75,000.
South Africa has already secured a guaranteed US$175,000 for its performances in One-Day International cricket as no side can catch it at the top of the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table ahead of the 1 April cut-off.
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