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South Africans rise up Test rankings after Oval victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 25, 2012

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Hashim Amla celebrates after his record-breaking stroke runs for four, England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day, July, 22, 2012
Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla are gunning for Kumar Sangakkara's No. 1 ranking © Getty Images
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  • Batsmen: 1. Kumar Sangakkara (-), 2. Jacques Kallis (+2), 3. Hashim Amla (+3), 4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul (-2), 5. AB de Villiers (-2), 6. Graeme Smith (+4)
  • Bowlers: 1. Dale Steyn (-), 2. Saeed Ajmal (-), 3. Rangana Herath (+1), 4. Vernon Philander (+1), 5. James Anderson (-2), 6. Morne Morkel (+4), Ben Hilfenhaus (+1), Peter Siddle (+1)
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South Africa's batsmen have surged up the ICC Test rankings to occupy four of the top six spots after their colossal performance in the first Test at The Oval. Jacques Kallis is at No. 2, Hashim Amla (3), AB de Villiers (5) and Graeme Smith (6). Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara remained No. 1, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul dropped two spots to No. 4. Kallis also unseated Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan as the No. 1 allrounder in Tests.

Kallis' unbeaten 182 in South Africa's 637 for 2 moved him up from No. 4 in the ranking for Test batsmen. Amla, whose 311 was a South African record, rose three places while Smith climbed four places from tenth. De Villiers, who did not get an opportunity to bat in the innings-and-12-run victory, dropped two spots from third.

Among the England batsmen, Alastair Cook moved from ninth to eighth because of the 115 he scored in the first innings at The Oval.

There were significant gains for South Africa's bowlers as well after they took 20 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Dale Steyn, who took seven wickets in the match, consolidated his place at No. 1 and is six points short of his career best rating - 902, which he achieved against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in 2011.

Morne Morkel's five wickets lifted him from tenth to joint sixth with Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus, while Vernon Philander rose one spot to fourth place.

All of England's bowlers, who took only two wickets in 189 overs, dropped in the rankings. James Anderson went from No. 2 to No. 5, Stuart Broad from third to ninth and Tim Bresnan slid one place to No. 15. Graeme Swann's wicketless performance cost him three places from No. 8 and he dropped out of the top ten for the first time since August 2009.

South Africa need to win the series by any margin to take the No. 1 Test ranking from England.

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Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

RSA won only cause of d bowlers ....... everyone's not world-class but as a team they are .....

Posted by Meety on (July 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain - I have a chuckle about Siddle rated as an allrounder. He has improved his batting, but I really think the bar is a bit low there. After the Newlands business earlier this year when I think Siddle & Lyon topped scored & on the back o Siddle nearly top & nearly got our highest aggrageate in the Ashes Boxing day fiasco, I did jokingly say he should be batting @ #6 at the time.

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 28, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK ... Agree, & often feel the wild swings do not truely reflect the players/teams very well - Bangladesh has had the biggest swings in T20 that I have ever seen in recent weeks... I've thought of fractional buffers on recent games, home/away differentials among others, but they all have flaws... The current system is fairly basic, but the media do tend to promote over-emphasis on these swings...

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Not really bothered if Kallis regained his Number 1 position from Shakib as long as its someone whose worth it in this case a legend like Kallis then its perfectly justified. Kallis in my opinion is probably the greatest All-Rounder the game has ever seen but what I'm very suspicious of on the player rankings especially the Test All-Rounders is that players like Broad, Steyn, Siddle etc are rated from numbers 3-10 when clearly these players are bowling specialist. I know some can bat a bit but their record in batting overall does not suggest at all that they can bat fluently. Probably they are knows as Bowling All-Rounders but really the top All-Rounders in the World today are Kallis, Shakib, Matthews, Hafeez, Raina and Watson.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

@Raiyan24r...Actually Shakib is just about 55% batting and 45% bowling I mean already at the age of 25, he has scored well over 5000 runs in all forms with 7 centuries and well over 30 half centuries. In his bowling, overall he has taken almost 300 Wickets. Shakib is definitely NOT a bowling all-rounder just look at the Test Player All-Rounders the likes of Broad, Vetorri, Steyn, Swann are surprisingly ranked as all-rounder when clearly they're not otherwise they're known as 'bowling all-rounders'.

Posted by Raiyan24r on (July 27, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

shakib and kallis are the genuine allrounders.shakib is a 40% in batsman and 60% bowler.kallis is a 65% batsman and 35% bowler.they perform both with bat and ball consistency.the others like afridi is more of a bowler than batsman.watson is batsman who can throw the ball.they are never consistence in both departments. so,they r both equal NOW from different prospectives .

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 27, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@zenboomerang (post on July 27 2012, 05:57 AM GMT): thanks, that makes sense. Perhaps this is somewhat of a flaw in the ranking systems then? I'm not specifically picking on Siddle here, but in cases like this where one team and its players perform badly, how can a player who has not played for ages suddenly be labelled the best in the world per say, just because the other players around him have slipped up? It's a difficult/odd one...

Posted by raj_24 on (July 27, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

@hst84

Australia will win the series vs SA.

By the way how many series have SA won vs AUS since RSA was readmitted in world cricket?

Nothing in SA , apart from one or two all series lost. in Aus only in 2008-09 else all lost.

sometimes back to back series b/w them has seen 5-0 and 5-1 results as well in 6 games

Posted by hst84 on (July 27, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

@raj_24: we'll see buddy..time will tell who will get beaten, SA or Aus !

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 27, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK :- "Why is Siddle there and promoted a few places when he hasn't played for ages?"... Quite simple really - the Eng bowlers performed poorly & their rankings dropped... Same as Test rankings, its an accumulation of points over a period of time either + or - ... But the last Test was abysmal by Eng standards, thus Kallis, Amla, Smith jumped up the ladder - think the article sort of explains all this...

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