Proteas slip in ICC rankings

2011-11-22 13:50

Johannesburg - The Proteas slipped one place to third in the ICC Test rankings after drawing 1-1 in their two-match series against Australia.

The tourists fought back to level the series with a two-wicket victory at the Wanderers on Monday after the South Africans had snatched an eight-wicket win in a bizarre Test at Newlands.

England remained in top spot in the rankings, while India climbed to second and Australia narrowed the gap in fourth place.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith, despite making an unbeaten century in the first match, and averaging 61.66 in the series, dropped five positions to 11th in the Test rankings for batsmen.

Hashim Amla, the top run-scorer from either side, contributing 239 runs at 59.75, climbed one place to sixth, and AB de Villiers, who made 145 runs at 48.33, rose two positions to 12th.


  • Deon - 2011-11-22 14:36

    We improved from our last encounter with them. Smith avaerage was 61.66 not bad.

      Wesley - 2011-11-22 14:53

      not bad at all!

      Barry - 2011-11-22 18:50

      The bookies will get better odds on South Africa losing, the next time South Africa play a test

  • Jango - 2011-11-22 15:00

    Please, for Pete's sake, get rid of Mark Boucher. This guy is a wastoid - untidy behind the wickets - and a genuine number 11 batsman. It is a sad day for SA cricket if this is the best we have... there is no room for passengers. Even if we invest in a young keeper who only averages 10 with the bat each innings - that's already a step ahead of 'Bocher'. At least we can say it's an investment in the team's future. 'Bocher' at mid-thirty something - is an investment in alzheimers. We've seen his pathetic performance before, but refuse to remember it during squad selection.

      Sulaiman - 2011-11-22 15:37

      Vilas for wicket Keeper and Morne must shape up or Tsotsobe is going to take his place. Think that Duminy should have been playing the Test matches instead of Prince.

  • kvonbentheim - 2011-11-22 15:16

    They should stop the T20 crap and opt for more 5 day tests & ODI's.

      Adri - 2011-11-22 16:08

      Could'nt agree more. Test cricket is not about a shot per ball as some of our senior players think. Our shot selection was realy poor as well as the CAPTAINCY.

      springbokke - 2011-11-23 07:45

      @kvonbntheim....Well said sir...well said.

  • Andre - 2011-11-22 15:25

    Smith got a decent avg but his showed poor captaincy skills and fielding. Boucher, Prince need to go. Morkel also needs to bring his A game

      JacquesClaassen - 2011-11-22 15:41

      I agree with Boucher and Prince that showed the mentality of a 5 year old, but Morkel, seriously Morkel!? One of the reasons Steyn is allowed to bowl so well is because he works so well with Morkel he has to stay!

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