Domingo surprised as Aussies leapfrog Proteas

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Coach Russell Domingo has emerged reasonably flabbergasted after South Africa were displaced by Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council's Test rankings earlier this week.

Coach Russell Domingo has emerged reasonably flabbergasted after South Africa were displaced by Australia at the top of the International Cricket Council's Test rankings earlier this week.

The Proteas were all but assured retaining the number one ranking despite a series loss to the Australians earlier this year. An update in the rankings at the end of April, though, has seen them fall 0.35 points behind the Aussies.

The revision weighted series from 2012 and 20113 at only 50 percent, affording recent results greater emphasis.

"I am a little bit surprised because I thought there was quite a substantial gap between the number one and two-ranked side, but that's the way it is. We just have to get on with it and play cricket again," Domingo told <i>ESPNcricinfo</i>.

The South Africans will play two Tests against Sri Lanka in July, one against Zimbabwe in August and three more against the West Indies in December and January.

The team will be without stalwart opener Graeme Smith, who has quit international cricket entirely, and all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who has retired from the longest format of the game.

"The Test side will take on a new shape now, especially with Kallis and Smith not being there so .the main thing is getting the new leader in place and forging the relationship with him," added Domingo.

"It's important that we pick the right person and that person has some time to establish how he wants to do things. There's a big difference between scoring runs at franchise level and at Test level and that's why replacing Kallis and Smith will be the big challenge."

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