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Amla joins the 900 club

2012-09-06 20:00
Hashim Amla (File)
Cape Town - Proteas star Hashim Amla has soared to a career-best 901 rating points on the latest ICC ODI batting rankings.

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Amla’s latest success with the bat in the ODI series against England sees him cement his lead as the No 1 ODI batsman, as well as join the elite 900-point group.

Amla is not one for rankings but even he may want to take note of this achievement, which is the eighth highest in the history of the game. He currently averages 59.55 and holds a clear edge over his nearest competitor, Virat Kholi on 858 points. Other batsmen to have passed the 900-point mark include Brian Lara, Javed Miandad and Vivian Richards, who holds the record with 935 points. Gary Kirsten is the only South African batsman to have reached the milestone.

Proteas one-day captain, AB de Villiers makes no movement in third place, although his performances during the series have helped him accumulate his highest ranking points of 852.

The latest rankings also see Dale Steyn return to the top 10 of the bowling rankings, with spinner Robin Peterson moving up 12 places to a career-best 29th. Peterson was the highest wicket-taker of the series with seven wickets, and continues to impress with the ball after returning to the international fold in 2010. He has taken 39 wickets in 25 matches for the Proteas since October 2010, and sits with a career-best 575 rating points.

Seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe has moved down from No 1 to No 3, with Wayne Parnell making significant strides to position 44, up by 16 places.


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