ICC news July 25, 2012

South Africans rise up Test rankings after Oval victory

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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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  • on July 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

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

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 10:32 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.

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 6:21 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...

  • on July 27, 2012, 20:41 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.

  • on July 27, 2012, 19:56 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'.

  • Raiyan24r on July 27, 2012, 17:26 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 .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2012, 11:34 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...

  • raj_24 on July 27, 2012, 7:10 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

  • hst84 on July 27, 2012, 6:29 GMT

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

  • zenboomerang on July 27, 2012, 5:57 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...

  • on July 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT

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

  • Meety on July 28, 2012, 10:32 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.

  • zenboomerang on July 28, 2012, 6:21 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...

  • on July 27, 2012, 20:41 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.

  • on July 27, 2012, 19:56 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'.

  • Raiyan24r on July 27, 2012, 17:26 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 .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 27, 2012, 11:34 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...

  • raj_24 on July 27, 2012, 7:10 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

  • hst84 on July 27, 2012, 6:29 GMT

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

  • zenboomerang on July 27, 2012, 5:57 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...

  • raj_24 on July 27, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @altaf patel

    Australia far away?

    Check Rankings before posting.AUS are No.2 in the world in Tests and No.1 in Odi. India is No.5 in tests and no.4 in odi's.

    Aus will be No.1 in Tests if they beat SA in Test series in nov2012 in AUS.

    SA could not beat what everyone calls as weak Aus side in any 3 formats on their home turf last Nov.

    AUS unbeaten in any series Test or Odi since WC 2011 except an unwanted ODI series in ENG which was more for commercial reasons

  • on July 26, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Without doubt, SA deserves to be No.1 beating current No.1 in deadly fashion. Aus are now far away from No.1 in Tests. The days are gone for them. They even struggle in ODIs and T20s.

  • on July 26, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    SA will get top place in Test, ODI, and T20s due to hunger in their players not playing single International match for 6 months unlike India and having one of the finest coach, Gary Kirsten along with, once furious bowler, Bowling coach Allan Donald.

  • ac_Indian on July 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Well played SA... with the current form they deserve to be no. 1.

  • coolindianfan on July 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @ Pras_Punter : "doctor the wickets. " never really heard of something like that . but any ways rival team also have the same options. Why not built a wicket that suits your strengths. After all both team play on the same pitch dont they?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 26, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Why is Siddle there and promoted a few places when he hasn't played for ages? Can someone explain this?

  • vrn59 on July 26, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Jacques Kallis has returned to his rightful ranking of No. 1 on the all-rounder list. The only reason why he's been at No. 2 for a little while is because he now plays a holding role with the ball rather than a strike role, due to the emergence of a fine three-man pace attack. As a batsman, he was ranked No. 1 for most of last year and is close to regaining that ranking this year as well. Kudos to him! A true cricketing legend! P.S.: to all the ridiculously misguided Bangladeshi fans out there who are comparing Kallis with Shakib al Hasan... Seriously?

  • raj_24 on July 26, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @ Pras _ Punter.

    It is confirmed AUS will be No.1 if they beat SA in Nov 2012.

    For that it does not matter whether SA wins vs Eng 3-0.

    if Eng wins vs SA then it would be interesting fight b/w Eng and Aus.

  • Syfo on July 26, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Team South Africa is doing at its best now a days and hopefully SA 'll be at top of the table after this series.

  • on July 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Highflyer_GP...Such a pathetic argument you made, the last time Shakib played against South Africa was IN South Africa and he took 11 test wickets so that claim of yours that he would struggle against South Africa is 100% false based on that evidence alone and you said Dale Steyn has not played a Test match in months? haha...I don't understand what you're on about because South Africa have played more than double the amount of Test matches Bangladesh have and Steyn happened to be involved in most of them so please come up with a better argument :)

  • jaycee71 on July 26, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Pras_Punter, according to RandyOZ and jonesy, Australia are always No. 1 in everything!!

  • Jawwad123 on July 26, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Had our Shakib belonged to a higher ranked country, so many people wouldn't have looked upon him with a green eye. Kallis is a great player but he gets more than enough matches to perform whereas Shakib hardly plays a Test each year. But even though he ranks among BEST!!! All credit goes to Shakib! God knows how such blind people dare question ICC's credibility in rankings!???! Everyone knows the truth- it's human nature- u can't bear to see anyone doing better!!!!!!!!

  • coolindianfan on July 26, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Bro Muhammad , Kallis not as good as imran khan , Ian Bottham r u serious Kallis is definitely the top 5 batsmen of the modern era he has 60 centuries and about 550 wickets ,Imran khan has 544 wickets with roughly the same amount of ball in test and 1000 balls less in odis ,when it comes to batting there is no comparison imran has 7 centuries as compared to 60 There is no point even talking about it . Kallis comes down at no 3 and Imran at 5 or 6 .Imran khan was more of a karizmatic personality then a player, Kallis is the other way round .This is one aspect where no body can beat him.He played a pivotal role in 92 wc win .But if you compare just as a player Kallis wins hands down .wc even sachin had to wait for 22 years ,so will u come to a conclusion that he is not a great batsmen.S Africa have let themselves down in all wcs .Just considering individual performance putting ahead imran khan is uncalled for .same goes for Kapil Dev the only allrounder better could be better is Sobbers

  • raj_24 on July 26, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @Pras_Punter

    confirmed AUS will be No.1 if Aus bt SA in November even if SA wins 3-0 vs Eng but then egn can take back No.1 if they win in india.

    But if eng wins vs SA this series and aus beat SA it would be tight but i think it depends on how many games won in a series by the teams.

  • PrasPunter on July 26, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @coolindianfan, not a surprise about your team's home record - if at all a team comes close to winning a series, you would doctor the wickets. Exactly the same thing happened to SA in 2008 and 2010. So not a surprise.

  • Raiyan24r on July 26, 2012, 11:17 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.

  • Raiyan24r on July 26, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    i being a BD.admit that kallis is probably the best test allrounder.but guys pls consider it in a different angle.kallis has bowlers like steys,morkel to assist him and ease up the pressure.but shakib does not have any bowler to assist him.the same goes for batting.shakib will always bat in situation like 12-3 or 21-2 etc.kallis WAS the best and also the LEGEND but shakib IS the present.kallis has more runs,wickets,catches etc as he played more matches than shakib.for me they are both equal at PRESENT.

  • on July 26, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    The only way South Africa can become no. 1 is by maintaining the same level of intensity that they have shown in the 1st test match. South Africa have not remained no. 1 since long time only because of inconsistent performance. S.A. should not repeat the mistakes they committed against India & Sri Lanka in the home series in 2010-11 & 2011-12 season respectively which was they let these teams bounce back after beating these teams comprehensively in the first test.If they let England bounce back in the second test they might not be able to win the series.

  • Highflyer_GP on July 26, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: If you're good enough then you won't slip down. Dale Steyn has not played a test match in months, yet still remains the top bowler. It was the same story in 2011 and the same in 2010. To blame a lack of matches is a poor excuse - how do you think Shakib would fare if he had to play against SA right now? I'm guessing that he would slip a lot more than just one place. Think about it.

  • Highflyer_GP on July 26, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    @: Muhammad Ibrahim: Garry Sobers and Joel Garner never took 10 wicket hauls either. You're so blinded by your anti-Kallis hatred that you put average cricketers like Botham ahead of him. The guy is a legend, possibly the greatest ever allrounder and one of the best batsmen, live with it.

  • on July 26, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Jacques Kallis is the worlds best all-rounder and now the world knows it.

  • PrasPunter on July 26, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Andre C, We have come around as the dominant one for quite some time. So it is matter of time before someone takes over the mantle. You must reserve your condolences for Eng for not having able to hold it for a longer time !!

  • on July 26, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @Nandika...Don't be silly and please read properly, nobody is claiming Shakib is better than Kallis of course not, we're talking about the current Test rankings of the players and Shakib now is Number 2 Test All Rounder because Bangladesh haven't played a Test match this year whereas it took Kallis 5 Tests this year to regain his ranking back so really Kallis regained that number 1 ranking without competition. Reality is that only 8 countries play Test Cricket and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are just there to fill up the ranks so Test Cricket doesn't look dead and embarrassing.

  • PrasPunter on July 26, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Folks, please confirm this, if Aus beat SA this Nov, would we be No 1 in test rankings again ? RandyOZ/Jonesy - mates, any idea about this ?

  • on July 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Only reason SA hasnot been a number one side because they play quite a few test matches than other no. 1 team...

  • on July 26, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    imo sobers , imran, miller, botham/hadlee and kapil are the greatest allrounders EVER. Kallis is no way near the top 3. Yes he has scored more than 12 thousand runs and has taken 270 odd wickets but that only makes him a great batsman. He has never taken a ten wicket haul and i don't remember him bowling a good spell in the subcontinent. He has never run through a good batting side and has never had a great series as an allrounder (against a good side). Where as imran ,botham,hadlee literally won matches or even series for their teams on their own. Imran and kapil even won the WC with decent teams but kallis hasn't won one! even with players like donald,klusner,shaun,boucher,ntini,steyn,smith etc. Yes you can call him a great allrounder but to call him the greatest? That's just not acceptable.

  • coolindianfan on July 26, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Is anyone seriously even thinking about comparing Shakib al hasan and Kallis .Lol Shakib is just overratted. An inning or two here or there but kallis has been performing consistently for over 16 years against the best bowlers.If kallis keeps on performing this way i think he as a player (not as a batsmen) will be better then sachin . Great asset to a team .I think South Africa has good chance to win the series . And end Englands reign .India were better team as no 1 they stayed for 2 years and has been almost a decade since were defeated in their own backyard. England have been loosing in their backyar as well. Ton of respect to kallis from an Indian fan.

  • Nandika on July 26, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    shakib cant compare to kallis...kallis has played lot off matches e is legend... sure he will be next highest run getter all time..and most hundreds by single batsman..so cant even close to kaliis ability..he is going to break sachin record in next few years look at his records avg hundreds runs....i think he sure he is the all time best test batsman ever played the game...............

  • PrasPunter on July 26, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Atleast Eng won a series in Aus during their regime as No1. But india... no series wins off-late in Eng/Aus/SA/SL. They were No 1 only because we Aussies lost. WI and Aus teams were the real ones that dominated the game for a longer span. Poms were plain lucky . And no comments about india. Lets see how long SA remains over there.

  • Joby_George on July 26, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    England are in no.1 just because of luck. They are over rated. SA are the beset side by a huge margin

  • ARV9 on July 26, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @Hussain M Alavi Shakib replaced kallis as No.1 all rounder in Tests- not ODIs. The countries you listed - Ireland , Zimbabwe , scottland. afganistan and Canada dont play tests, they are ODI sides. Get some grasp of cricket and ICC ranking system before commenting. If he is ranked 1st its bcoz he played well over the year or so.

    The ranking is not a comparison of players but only their present form. So no point in discussion of players ability.

  • on July 26, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    theres no need for rankings to tell Kallis is the best allrounder at the moment. He is undoubtedly the greatest allrounder of all time. In my opinion better then sobers since he is surely a better bowler.Just consider this kallis has bowled 2489 balls LESSER than sobers at present but got 43 wickets MORE. All the best Proteas

  • MichaelBurton on July 26, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Some people attribute the reson to surpass Sakib by Kalis to the difference in number of test matches played by each. I like the way Sakib playing and Bangladesh team overall. But, actually speaking, if Bangladesh gets more test matches, Sakibs rank will definitely go down. Sometimes, he might not be in the top 10. The reason that he remained at the top was that they haven't played much test matches. This is the reality.

  • on July 26, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Shakib should not in the list period. cos how many test matchaes or ODIs he played compared to Kallis? shane Watson seriously yes. shakib only plays with Ireland , Zimbabwe , scottland. afganistan and Canada. this is joke.

  • on July 26, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Sanga still at top, been number 1 for most of last 7 years

  • cricketfannik on July 26, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    SA gonna rock the world. They deserve this since Wessles and Hansie and pollock worked on the team. They always play well consistent from so many years but only unlucky in Wcups. I beleive still they had atleast 2 wcups with them but due to poor law/ rules they lost it. spcly 1992 and 1999 . All the best SA and when they will be on top they wont lose dat position like Eng, Ind. Ind was alteast rank 1 for 2 yrs . Aus were good. But now Its SA

  • Chesty-la-roux on July 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    The fact that Kallis is not permanently enshrined at the top of the all rounder rankings until the day he retires demonstrates just how meaningless they are.

  • MinusZero on July 25, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I see comments with people saying its an insult to compare Kallis to Al Hasan. Kallis is uncomparable, his batting alone places him among the top batsmen of all time. Comparing Watson to Kallis would also be an insult to Kallis. What a legend

  • Legend_of_All_Times on July 25, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Since Bangladesh doesn't Play Enough Test matches Now-a-Days compared with South Africa, Jacques Kallis got an Easy Opportunity to Surpass Shakib Al Hasan in Test All Rounder Ranking. For an Easy Example, Bangladesh Played it Last Test match before 7 months ago in December 2011. Moreover, Kallis always gets an Extra Benefit to be Part of Star-Affluent South African Team Where Smith-Amla-De'Villiars like Batsmen and Styn-Morkel like Bowlers are always Ready to Assist Him to meet any Challenge Comfortably, But Shakib is Unfortunate Enough to be Part of Star-Indigent Team like Bangladesh. Yes, Its True that Bangladesh isn't good Enough in Test Cricket and almost Poor in Test Performance, Albeit Shakb's Being Top Test All Rounder Proves his Extraordinary Talent. Besides, Kallis is far far ahead of Shakib in terms of Test No. Played and Experience. So, Being Behind in Many Facts from Kallis but still Topping As Test All Rounder Assays Shakib's Remarkable Courage and Vivid Success.

  • on July 25, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    @siddiqi...Why exactly can't you put Shakib alongside the best all-rounders today? To me it looks like you're stereotyping just because he's Bangladeshi because you said Watson is genuine but didn't include Shakib but in the past two years alone, Shakib's record is better than Watson so please talk with some sense and proof.

  • hoko7354 on July 25, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Might be a bit random here...but how about T Perera from Sri Lanka? He is a great all rounder in the Pak and India ODI so far. I wonder how he will perform in the test matches? I reckon he has potential to be one of the all rounder legends.

  • on July 25, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    He is a one of the greatest batsman the world ever produced. To my guess by end of this series he will be ranked no 1 batsman. I always look at Kallis as a world class reliable batsman. Nowadays he doesn't bowl much but still he ranked 31. Catching department he holds 4th position. Almost similar statistics will be seen for ODI's. We cannot compare his all-round performance he is one and only. Kallis currently holds 43 100+ with 57+ Average and he is still 2+ years younger and played 35 matches less than SRT. He and Sanga is the only two batsmen I believe have the capability of breaking SRT's record. If he would have born in India he would have been more than a GOD (in fact godfather). Due to strike rate he missed 200+ sounds ridicules b/c Dravid, Attapatu etc. with almost 5+ 200+ have less strike rate than Kallis. Test cricket is about temperament, Technic and application not strike rate. I wish him a great success ahead and would not mind breaking the record of SRT b/c he deserves.

  • siddiqi on July 25, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    May be I am old but for me when you talk about # 1 all rounder then I think about Imran/Botham/Hadlee etc. At present ICC top 10 list of allrounders contains only 2 genuine all rounders Kallis and Watson. Rest are all bowlers who can bat a bit. I think Shakib is effective with both bat and ball but you can't put him in the category of great allrounders.

  • CoorparooMaverick on July 25, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    To Ashik Imran - are you serious? just 12 and a half thousand runs and nearing 300 test wickets! how Shakib Al Hasan is mentioned in the same breath is a joke. i guess with Shakib you get inflated figures when the rest of the team is so poor. Kallis and Sobers are lightyears ahead of anyone else.

  • on July 25, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    How did Kallis overcame Shakib ?

  • samincolumbia on July 25, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Finally the ICC rankings reflect the reality when it comes to the number 1 allrounder!! Shakib is a joke and he is nothing more than just an over hyped average player. Comparing him to Kallis is an insult to Kallis.

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    South Africa is the new Australia. With four batsmen in top 6 and three bowlers in top 6, they deserve to be on top of the world....

  • on July 25, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Please explain how Shakib Al Hasan is a better allrounder than Kallis? It's an insult comparing the two! @Evilpengwinz so Shakib bowls more than Kallis? Kallis bats a lot more, and better, than Shakib. His bowling avg and strike rate is slightly better(only just) than Kallis' and then comes the batting and fielding stats. No other cricketer, EVER, has stats comparable to Kallis'! The fact that he was number 2 in the allrounder rankings is a joke!!

  • BellCurve on July 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    During the reign of King Henry, SA has consitently been ranked No2 in the world. That means they have consitently been performing very well in Test cricket. Other teams, like Pakistan, England and India, have risen and fallen. Australia on the other hand has consitently been the No1 Test team in the world. To me the greatest modern day cricket contests are those between SA and Aus. The series between SA and Aus later this year will ultimately determine the No1 team in the world. I cannot wait! The current series is merely an appetizer.

  • Marcio on July 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @Andre C, considering AUS are ranked #1 in ODIs and #2 in tests I wouldn't think things have changed that much. You are obviously a Pom. More of the same from the cherry pickers up north.

  • Marcio on July 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Reasonable. Although for batsmen in particular it appears to strongly favour those who have played recently. If your country is in off season, your batsmen won't feature much.

  • Pratchett on July 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    How did Kallis overtake Amla? Very strange...

  • on July 25, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Shrekk - LOL what is the record Amla has in Sri Lanka and India ? in turning wickets it not easy to bat, look at how well Ajmal and Herath bowled in the recent matches, Sanga is a world class player and so do Amla, u not even a 0.1 as both of them

  • on July 25, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Poor Australia, how times have changed.

  • CaptainKool on July 25, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    They deserve it truly. Afterall it is my favorite team along with India.

  • Shrekk on July 25, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    It's pretty clear to me that Sangakkara is not half the batsman that each of Amla and Kallis are. Heaping up runs on the kind of pitches there are in Sri Lanka means nothing. Plus, the factor of playing more than the others. Sanga's record in England is nowhere close to worthy of no.1...he does deserve to be 3 or 4 doh..

  • Evilpengwinz on July 25, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Re: Kallis in rankings comments - He wasn't top because although almost everyone would agree he's a better allrounder than Shakib, Shakib is probably Bangladesh's best bowler and bowls a lot more overs (and therefore takes more wickets per game), whereas Kallis is probably the 4th or 5th best bowler for SA, depending on conditions, therefore doesn't bowl as much as Shakib and his place in the rankings suffers as a result.

  • Wexfordwonder on July 25, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    As a South African supporter I have to recognise that our team has choked in many of the previous ICC tournaments. However, you cannot generalise and suddenly start to label the Proteas as chokers in all formats and in every pressure situation. That is simply not true.

  • on July 25, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Congrats to South Africa in such a convincing win but in my opinion though Kallis is the greatest all rounder in modern time, I still think Shakib today is the best all-rounder in the world though he's now number 2 in Tests because Bangladesh haven't even played a Test match this year whereas it took Kallis 5 Tests this year to regain it back but nevertheless, Kallis proved his class in that England Test match.

  • Asadpk on July 25, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    no Indian players in the Test top 10, and only 2 in the ODI top 10!!!

  • jplterrors on July 25, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    NZ gave SA a better run then Eng did NZ would easily beat Eng.

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @KingOwl, nah Proteas dont choke at test cricket the Poms are pretty good at choking as well. Please remind me again how many ODI World CUps have England won

  • Eight8 on July 25, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @jonesy2 - did you read the article?? England bowlers "played" but went down the rankings due to poor figures. The batsmen who did well, including the England Batsman Cook rose through the rankings due to good innings (centuries). De Villiers "played" but didn't get a chance to bat and went down. Seems to me that the ranking changes in the article were directly propoortional to performance...

  • bartk on July 25, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    I tend to agree .. These rankings dont make much sense to me .. How is it , that the greatest all round cricketer to ever play the game, is anywhere but No.1 in the all round rankings ??? Makes absolutely NO sense to me at all !

  • k4zz on July 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Kallis is the best player of his generation, able to do a job with both bat and ball and in my opinion better than tendulkar. Was checking out their test batting stats and their pretty much the same if kallis ends up playing the same amount of matches as him he would probably same amount of runs. Having to take into consideration the nature of the pitches in which they usually play in and that kallis usually bowls so has his energy sapped when having to bat. I would rate Kallis as better than tendulkar.

  • thefet on July 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @jonesy if you actually read the article you'd notice that most of the SA players moved up the ranking but not the England players, who pretty much all dropped down the rankings. Your comment of "so if you play your go up in the rankings" is simply stupid. SA won the match by demolishing an English team that were meant to be impenetrable, especially at the Oval. These rankings are always going to be contentious but they are a hell of a lot better than your opinion! Well done SA and those players that performed so well.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 25, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    SA players deserve to be in the top 5. Off the two team Eng and SA, SA is the one who has a better chance of winning in the sub-continent. Gary took us to gr8 heights and now he will take SA to even greater heights. Good Luck

  • StatisticsRocks on July 25, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I agree with rankings of Kallis, Amla and maybe Smith but AB ranked above Cook..hmmm not sure about this though. Clarke ranked above IMO Cook is also not correct. In any case

  • Master_Mihil on July 25, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I have complete confidence in SA, the next match they will loose and will find place to hide. :D In the SL tour of SA , SA won the first match by an innings and Keppler Wessels went as far as to saying SA-A team could beat this SL team. But the next match they Lost. Couldn't even draw it. Anyway SA won next match, and they will do in England the same. :D

  • Master_Mihil on July 25, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    The problem with England is that environment, the pitch, humidity , crowd factor and all the other variables should be within their specifications. otherwise they can't win. :D

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    shiv will be back on top by the end of the current New Zealand series.

  • johnal on July 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    hashim amla is the most consisent batsman right now no surprise he could very well be no1 but with west indies playing new zealand chanderpaul has a great chance to get big scores

  • Jazman on July 25, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Oi, don't forget we have also the No.1 coach.

  • SafferBob on July 25, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    @jonesy2 - No jonesy, If you play WELL, you go up the rankings.

  • Windies2Dheart on July 25, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    I expected SA victory, not a trashing. Finally my thoughts about ENG bowling is proven true. They're not as special as many believe. they hardly ever 'take' wickets, they merely 'earn' them by playing the patience game or batsmen poor strokeplay (or both). These guys downplayed Narine's quality because he didnt get a wicket in ENG. Look at the mighty swan. If he bowls in all of the tests he'll be ranked lower than 20 by the end of the series.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 25, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    @cricket expart and if Ire gets full status and more support from the ICC and play regularly in 2-3 yrs it will be very difficult for Bang to beat Ire in Ire in a series in any format. That is just my opinion based on my observations. So u as a Bangla fan should state both ur case n Ire's.

  • Dale_Pain on July 25, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @Jeremy.. The player rankings are not fickle and the South Africans hardly surged up them - all four of those South African batsmen were in the top 10 before the test anyway, as were Morkel, Philander and Steyn in the top 10 bowlers.

  • jonesy2 on July 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    so basically if you play you go up the rankings. these systems are a joke and need to done done away with

  • BlackInWhites on July 25, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    @Xolile - Dude you seriously need to relax a bit. If you log on to Cricinfo to look at my comments the you need a life. You even memorise what I said a week ago? WOW!! Comment on the article at hand and stop following me please...... Does the fact that I openly support Thami mean that my sentiments dont lie with the Proteas????? WOW!!! So what it i predicted a 2-0 SA loss?

  • glance_to_leg on July 25, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    The intellectually-challenged individuals who were bemoaning the flat pitch on the first day at the Oval (saying it would prevent a result), & singing the superiority of ODIs, &c, have, I trust, now crawled back under their mollusc shells. England should drop not Bresnan (or Bopara) but Broad, who has looked well below his best with the ball, and has failed to deliver runs. He needs to recapture his hunger. He is evidently a more talented cricketer than either Bresnan or Finn (his obvious replacement), but wants character. He should not think that his name is pencilled automatically onto the team sheet. Consistency is one thing, and I do not advocate the chop and change selection policy of the 1980s and 1990s, but out of form or complacent players (or players who seem to have simply lost their edge) need to be dropped. Statistics prove Kallis's greatness, but he is strangely boring. Amla in contrast is a glory to behold. I hope the thrashing will wake England up to make a good contest.

  • KingOwl on July 25, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Beware all this hype of the Saffies! In a couple of weeks, all the heroes may turn in to zeros - it only requires the English weather to turn into its miserable best, or a doctored pitch where Jimmy Anderson gets his banana swing going. Then you will see Cricinfo and all the rest bringing the C-word back!

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    This rankings must be meaningless, if Kallis was not already rated as the No.1 allrounder.

  • RandyOZ on July 25, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    No surprise Swann isnt even seen on the list. Lyon and Tahir a class above. Broad - well the less said about that grade cricketer the better.

  • Dirk_L on July 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @Philip_Gnana: In Chess, the first international sport with a scientific ranking system for players, the older results are never completely discarded. The corresponding method applied to cricket would be: 1. Regard say 30 tests as the maximum window size. 2. If the number of tests played before plus the number from this series would go over 30, adjust the old totals to keep the rating exactly the same, but the number of tests played to be 30 less the number played now (series conting as an extra test, remember.) So if a team has played 28 tests and is involved in a 3-test series, the number played would be reduced to 26 and the total rating points would be multiplied by 26/28. Thus the adjustment to downsize past performance is done continually.

  • BellCurve on July 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @BlackInWhites - You predicted 2-0 for England in the current Test series. You're an outspoken fan of Tsolekile. And now you're yapping on about SA's disappointing WC record whilst a fascinating Test series is underway. Where do your sentiments lie? Clearly not with the Proteas...

  • Edassery on July 25, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Wrong rank formula used, otherwise Indian gods should have been there LOL... haha

    Well done Proteas! You have an amazing test team now.

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    If this SA side doesn't win the next world cup they will be labelled chokers and Kallis will bow out without ever winning a WC.

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Surging up the rankings after one innings shows how fickle this ranking system is!

  • fr600 on July 25, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Lol @ swamigadu's comment. Thats never gonna happen.

  • VVS_a_class_act on July 25, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Not a big Deal !!!! Having more players in top ten doesn't mean that you are a great team. Poteas always looks like a champion team but achieved nothing. They never won any ICC trophy,any major title, hardly become No.1 in tests and ODIs(Not sustianed for long though). After all cricket is a team game. Being in top-10 doesn't guarenty the victory unless untill you played as a team and importantly you doesn't CHOKE at crucial times. Bye the way congratualtions SA for their victory against ENG.

  • on July 25, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    i think england will come back and win the series,i want them to,, and preteas cant win 2 test in a raw,,even srilanka & india beaten them in the 2nd test in SA last year after the thrashing in 1st test, all good for england, bell,cook,trott, need to score big,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • yorkshirematt on July 25, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @WarVdm That wasn't the case last time you were here in 2008. You'll be absolutely fine. We're finished, and even if we somehow manage to improve, the weather is set to return to normal next week.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 25, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    good one! the lucky no:1 team will feel the heat now.

  • SCC08 on July 25, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    "blackinwhites" - agreed. although a WC doesnt measure the success of a team over a period of time.

  • BlackInWhites on July 25, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Well done South Africans!! Proteas' cabinet is still missings World Cups, now work at it Boys....

  • Romanticstud on July 25, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    South Africa have 7 Batsmen/Bowlers in the available 20 spots available in the top 10 for each discipline ... just the fact that only Duminy, Rudolph, Peterson and Tahir are not in the top 10 means that the side is littered with talent ... For England to improve they need ... 1) Finn to replace Bopara ... 2) Go back to the basics ... Straight bat ... Bowl wicket to wicket 3) Do not try to do something ... Just play normally ...

  • Philip_Gnana on July 25, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Well done to the SAffas. They have very good and consistent performers in their team. A balanced outfit too. Kallis has sure done some good to improve is averages in England. Before the game he was averaging just 29.00 which was paltry considering his calibre. Statistics do not lie as long as it is presented in consistent and efficient way. I have always contested the 3-4 year readjustment to the rankings. The readjustment throws a complete different set of tables compared to the one it replaces. This refers to the team (nations) standings. If there is a huge change, then that cannot be considered to be a good system. The SA batsmen are there on pure merit and quite rightly so. Amla has been a top perfomer, who in my opinion started as a moderate and has risen. Same went for the Waugh brothers and for Sangakkara and Alec Stewart too. Worked on their game and improved their performances. England, are a good side, they just need to regroup. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • JBerger on July 25, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Good to see SA being at the top or near top. They always had the potential being the best but some how not so lucky. Wish Camp SA all the best.

  • swamigadu on July 25, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    but indiams r not there when india will take the place no one will be there

  • Jester01 on July 25, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Our intensity was the one thing that really impressed me about the first test against England. Everyone was doing well, unlike in New Zealand when only a few guys was playing to their full potential. The guys are really looking good and with Gary Kirsten steering the ship our cricket is in good hands.

  • WarVdm on July 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Wait untill after the Headingly Test (or perhaps, after the Lord's Test...) untill any conclusions are made. SA are prone to getting big headed after an overwealming victory and then losing the next Test (Downfall after beating Australia in Austalia in 2008; India in India 2008 and 2010; India in South Africa in 2010; against Australia in 2011; Sri Lanka in 2011). I hope I'm wrong, but recent history tells us that SA get too complacent after a big win and then end up losing the next Test Match.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Kiick their ass proteas !!

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    always pleasure to see SA to top the table.So gd luck rest of the match.u will definitely dominate the series............

  • Abaa on July 25, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Kallis doesn't need the no.1 ranking. Everyone already knew he was the best all rounder in the game. If anything, the rankings are actually more recognizable if he's at the top. The ranking needs King Kallis at the top and not the other way around!

  • LazloWoodbine on July 25, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    For consistency and achievements, Kallis can be ranked second only to the great Sir Garfield Sobers in the all-rounder stakes. Interestingly enough, he has a higher Test batting average than Sachin AND has played far fewer Tests than the little master. He's also picked up almost 300 Test wickets and 150+ catches. We're going to miss this fella when he retires.

  • Seether1 on July 25, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @cricket_expart: Fair point about Bangladesh only playing a few tests a year. However as everyone knows, when it comes the Shakib al Hasan and Jacques Kallis, there is no competition. To even compare al-Hasan and Kallis is both a cruel joke on al-Hasan and an insult to cricket. Kallis is without a doubt the best all-rounder of the last 20 years and one of the greatest of all time whereas al-Hasan is a handy cricketer.

  • klempie on July 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @cricket_expart Thanks for the humour in the morning, buddy. You made my day!

  • stormy16 on July 25, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    By the end of the series there is a fair chance SA occupying #1 in all available test rankings.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    There's no doubt in my mind that South Africa are the world's best test side. They will be even better once Imran Tahir gets going.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    My ICC 11 for test- GRAHAM SMITH, ALISTAIR COOK, HASHIM AMLA, K.SANGAKKARA, J.KALLIS, S.CHANDRAPAUL, A.B DEVILLIERS, J.ANDERSON, D.STEYN, V.PHILLANDER, S. AJMAL 12 TH MAN- H.K.R.HERATH What a good team

  • cricket_expart on July 25, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Bangladesh play 2 or 3 test in a year b8 other test team play 10-15 in a year widout zim thats why shakib down n kalis up.if bd team get more chance 2 play test it will b very dificult task 4 others 2 down Bdeshi 4m rankin no:1

  • anver777 on July 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Clearly SA batsmen are dominating the world cricket for the moment in the ICC rankings... although Sanga remains at the top, SA batters will go all out for the top spot during the Eng series !!!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Well, if the alarm bells werent ringing for England in Dubai, they must certainly be ringing now.

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    take them proteas, don't ease up

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    always good to see Proteas in the top spots hope after the Headingly test Jacques Kallis will get N0.1 spot

  • on July 25, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I think Gary Kirsten is gonna take SA to another level..good luck chaps!

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  • on July 25, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    I think Gary Kirsten is gonna take SA to another level..good luck chaps!

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    always good to see Proteas in the top spots hope after the Headingly test Jacques Kallis will get N0.1 spot

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    take them proteas, don't ease up

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Well, if the alarm bells werent ringing for England in Dubai, they must certainly be ringing now.

  • anver777 on July 25, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Clearly SA batsmen are dominating the world cricket for the moment in the ICC rankings... although Sanga remains at the top, SA batters will go all out for the top spot during the Eng series !!!!

  • cricket_expart on July 25, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Bangladesh play 2 or 3 test in a year b8 other test team play 10-15 in a year widout zim thats why shakib down n kalis up.if bd team get more chance 2 play test it will b very dificult task 4 others 2 down Bdeshi 4m rankin no:1

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    My ICC 11 for test- GRAHAM SMITH, ALISTAIR COOK, HASHIM AMLA, K.SANGAKKARA, J.KALLIS, S.CHANDRAPAUL, A.B DEVILLIERS, J.ANDERSON, D.STEYN, V.PHILLANDER, S. AJMAL 12 TH MAN- H.K.R.HERATH What a good team

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    There's no doubt in my mind that South Africa are the world's best test side. They will be even better once Imran Tahir gets going.

  • stormy16 on July 25, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    By the end of the series there is a fair chance SA occupying #1 in all available test rankings.

  • klempie on July 25, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    @cricket_expart Thanks for the humour in the morning, buddy. You made my day!