Proteas bowling pair Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir have advanced within the top-10 of the ICC ODI player rankings after their side’s 3-0 home series triumph over Zimbabwe.
Fast bowler Rabada, who is also ranked second in Tests, has moved up three spots to take sixth position after grabbing five wickets in two matches, while formerly top-ranked leg-spinner Tahir’s player of the series effort of 10 wickets, which included a hat-trick in the second ODI, has seen him progress three places to seventh position.
South Africa fast bowlers Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi have also made significant gains in a series dominated by their team, who won the three matches by margins of by five wickets, 140 runs and four wickets.
Phehlukwayo has moved up nine slots to 35th position with five wickets in the series and Ngidi has gained 19 places to reach a career-best 60th position with four wickets in two matches.
Aiden Markram (up 14 places to a career-best 115th) and Heinrich Klaasen (up 47 places to a career-high 118th) have moved up in the list for batsmen.
For Zimbabwe, Hamilton Masakadza (up three places to 64th) and Sean Williams (up eight places to 78th) are the main gainers among batsmen while Tendai Chetara (up six places to 45th) has progressed in the list for bowlers.
The Proteas’ facile win did not impact the ICC ODI team rankings as both teams remained on their pre-series points tally – the home side in fourth position on 110 points and Zimbabwe in 11th position on 53 points.
ODI BATSMEN (top 10)
|Rank||( /-)||Player||Team||Points||Highest Rating|
|1||( – )||Virat Kohli||Ind||884||911 v Eng at Headingley 2018|
|2||( – )||Rohit Sharma||Ind||842||844 v Pak at Dubai 2018|
|3||( – )||Joe Root||Eng||818||819 v Aus at Brisbane 2018|
|4||( – )||David Warner||Aus||803||880 v Pak at Adelaide 2017|
|5||( – )||Shikhar Dhawan||Ind||802||813 v Pak at Dubai 2018|
|6||( – )||Babar Azam||Pak||798||846 v NZ at Wellington 2018|
|7||( – )||Ross Taylor||NZ||785||789 v Eng at Dunedin 2018|
|8||( 1)||Kane Williamson||NZ||778||798 v SA at Centurion 2015|
|9=||(-1)||Quinton de Kock||SA||769||808 v Ban at East London 2017|
|( 1)||Jonny Bairstow||Eng||769||777 v Aus at Durham 2018|
ODI BOWLERS (top 10)
|Rank||( /-)||Player||Team||Points||Avge||Eco.||Highest Rating|
|1||( – )||Jasprit Bumrah||Ind||797||21.77||4.54||821 v Pak at Dubai 2018|
|2||( – )||Rashid Khan||Afg||788||14.47||3.90||806 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2018|
|3||( – )||Kuldeep Yadav||Ind||700*!||20.10||4.65||700 v Ban at Dubai 2018|
|4||( – )||Trent Boult||NZ||699||24.63||5.09||766 v Ind at Delhi 2016|
|5||( – )||Josh Hazlewood||Aus||696||24.27||4.72||733 v Eng at Adelaide 2018|
|6||( 3)||Kagiso Rabada||SA||691||26.79||5.03||724 v Eng at Lord’s 2017|
|7||( 3)||Imran Tahir||SA||685||23.75||4.67||786 v SL at Johannesburg 2017|
|8=||(-2)||Adil Rashid||Eng||681!||30.80||5.52||681 v Ind at Headingley 2018|
|(-2)||Hasan Ali||Pak||681||22.39||5.23||766 v NZ at Wellington 2018|
|10||(-2)||M. Ur Rahman||Afg||679*||19.06||3.84||691 v Ban at Abu Dhabi 2018|
England win the toss and bat first.
Looks like Wood *and* Archer at the Wanderers.
Bavuma in. Hamza out. Van der Dussen up to three.
No solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.
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