Hashim Amla of South Africa has returned to the top three, Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews has achieved a career-best ranking and Ian Bell of England has earned a place in the top 20 of the latest ICC player rankings.
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has praised Jacques Kallis for retiring from the international stage at the right time, saying the all-rounder would not have been mentally up for the World Cup next year.
A perceived inability to change the momentum of matches in the same fashion as some of the more flashy contemporaries - like Sir Garfield Sobers and Sachin Tendulkar - is the main criticism of Kallis, writes Barend Prins.
Coach Russell Domingo admitted South Africa were relatively caught off guard, after veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis retired from all forms of the international game on Wednesday.
South African Test captain Hashim Amla stood at the fore of plenty of praise for for the veteran Jacques Kallis, who retired from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect.