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Fri Apr 25 09:06:26 SAST 2014

SA cricketers soar up the Test rankings

Sapa | 25 July, 2012 09:410 Comments
England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day Four
Hashim Amla of South Africa celebrates with Jacques Kallis after reaching his triple century during day four of the 1st Investec Test match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on July 22, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

South Africa’s leading batsmen have climbed the latest International Cricket Council rankings released on Wednesday.

Hashim Amla, who became the first Proteas player to score a triple century in South Africa’s thumping victory over England in the first Test at The Oval last week, rose three positions to third with a career-best rating.

Jacques Kallis, who contributed an unbeaten century, also improved his ranking, climbing two positions to second. Only Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is ranked higher.

Kallis also reclaimed top spot among all-rounders, rising above former number one Shakib al Hasan of Bangladesh.

Middle-order batsman AB de Villiers, who did not bat at The Oval, dropped two positions to fifth after he was overtaken by his countrymen, while skipper Graeme Smith, who made a century in his 100th Test, rose four positions to sixth.

Meanwhile, Dale Steyn, who bagged seven wickets at The Oval, stretched the gap over Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal at the top of the Test rankings for bowlers.

Fellow speedster Morne Morkel climbed four spots to sixth — tied with Australia’s Ben Hilfenhaus — and Vernon Philander rose one place to fourth.

The Proteas face Worcestershire in a two-day tour match starting on Friday.

The second Test against England, at Headingley, starts on August 2.

 

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