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South Africa players top all Test rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 4, 2013

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Hashim Amla scored his 19th Test hundred, South Africa v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, 1st day, January 11, 2013
Hashim Amla has overtaken Michael Clarke in the Test batting rankings © Getty Images
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South Africa's current dominance of the Test scene is highlighted by the updated player rankings which give them the No. 1 batsmen, bowler and allrounder in the format.

Hashim Amla, who is also the No. 1 ODI batsman, jumped above Michael Clarke after the Johannesburg Test to complete the trio. Dale Steyn, who was Man of the Match after a career-best 11 wickets, and Jacques Kallis consolidated their respective No. 1 positions.

Amla made 37 and an unbeaten 74 at the Wanderers to move eight points above Clarke. Kallis had a solid all-round match, scoring a first-innings fifty then chipped in with three wickets.

"I am surprised and happy with my position as the No.1 ranked Test batsman. However, I'm also mindful that rankings change quite regularly," Amla said. "It's been a great year for our squad, and to be honest I still don't think that I am the best batsman in our team.

"What has been most pleasing though for us has been the all-round contribution from everyone in the squad that has been the main reason for our success over the last few years.

"Needless to say, it is always easier to be at the top of your game and successful when you are part of a winning team. Dale and Jacques have been tireless workhorses for the Proteas and continue to consistently put in quality performances for our team, it is no wonder that they are at the top of the bowling and all-rounder rankings."

Steyn's outstanding match, to follow a productive series against New Zealand, has given him a new career-best ranking of 908 to put him comfortably ahead of Vernon Philander in second position. There are almost 100 points between Steyn and the third-ranked bowler, Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath.

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Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

I am very impressed by this current SA team. The subcontinent is their last big test and in my opinion i think they would definitely beat all the subcontinental powerhouses on their own turf, with or without a specialist spinner. I would say this test team will be the team to beat for the next decade or two.

Posted by Smahuta on (February 6, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@short_cover Are you aware steyns previous best was in india right? In fact SA play away from home more than at home so your theory is complete BS. It takes real talent to stay the workds number one bowler for 3 years plus. If he is over rated, then every other bowler should not be rated at all. THx for listening.

Posted by short_cover on (February 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

I know my comments might get taken negatively. But I'll give it anyways. Amla is only getting started and there has/is/will be no one like Kallis's talent as an all-rounder. I do feel that bowlers like Steyn are heavily over-rated... even in statistical terms. For a bowler to rely so much on swing is a sign of their dependency on certain conditions only. Remember, there have been bowlers in the world who got the ball to swing in All conditions and not just in the Eng/SA/Aus/NZ. Infact, the main difference b/w Steyn and J. Anderson is pace, otherwise they are exactly the same bowlers. In contrast, look at his record in UAE during last years Pak/SA Test seriies. He was just another bowler, literally. While here, he becomes a revelation. So if a bowler's performance sways this much only due to conditions, I have a hard time rating him. And since he plays mostly on wickets that support 'his' bowling, the stats soar.

Posted by Wallaroo on (February 6, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

If one was to combine the Aussie team of the late 90's - mid 2000's and the current Saffa team their would be 6 Aussies and 5 Saffas. Pretty even balance. Smith (c), Hayden, Amla, Ponting, Kallis, Waugh (vc), Gilcrest, Steyn, Philander, McGrath & Warne

Back up players would be Martyn, Langer, Faf & AB de Villiers

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