The Castle Lager Proteas’ dominance at the top of the ICC Test rankings has been further underlined by the presence of Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis in the No.1 position of the three respective disciplines. Amla passed Michael Clarke to the top of the Reliance ICC Test batting ranking after his performance in the first Test against Pakistan, with Steyn and Kallis leading the bowling and all-rounder rankings.
Amla becomes the first batsman since Ricky Ponting in 2007 to occupy the No.1 position in both Tests and One Day Internationals and attributes his success to the Proteas’ rise to the top of the ICC Test rankings.
“I’m surprised and happy with my position as the No.1 ranked Test cricketer,” Amla said. “However I’m also mindful that rankings change quite regularly. 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,” he added. “Dale and Jacques have been tireless workhorses for the Proteas and continue to consistently put in quality performances for our team, and it is no wonder that they are at the top of the bowling and all-rounder rankings.”
Steyn has broken the 900-rating points barrier for the second time in his career to retain his number one position in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, and Jacques Kallis still heads the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.
As man of the match in the Johannesburg Test, Steyn broke the 900-rating points barrier for the second time in his career, thanks to spells of six for eight and five for 52.
Steyn now has 908 ratings points, the best by a Test bowler since Muttiah Muralidaran reached the same rating in July 2008 against India. Steyn last broke the 900-ratings points barrier in November 2011 after the Cape Town Test against Australia. He now sits alongside ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Alan Davidson of Australia in 13th position on the Reliance ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Rating.
Proteas vice-captain AB de Villiers has achieved a career-best fourth position in the batting rankings after knocks of 31 and 103 not out, while Faf du Plessis has moved up four places to 34th place.