Proteas players Duanne Olivier, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla have made significant strides in the latest Test player rankings after the series at home against Pakistan.
Fast bowler Duanne Olivier has reached a career-best 24th position in the bowling rankings after another stellar performance in the final Test at the Wanderers, which his side won by 107 runs to complete a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan.
Olivier’s match haul of 8-125 in the final game has lifted him eight slots in the list led by his compatriot Kagiso Rabada.
His 24 wickets in the series not only got him the player of the series award, but also see him gain 29 slots overall in the rankings after starting the series in 53rd place.
The Proteas, who have reached second position in the Test team rankings after their impressive series victory, also had their batsmen move up the rankings with De Kock (18 and 129 runs in his two innings) gaining 12 berths to reach 14th position.
Amla (up three places to 10th) and opening batsman Markram (up two places to eighth) have also made big gains in the batting rankings.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam has moved up five places to a career-best 20th position and Asad Shafiq is not far behind after inching up one slot to 23rd place.
Openers Imam-ul-Haq (up 23 places to 73rd) and Shan Masood (up two places to 63rd) have also reached career-best positions.
Among their bowlers, Mohammad Amir has gained three slots to reach 31st position while other fast bowler Faheem Ashraf has lifted 48 slots to a career-best 58th position after finishing with six wickets in the match.
Spinner Shadab Khan has also reached a career-best place after gaining 23 places to reach 78th in the list.
An awful lot of England players average 30-odd recently.
Jofra Archer getting his England Test cap was a lovely thing.
Virat Kohli scoring another hundred, obviously.
Sri Lanka trail by 22 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand…
England bowled out for 258 at Lord’s.
All hail the bits and pieces cricketer, the poor unloved cousin of the all-rounder.
Justin Langer fears it’s “not humanly possible” for Pat Cummins to play all five Tests.
Back to the drawing board lads.