The Proteas started the series in third position with 113 points, one more than New Zealand’s 112 points
South Africa have slipped behind New Zealand to fourth position in the ICC ODI team rankings despite beating Sri Lanka 3-2 in their five-match series. The Proteas started the series in third position with 113 points, one more than New Zealand’s 112 points.
The series result saw South Africa slip to 110 points while Sri Lanka gained three points and moved to 80 points, though remaining in their pre-series eighth position.
England are on top of the table with 127 points while India are in second position with 121 points.
Meanwhile, SA paceman Kagiso Rabada has been named Wisden’s Golden Boy of 2018, an award for the best men’s cricketer in the world aged 23 or under.
The South African fast bowler has made a spectacular start to his international career, taking 151 wickets in 32 Tests since his debut in 2015, and currently sits second in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Bowling Rankings behind England seamer James Anderson.
Earlier this year, Rabada, 23, became the youngest ever bowler to top the MRF Tyres ICC Test Bowling Rankings, and he recently surpassed Harbhajan Singh as the youngest to 150 Test scalps.
“We all knew in South Africa that Kagiso Rabada was destined for big things. I knew it was going to come, but I didn’t know it was going to come this quickly,” Allan Donald, the former SA quick, told Wisden Cricket Monthly.
“When Dale Steyn first broke through his consistency and the rate he was taking wickets at was quite frightening and the same is now happening with Kagiso. He’s just incredible, a machine really, and fantastic to watch.”
Rabada is one of three South Africans to feature in the top 10 of the list, with Aiden Markram appearing at No 3 and Lungi Ngidi at No 9.